Bosses at Biggleswade’s A1 Shopping Park pledge to end bin shortage

The A1 Shopping Park in Biggleswade.

The A1 Shopping Park in Biggleswade. - Credit: Archant

Shoppers say Biggleswade’s brand new £110 million retail park is already starting to look scruffy due to a lack of bins – and bosses have pledged to get things shipshape as soon as possible.

There are only two bins across the whole of the A1 Shopping Park, both next to Matalan, and on Monday folks resorted to using a shopping trolley outside Boots as a makeshift bin.

Customers took to social media to air their concerns, with dozens on the ‘We Love Biggleswade’ Facebook group agreeing more bins were needed – though many also said that responsible shoppers should take rubbish home rather than littering.

“Bins or not, people could take their rubbish home rather than chuck it on the floor,” said one.

“I saw a nappy in a bag alongside various other rubbish.”

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Another said: “Instead of dropping rubbish they should stop being lazy and walk to the bin or put it in their pocket.”

A spokeswoman for JLL, which manages the park on behalf of its owner Aberdeen Asset Management, told the Comet: “The team were on site on Monday appraising the cleaning standards and this is an issue we are now aware of.

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“We are liaising with the appointed contractors and reviewing their scope of service to ensure standards are improved without delay.”

In the wake of the vote to leave the EU, Aberdeen this week sold a flagship property on London’s Oxford Street for £124m, and invited bids on a west London office block – but a spokesman assured the Comet yesterday that there are no plans to sell the Biggleswade site.

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