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Forty-two students have been warned about their bad behaviour in Lenton and the Arboretum - with six students fined after failing to clean up their act.
Nottingham City Council officers hand-delivered more than 4,000 letters to student homes encouraging them to think twice about late-night house parties.
The letters were sent to addresses in Lenton and the Arboretum at the start of the new academic term in September.
The letter warned them about noise, anti-social behaviour, and late night house parties as a number last year caused significant disruption for residents living nearby.
If students do not follow the advice, the council said they may face civil injunctions, closure orders and breaches of tenancy, which would mean they are kicked out of their houses.
The early stages are a warning notice, a community protection notice, which means requirements may be put on a household, and a fine.
Since the initial letters went out last month, a total of 42 student properties have been issued Community Protection Warning Notices – mostly in the Arboretum and Lenton areas.
A spokesman for Nottingham City Council said: "This is effectively first-stage enforcement and in the vast majority of cases, no further action is required.
"Out of the 42, one property failed to heed the warning twice and its occupants have been issued with fines.
"It’s hugely unusual for a student household to move through all three stages so soon in the term. The result was six students got a £70 fine each."
According to the figures, the 42 notices are in line with what was reported last year.
Residents and students in Harlaxton Drive reacted to the news, including one student who recieved a warning notice.
University of Nottingham business student Charlie Ownel, 20, said: "We had some house parties, nothing unusual.
"I can see why people have complained about them, but returners are not as bad as freshers anyway. We have all received notices, even if we haven’t been particularly loud."
History student for the University of Nottingham, Paris Brown, 20, said: "We are returners, we are no longer freshers, so we didn’t party much this year."
Lecturer Irena Kolar, who lives on the street, said: "I personally think that students forget this is a residential area and they are just temporary residents.
"The university should have more halls of residence, so the students would have their own place where they can party and be as loud as they want to.
"Drink does play a big part in their anti-social behaviour.
Scientist Chris Finnis, 55, said: "There is a certain level of tolerance on my behalf. There was a student who was banging on our door at 4am.
"We have two children to raise and that student was intoxicated. More than lack of respect, that could have been a dangerous situation.
"However, they are the minority. Most of them are great.
"This area Is really nice and I like to share it with students.
"I love when they come back. Not all students cause anti-social behaviour. Both the university and the community have to work together to solve the issue."
IT manager Martin Cutts, 46, added: "It’s not just Fresher’s week, it’s every single day. Last night we reported them again.
"Every weekend from 6pm to 10pm there are masses and masses of taxis.
"It is just lack of respect, really. They leave glasses and rubbish in the street. They forget about the families and children who live here."
[Olimpia Zagnat & Matt Jarram, Senior Digital Reporter & Crime Correspondent, Nottingham Post, Monday 7 October 2019]
Is it Ignorance, Arrogance Or Just the Luck of the Draw ...?
Mr Charlie Ownel and Ms Paris Brown, presumably both returners, both appear to lay the blame for the problems residents have experienced since the beginning of the new academic year on freshers. Assuming the majority of freshers either live in halls of residence on Nottingham University's campuses or in other privately built halls of residence, it's difficult to accept this premise. In fact, the only possible explanation for their comments is either ignorance, arrogance or simply that they happen to have been the ones to be interviewed by the Post's reporters.
Also interesting is that Mr Ownel says 'We had some house parties, nothing unusual ... . We have all received notices, even if we haven't been particularly loud.'
No doubt a case of nasty local residents being inconsiderate, with poor Mr Ownel et al. on the receiving end of undeserved admonishment.
If that's the case, then it does seem that there are 'nasty' residents living in a goodly number of our so-called student areas. Only the other day, the NAG had an e-mail from one of them saying ... 'Already been a nightmare and students have only been back one week ... been woken up at least three times in the early hours by drunken behaviour, loud party and party goers kicking over bins!'
As for halls of residence, it is indeed more than high time Nottingham University adopted not only the principle but also the actuality of providing accommodation for its students on its own land (of which it has a good deal) rather than ducking its responsibilities by passing them over to private rented sector landlords and private developers and investors.