Fixing fences
who’s responsible?

Boundary fences

bpha is responsible for repairs to boundary fences. These are the fences that separate your home from a road or public footpath. We also maintain communal fences that, for example, serve a communal garden or blocks of flats.

Dividing fences

As a tenant or leaseholder, you are responsible for the repair and maintenance of fences that separate you and your neighbour’s home. If you have a dividing fence in need of repair, you should talk to your neighbour to decide who is responsible for the repair. In most cases, the Land Registry will not be able to confirm whether a fence belongs to an individual property. The best advice is to come to an arrangement with your neighbour on how to fix and maintain the fences you share.

Five tips for wood fence maintenance

1. Apply a protective paint, stain or sealant every few years

2. Avoid planting against fences as this causes rotting, mildew and fungus

3. Clear away leaves and debris from around fences

4. Regularly inspect your fence and clean it with a brush

5. Replace rotting panels and posts as soon as possible to avoid fences collapsing

Please note: shared owners are fully responsible for all fencing repairs to their gardens, including those that border any public right of way.

Pavilion turns 10

Local residents and bpha staff gathered together to celebrate 10 years of the Trumpington Pavilion. The community centre in Trumpington, Cambridge, offers a range of activities for local people including field sports, a scouts club, keep fit, a sewing group and weekly bingo sessions. The centre is also available to hire for special events.

The Pavilion, which belongs to Cambridge City Council, was rebuilt in 2009 after being closed for several years. Now run by the Trumpington Residents Association, the Pavilion has grown to become a valuable community asset for residents of all ages to enjoy.

Councillor Gerri Bird, the Mayor of Cambridge, unveiled a plaque to commemorate the Pavilion’s 10-year anniversary.