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Woman evicted from Patchway flat for ASB

Posted on Monday 7th April 2014 at 5:18 pm by SH (Editor)

Merlin Housing Society.

A 22-year-old woman has been evicted from her Patchway flat after making her neighbours’ lives a misery.

Zoe Gullick was evicted from her Merlin Housing Society home in Willow Close in March following reports of drug taking, verbal abuse and physical threats towards her neighbours from her and visitors to her flat. She had also built up more than £800 in arrears.

Although Merlin initially tried to intervene, Gullick refused to engage and so the housing association went to Bristol County Court to secure an eviction order.

Neighbourhood Housing Manager Kathryn Perks said:

“We’re pleased that we’ve been able to regain possession of this flat from this woman who was causing so much trouble. Her neighbours have been very supportive of our efforts throughout and were willing to provide us with statements and I would like to thank them for this.”

“We’re committed to tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the community by working with residents and our partner organisations. Hopefully this eviction will send a message that we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour from our residents and will take action when it is reported.”

Merlin tenants experiencing anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhood should report it by contacting their housing office on 0300 123 2222.

Source: Press release from Merlin Housing Society

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Housing society asks: How would you improve The Parade?

Posted on Thursday 3rd January 2013 at 10:01 am by SH (Editor)

Seating area and shops at The Parade, Coniston Road, Patchway, Bristol.

Residents and businesses in Patchway are being asked their views about how they would like to see the area around The Parade (Coniston Road) improved.

The area identified for works includes a parade of shops, maisonettes and offices, the square in front and surrounding blocks of flats.

Merlin Housing Society has money to spend on improvements to The Parade and surrounding area and wants to hear what local people and would like to see done. Residents and local businesses from the surrounding area have been invited to a drop-in event on Tuesday 8th January to have their say.

Merlin’s Patchway Area Manager Oonagh Lyons said:

“We want to make a real difference to the area and those who live and work in it are best placed to tell us what improvements are needed. We would therefore encourage all local residents and stakeholders to get involved and come along to our drop in session. We hope that this will be a real community effort, and to this end we are working with the police, the town council and the Southern Brooks Community Partnership.”

“There are some things that we will already be doing in the coming weeks, like extending the CCTV provision and improving the lighting as community safety is high on our agenda. But this event is a chance for people to tell us what they’d like there in the future. The community might want a play area for young children, or for a fruit and veg stall in The Parade. These are the sorts of things we want to hear from residents.”

“We’re confident that when this project is completed, The Parade will be a place where people enjoy living, and shops want to open but we need your help to make it happen.”

The event takes place at Coniston Community Centre on Tuesday 8th January between 1pm – 4pm. If you’re unable to attend you can post your suggestions to Merlin Housing Society, 3 – 7 The Parade, Patchway, Bristol, BS34 5LP.

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Primary pupils inspired by thought-provoking workshop

Posted on Tuesday 28th February 2012 at 6:31 pm by SH (Editor)

Creative learning workshop exploring the murky themes of Macbeth

Murder, magic and madness – the murky themes of Macbeth were explored by children from two Patchway primary schools at a creative learning workshop.

Year 6 pupils from Coniston Primary School and Callicroft Primary School were invited to the Merlin Housing Society-sponsored workshop last week. The youngsters took part in games and exercises designed to explore some of the play’s issues in a fun and engaging way.

One pupil said:

“It was wicked! The masks helped us imagine the characters, the games were great fun and the witches’ scenes were really exciting – Shakespeare isn’t boring!”

Head Teacher at Coniston Primary School, Nigel Isaac, said:

“During the session, the pupils asked important questions about themselves, their motivations, ambitions and their role within their community.”

“They then took this back to the classroom to see where these issues fit into their wider citizenship and social studies. I believe the things they’ve learnt will have a significant impact on the pupils going forward.”

More: Project was designed to enhance the Coniston community »

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