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Future of Patchway sheltered housing schemes secured

Posted on Wednesday 25th July 2012 at 2:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Charlton Court sheltered housing scheme, Patchway, Bristol Langdale Court sheltered housing scheme, Patchway, Bristol

The future of two sheltered housing schemes for the elderly in Patchway has been secured following months of uncertainty after they were classified “at risk” because they needed “significant investment to remain open”.

Merlin Housing Society had previously named Charlton Court and Langdale Court in a list of ten properties that might have to close, following a review of all 50 of the society’s sheltered housing schemes across South Gloucestershire.

The decision, confirmed after a meeting of the society’s board on 14th June, comes after many rounds of meetings and informal and formal consultation with residents, local Councillors and MPs.

Patchway Councillors reported in September last year that rumours of possible closure were “causing upset” amongst the residents of the two Patchway schemes and the Town Council agreed to write to Merlin and South Gloucestershire Council asking for clarification.

Merlin carried out “in-depth surveys” of the properties towards the end of 2011 but stressed at that time that “no decisions had been made”, adding that the recommendations of the review were being “thoroughly scrutinised”.

The society conducted a formal consultation on draft proposals during spring 2012, ending on 8th May.

At Charlton Court, which has 27 tenants in 25 units, 14 tenants responded to the consultation with 13 agreeing to the recommended ‘option 1’ of doing basic improvement works and revisiting in ten years.

All ten of the respondents at Langdale Court, where there are 17 tenants in 17 units, agreed with the recommended ‘option 1’ of remodelling the scheme to produce improved older people’s housing.

More: Patchway Labour Councillors claim to have saved schemes »

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Aztec West careers fair to help people into work

Posted on Monday 14th May 2012 at 3:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Edge Church Bristol Campus, 1160 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol.

Bristol and South Gloucestershire residents who are battling to find their next job are being offered help at a careers fair being held in North Bristol tomorrow (Tuesday 15th May).

Merlin Housing Society is working with a host of local organisations to arrange the fair at The Edge Church, 1160 Park Avenue, Aztec West Business Park [BS32 4TL, map], from 12 noon to 7pm. The day will include a wide range of opportunities including information on apprenticeships, CV writing, and volunteering. There’ll also be the chance for people to chat with employers and recruiters to find out what vacancies they currently have.

Merlin’s Community Investment Manager Jen Griffiths said:

“We’re committed to improving our communities and the lives of the people who live in them and helping people back into employment is an important part of this. Times are tough and we wanted to give people a chance to learn new skills or find out what options are out there.”

“This is a great chance for people of all ages to come and have a look at what is on offer locally. By learning how to improve their interview technique, picking up new skills from a demonstration or by finding out what opportunities are out there, this event could make a real difference to anyone who is looking for work.”

Merlin will be running workshops on preparing for interviews plus plumbing, and carpentry demonstrations.

More: List of organisations attending the careers fair »

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Closure rumours “causing upset” at sheltered housing schemes

Posted on Tuesday 20th September 2011 at 12:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Charlton Court sheltered housing scheme, Patchway, Bristol Langdale Court sheltered housing scheme, Patchway, Bristol

Rumours of the possible closure of two sheltered housing schemes for the elderly in Patchway are causing upset amongst residents, say Town Councillors.

The two schemes, both located on Coniston Road, are run by Merlin Housing Society and currently provide a total of 40 accommodation units for people over the age of 50.

Langdale Court, near Patchway Roundabout, has six one bedroom flats and ten studio flats. Charlton Court, sited near the Coniston Community Centre, provides eight one bedroom flats and 16 studio flats.

Speaking at last week’s meeting of Patchway Town Council, Cllr Eve Orpen said she had attended meetings staged by Merlin at the two homes in mid-August. She reported that residents had been told: “your sheltered accommodation is not up to the standard we would like and we are looking at closing these two complexes.”

The reference to the possible closure of the schemes relates to a study carried out by ARK Housing Consultancy on behalf of Merlin, which looked into the state of the housing association’s 50 sheltered accommodation properties in South Gloucestershire. The review concluded that ten properties, including both Charlton and Langdale Courts, “would need significant investment to remain open.” [The Gazette reported on 25th August 2011]

Cllr Orpen said the ARK report had been produced in January 2011 but claimed that Merlin had been “sitting on it until now”. She added that she had spoken to the residents of both Patchway schemes and they all said they hadn’t been consulted by ARK or Merlin.

Read on: Town Council demands answers from Merlin and South Glos »

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