YET AGAIN STUDENT HOUSE PARTIES INFLICT NOISE ON ARBORETUM NEIGHBOURHOODS
NOTTINGHAM STUDENTS FINED AND GIVEN 20 NOISE NOTICES IN JUST ONE NIGHT
"Residents area always anticipating the weekends, hoping there won't be a party"
Nottingham community protection officers issued 20 notices for noisy student parties during one night and nearby residents feel not enough is being done.
On Saturday night (February 23), CPO's issued 13 community protection charges and seven fixed penalty notices, due to loud disturbances from students in the Arboretum.
But for residents in this area, the figures are no longer surprising, as one woman describes dealing with the problem for more than a decade.
Retired Carol Laverick who has lived in the area for 40 years, says some residents, including herself, have considered moving house due to the noise.
"Residents area always anticipating the weekends, hoping there won't be a party - Wednesday's are also bad." she said.
The 69-year-old has been a member of the Arboretum Residents and Tenants' association since 1976, and describes how much she loves the community and is always welcoming new students.
She said: "I try to make an effort with students. I welcome them at the start of term and I want them to feel part of the community. But they need to understand that this is our permanent living.
"They have no stake in our community, even though they live here."
When a party night strikes, the only thing residents can do without heading round, is calling in to report it to the police. But responses often don't come until the following day.
Ms Laverick added: "We have a close-knit community, sending text messages of support, even meeting up on one occasion to have a cup of tea outside, while we waited for police at 3am.
"We have a fantastic relationship with the CPOs, but they simply haven't got the resources to be out every night."
Carol also highlighted that residents have raised concerns about the number of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), as well as the lack of control from landlords who are often unaware of the problems.
The residents are looking to work with other groups, such as Nottingham Trent University, the CPO's and HMO licensing to find a way forward.
"I love this community and I want to live here, as a diverse neighbourhood, alongside students," Carol added.
Other residents in the Arboretum spoke of their similar experiences.
Melvyn Mewton, 65, is a pensioner, said the walls of his house shake from the bass coming from student parties.
“They go on from 9pm all the way to 3am which is not good since I used to get up that early to truck-drive across the country," he said.
“There is also drunken and rowdy behaviour within the early hours of the morning when they come back from the clubs and bars.
“They are disrespectful to people that live here permanent and they don’t realise that they are the future generation and they have a responsibility to be mature and responsible."
One student said there needs to be a stronger police presence to tackle the problem.
Charlotte Levins, 20, said: "We live right next to students and we are students ourselves, but it is unfortunate that people are having these problems.
"It’s selfish of people hosting these loud parties when they know people are living next door to them, so maybe more police presence would help."
A spokeswoman for Nottingham Action Group on Houses in Multiple Occupation (NAG on HMOs) said that the problems being faced in the Arboretum are city-wide.
"You cannot expect people to live in fear or lose sleep constantly.
"It is soul-destroying, neighbourhood destroying and completely unnecessary - students are behaving in a way they never would at home.
"The police are swamped, the council is stretched so we firmly believe that the universities have a responsibility in working together to come up with solutions to tackle the problem."
A joint statement from both Nottingham universities read: “All of our students agree to a code of conduct for the duration of their time in Nottingham, and we cannot state strongly enough that any breach of this code will be investigated and taken very seriously.
“We continue to work alongside police, partners and residents on a number of initiatives – such as providing funding for additional community protection patrols in key areas – and campaigns to educate students on the impact their behaviour has on local residents and what their responsibilities are within the local community.”
Councillor Toby Neal, Portfolio Holder for Community Protection at Nottingham City Council, said: “It’s a real shame this action was necessary at the weekend because we’ve been clear that we welcome students to Nottingham and want them to enjoy their time in our city – but we won’t put up with them having a detrimental effect on their neighbours’ lives.
“We have a duty to all residents, and late-night parties with large groups making a lot of noise is wholly unacceptable and not the way to be a good neighbour. We have warned students that we will always take action against such anti-social behaviour.
“We reiterate our request that students remember their neighbourhoods will include the elderly and vulnerable, workers resting ahead of early-morning starts, and families with young children. It’s worth being mindful that today’s students will be tomorrow’s workers and parents – please be respectful of that.”
[Phoebe Ram, Nottingham Post, Monday 25 February 2019]
STUDENTS REPORTED FOR ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR FOLLOWING NOISE HOUSE PARTIES IN THE ARBORETUM
Seven students breached existing Community Protection Notices and were handed fixed penalty notices by a CPO
A number of students have been handed fixed penalty notices following noisy house parties in the Arboretum area on Saturday night.
Canning Circus Police, which operates in Dunkirk, Radford, Wollaton, and Lenton Abbey, received calls to its control room with people reporting house parties taking place at a number of student properties.
The properties were visited by a community protection officer (CPO) and further action was taken as seven students had previously been handed a Community Protection Notice.
These were breached on Saturday, February 23 and the seven students received fixed penalty notices from the CPO.
A further 13 Community Protection Notice warnings will be issued to other properties in the Arboretum area where anti-social behaviour was reported, police say.
[Joseph Locker, Nottingham Post, Sunday 24 February 2019]
Postscript: it is a sad fact that, as reported in the Nottingham Post and elsewhere on this website, the disadvantages of studentification are being highlighted in Beeston where Broxtowe Borough Council is yet to introduce the actions that Nottingham City Council has at its disposal to deal with them.