STUDENTS CELEBRATING END OF ACADEMIC YEAR MAKE LENTON 'UNLIVEABLE'
On Tuesday 23 June 2021 Nottingham Post Community Reporter Olimpia Zagnat wrote that, although noise had been a problem throughout the year, residents have said that the problem has become significantly worse as students celebrate the end of the academic year with Nottinghamshire Police being forced to step in.
Residents' fury at Nottingham students over 'ridiculous' party scenes as police forced to step in
Those who continue to cause disruption will be arrested
Residents have voiced their frustration and said Lenton became 'unliveable' after countless parties that have caused disruption in the area.
Although the noise has been a problem in the last year, the community said that the last days were 'significantly worse' with students celebrating the end of the academic year.
Nottinghamshire Police received several reports of loud gatherings on Monday night (June 21), leading to the area's neighbourhood inspector calling for people to respect their neighbours.
The dispersal order is in place across Lenton from 6pm on Tuesday (June 22) and will last for 48 hours.
This will give officers and PCSOs the power to direct people to leave the area if they are being disruptive, and those who continue to cause issues will be arrested.
Development worker Jessica White, of Harrington Drive, 31, said: "Arresting them would probably be a bit excessive.
"The noise is very annoying, and we definitely had police coming round a few times after reports of noise.
"At the end of the day, we can't blame them considering the awful year they had."
Another resident however said that the scale of the problem made him want to leave the area because he 'can't take it anymore'.
A 28-year-old local who wished to remain anonymous because he feared he might not be able to sell his house following publication, said: "I am moving out because of the noise.
"It is not the main reason, but it is definitely a contributory factor.
"They go and party until 8am every single day - it is unliveable.
"I was thinking to let the house but I do not want to do that to myself because they will probably be students who will cause more problems."
He added: "They ruined this area completely because there are nice people living here who suffer because of them."
The chairwoman of the Lenton Drive and Neighbours Residents' Association Kate Loewenthal hopes the dispersal order will make offenders 'think twice' before they cause public disruption.
She said: "It might be the case where people want to avoid getting arrested so they will think twice before making noise.
"I do not know if there is anything that could stop them at this point.
"I hear them playing music in their garden even if they live at the bottom of the road."
Ms Loewenthal added that the groups who cause 'nuisance' amid residents are a danger to the community and themselves.
She said: "I came with my son from A&E the other night and I have slammed my brakes twice because of the students who were dancing or pushing each other in the middle of the road at 2am.
"As a mum, I am concerned about them and the amount of alcohol they must have had to do such careless things."
Another resident said she had toilet paper thrown in her garden during Monday night's carnage.
Drug and alcohol worker Bal Kaur, 54, added: "I could not sleep last night because of the noise so I am not sure if the system really works.
"Also I understand the concerns that disturb the elderly and families, but I think that going as far as arresting them is a bit excessive.
"It is hard to police it and I am not sure they will be able to."
The students who also live in the area however said that the dispersal order that was put in place is an 'excessive' measure.
Biology student at the University of Nottingham George Richardson, of Seely road, 21, said: "It is a bit excessive to be fair, especially given the circumstances.
"It is the end of a difficult year, people want to party.
"We did not have complaints from residents, we would turn the music down if we had.
"I think it is a bit of an overkill to arrest students if they are having a party."
Final year student Colette Rogers, 22, added: "I think it is excessive - a warning should be enough.
"Police showed up once after they went to another one on this road following complaints.
"There are eight people living in this house maybe sometimes it will be a bit noisy, but it is nothing major."
Inspector Amy English, who polices the area, has moved to reinforce the 'zero tolerance' approach that police will take if people continue to cause disruption.
She said: “It is totally unacceptable that residents should be kept awake into the small hours of the morning on a weekday night because people are partying.
“While we understand that relaxed restrictions mean that people can mix with others indoors and more outdoors, that does not give people a free pass to act in whatever way they please.
“A lot of people have work and young families that are being kept up due to the noise and it is totally disrespectful to ignore this and act inappropriately.
“That is why we have taken the decision to put this order in place. I want residents to know that we understand their concerns and will take action to address them where we can.
“There will be an increased police presence in Lenton tonight and we will proactively be looking to tackle any antisocial behaviour where we see it.”
Inspector English is also keen to remind the public that Covid-19 still remains a threat and can be easily spread.
She added: “Cases of Covid-19 continue to rise and when people are drinking and socialising, there is always a chance for the disease to spread further.
“Remember, you may have Covid-19 and be asymptomatic, so please be mindful when spending time with others that you may be unknowingly putting them at risk.
“Also, vaccines are not immediately effective and just because you have had your first jab, that does not mean you are fully protected against the virus and the variants.
“Please remain cautious and follow the government guidelines around hands, face and space.”