Student 'House Party' Week-End in Lenton!

Liam Barnes (BBC News On-Line, Monday 16 October 2017) reports:


Residents were left ‘distressed’ by ‘continuous’ noise coming from student parties in Lenton over the weekend, a community group has said.

Kate Loewenthal, chairman of Lenton Drives and Neighbours Residents Association, said “well over 100 students” were present at one party, which she said went on until 05.00.

A wall between two properties is believed to have collapsed during one event, and there were also reports of fighting at some of the gatherings.

Ms. Loewenthal said community protection officers were “ignored” by the students, and criticised the local universities for not “giving out strong messages and giving sanction that will have any impact.”

Nottingham City Council has said the disruption was “unacceptable” and that the names of students involved had been taken and passed on to their respective universities.

Nottingham Trent University added that it was following up the disturbances “as a matter or urgency” and that it regretted any disruption caused by its students.

Would You Behave Like This in Your Home Neighbourhood & If Not, Why Behave Like This in Our Neighbourhoods? 

This is not the first report of anti-social behaviour by students in Lenton and other 'studentified' neighbourhoods in Nottingham to have been received by the NAG this autumn. Indeed, reports of this kind were one of the factors that brought residents together in the first place to form the NAG.

It is a sad reflection on the universities involved, as well as on the students, that not only are residents lives continuing to be plagued by this irresponsible, childish behaviour, but that it appears to be getting worse rather than better.

Of course, the argument is always made that it is the minority of students who cause these problems. It probably is, but it is an unacceptably large minority which is causing genuine and continuing distress to those residents and their families who live in these neighbourhoods and whose contributions are vital to the social, economic and cultural health and viabiity of not just the city of Nottingham, but, since these problems are common to all other university towns and cities, ultimately the country as a whole.

It beggars belief that, after all this time, and with so much time and effort and energy expended on the issues, that  universities remain apparently incapable (or is it unwilling) of dealing quickly and efficiently with these problems to ensure that the message that goes out to these students whose behaviour is bringing the universities into disrepute is clear and unequivocal.

Behave like this and you are not wanted by this university, by this city, and certainly not by the residents living in the neighbourhoods you are treating with such contempt!