bpha recently took part in series of environmental clean-up days to help support our residents and their community.

Big Local Partnership

Over four Saturday mornings in September and October, members of the Kingsbrook and Cauldwell Big Local Partnership along with staff from bpha staff, Bedford Borough Council and volunteers, collected rubbish from residents’ homes as well as fly-tipping from the neighbourhood area.

An impressive 22.3 imperial tons of general waste and an estimated 7 tons of scrap metal were collected – that’s a total of 29.3 tons of waste removed from the area.

Showing commitment to our tenants and their communities

Through supporting the work of Big Local in an area where we have close to 1,700 homes, bpha is able to work with our residents and partners to keep the area clean and tidy.

David Whitmore, Big Local Co-ordinator, said: “The support bpha and the Borough Council give at these events is vital to us supporting the more vulnerable residents who are unable to get their waste items to us themselves. We simply couldn’t offer the home collection service without this help.”

More about Big Local

Big Local is an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to use National Lottery funding of £1 million each to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities.

Over the past few years bpha’s Community Development Team has worked with the residents who formed the Trust to manage these funds in the Kingsbrook and Caudwell area of Bedford.

One of the initiatives set up by the Cauldwell and Kingsbrook Big Local Partnership was a series of environmental clean-up days. These aim to tidy up their community, an area in which bpha has close to 1,700 homes.

Over the years they have contributed to this area becoming one of the lowest fly-tipped in Bedford.

Each of these events costs Big Local over £1,200 to run and provides local people with the chance to dispose of large items of waste right on their doorstep, free of charge.

Bulky waste collection