During the event the clean-up team cut back overgrown shrubs, painted railings, replaced benches and bins, litter picked, and swept up. After they finished, Merlin held a small party so the community could see what had been achieved. It also got young people involved in creating a ‘love where you live’ mural for the community.
Merlin’s Neighbourhood Manager for Patchway, Oonagh Lyons said: “We wanted to use the event as an opportunity to invest in the local community and give something back. We own a lot of homes in the area and we promised residents we’d make improvements a while back, especially to the Parade as it was looking tired.
“The help from local partners was invaluable; it meant we could achieve so much on the day. We’re pleased with the outcome and have had some good feedback from residents. We hope what we’ve done will encourage them to be proud of where they live and take pride in Patchway and the Parade.”
Patchway Town Council’s Clerk, Lucy Hammond said: “Six of our ground staff took part. They cut back overgrown shrubs outside the shops to open up the central seating area. This now looks a welcoming and attractive place for residents to sit. We are pleased to contribute to the environmental improvement in the heart of Patchway.”
Patchway is one of six Priority Neighbourhoods identified by South Gloucestershire Council as requiring additional support in order to improve the quality of life for local residents. Merlin owns the Parade, the area immediately around it, and a large number of properties in the area. As the biggest social landlord in South Gloucestershire, Merlin is committed to investing in the communities in which it works.
Last year it asked local people what their priorities were for improving the area. Their responses were for improved CCTV, lighting, bin storage and road resurfacing. The Big Clean Up marks the completion of these activities.