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Our housing association banned us from sitting outside after a neighbor made an offensive move

A GROUP of residents told how they were banned by a housing association from sitting outside their homes.

Residents of Chatham Court, on Station Road, said they were ordered to stop congregating at the familiar location after one of the neighbors complained.

Residents Martin Phillips, Susan Phillips, Jane Whitehead, Marian Joyce and Janet Maggs, pictured outside Chatham Court

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Residents Martin Phillips, Susan Phillips, Jane Whitehead, Marian Joyce and Janet Maggs, pictured outside Chatham CourtCredit: BPM
They claimed they were forbidden to hang outside their homes

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They claimed they were forbidden to hang outside their homesCredit: BPM

However, Nottingham City Homes, which owns the apartments, said they were still allowed to meet on the nearby lawn area and could use the furniture as long as it wasn’t left outside.

Martin Phillips, who with his wife Susan regularly meets outside with eight other women, said he feels as though they are being “punished”.

The 65-year-old told Nottinghamshire Live: “Usually between six and 10 of us see each other daily, some are residents and some are people who have left their children at school.

The meetings started before Covid, but the group said the outdoor meeting was especially important while restrictions were in place.

They add that the cover near their home also comes in handy during the winter months.

“One of our neighbors insulted it. It’s not anti-social behavior – just the opposite,” Mr. Phillips continued.

“I tried to negotiate, but we weren’t allowed to sit outside our windows. They said if we continued, they would take action against us.”

The residents denied that they blocked the sidewalks for wheelchair and strollers, insisting they left enough space.

“The neighbor said she didn’t feel comfortable walking through the group, but we pulled away. We’re being punished for one person’s attitude.”

He added that the group is very close to each other, having previously held parties and even went on vacations together.

Mr Phillips continued: “The kids used to pass by and wave at us.

“We don’t come looking for trouble, we just want to enjoy ourselves.”

Marian Joyce, 82, says the rule is “outside of trust”.

“It was lovely until this happened, but we don’t have a say in it yet.”

A spokesperson for Nottingham City Homes said: “We understand how important it is to have a cohesive community and residents have told us the meeting is important to them.

“However, we have asked residents to gather only in the grassy areas outside their homes. They previously blocked the walkways for wheelchairs and strollers.

“We have also advised them to bring their belongings home so that others can use the common space.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17601865/residents-banned-sitting-outside-homes/ Our housing association banned us from sitting outside after a neighbor made an offensive move

Bobby Allyn

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