Woodstock councillor Pat Rooney today stood down from the Board of Merlin Housing Society at the end of an eight-year term. Councillor Rooney, who is also the Leader of Labour’s councillors on South Gloucestershire Council, has served since the inception of the Board in 2007.
Merlin Housing Society was created to receive South Gloucestershire’s former council homes, following a stock transfer in 2007. As part of the transfer deal, a number of local councillors were appointed to serve on the Board. This helped to maintain the relationship between the council and the new landlord.
Earlier this year Merlin amended its governance arrangements with the creation of a Customer Assembly, which will advise and support a more business-focussed Board. Councillors will now have reserved places on the Assembly rather than the Board.
Councillor Martin Farmer, who represents the Kings Chase Ward of Kingswood, has joined the Assembly as Labour’s nominee.
Councillor Pat Rooney says:
“I am pleased to have played a role in supporting Merlin in its formative years and representing the views of constituents to the Board. It is time to move on and I wish Merlin every success for the future.
I welcome the appointment of Martin Farmer to the Customer Assembly. Kings Chase is the ward with the largest single number of properties that transferred to Merlin ownership, so it is appropriate that Martin continues Labour’s work of critical friend to the Society.”