There will soon be far less shopping trolleys littering the streets of Hornsby, with Westfield and its retailers agreeing installing wheel-locking mechanisms at entrances and exits similar to those at Westfield in Chatswood and Bondi.
The wheels will lock at every entrance and exit of the centre, including the mall-facing entrances.
“The illegal removal and dumping of trolleys has become a major concern and Council has been working hard with Westfield and the retailers to find the best solution,” Hornsby Shire Mayor Steve Russell said.
“Westfield has always been a responsible corporate citizen and this is another example of them listening to the community and cooperating with Council to achieve the best results.”
Westfield Regional Manager Jason Knott said similar wheel-locking systems are being trialled at other Westfield centres. “When Council came to us with this problem we were only too happy to sit down with our retail partners and Council to find a solution.
“We are very grateful to Council and our retailers, who own and manage the trolleys, for their responsiveness and cooperative spirit. There were all kinds of suggestions being thrown around but Council met us in the middle to find a solution.”
Westfield will oversee the installation of the trolley locks, which will be implemented by the retailers over coming months.