bpha is encouraging its residents to keep their communal areas clear of obstacles and trip hazards.

The Move it or Lose it campaign has a strong safety message, advising bpha residents that items such as pushchairs, mobility scooters, bicycles left in communal areas not only create trip hazards for people leaving in an emergency, but also help speed up the spread of fire.

bpha residents who share communal areas have received a postcard advising them that any belongings left in communal areas will be removed.

Julie Wittich, Director of Service Delivery said: “This campaign strengthens our existing policy where such items that pose fire risk are removed but we are now being stricter about our enforcement for fire safety reasons. It’s ultimately about keeping people safe.

“We hope our residents understand the importance and will fully support the efforts of bpha to help keep them safe.”

Under the new policy, when items have been removed residents have 28 days to reclaim the item and will have to pay a return fee of £30 to cover the cost of returning the items. Residents have been advised that the item will be disposed of after 28 days if it is not reclaimed.