STUDENT HOUSE PARTIES CAUSE 'MAJOR DISRUPTION' TO LENTON RESIDENTS
 

Wall collapses at student house party in weekend of 'unacceptable major disruption'

Residents claim this behaviour is 'just what we have to put up with'

A wall collapsed at the end of a student house party in Lenton - which was one of many reported for causing 'major disruption' in the area this weekend.

The collapse happened last night (Sunday, October 16) in Harlaxton Drive, Lenton, at around 1.30am.

A residents' association said the wall was left broken because of a party on the street attended by "well over 100 students".

Nottinghamshire Police said officers spoke with tenants at a house party "about the level of noise".

The force confirmed officers are investigating a report of criminal damage and community protection officers are taking action because of "the disturbance through noise".

Nottingham City Council confirmed community protection officers were sent to "multiple" locations over the weekend after excessive noise complaints by residents - and said names of students had been passed on to the universities. 

A student living in the property where the wall was smashed, who did not want to be named, said: "People were lying on the wall and the wall broke."

He said the incident happened "at the end" of the night.

Chair of the Lenton Drives and Neighbours Residents' Association, Kate Loewenthal, said: "The police were called on numerous occasions by residents distressed by the continuous noise from all the revellers outside.

"The community protection officers visited the party but, having no police powers or back up, were ignored.

"This is now accepted by many residents of 'just what we have to put up with'."

She added: "The universities are fully aware of what is going on, but refuse to take the lead in giving out strong messages and giving sanctions that will have any impact."

A 67-year-old resident who lives opposite the property, who would only give her name as Ms Nagi, said: "At around 5.15am there were about 40 students just standing and making noise. There were so many taxis and cars.

"I watched from the window. This is a residential area and students should not be on this side of the road."

She added she was "surprised" to hear about the wall being knocked down.

Another resident, who asked not to be named, said: "It was uncontrolled rowdiness. I could hear it from inside here (their house)."

Curly Billings, 20, a geography student who lives down the road, said she did not realise what had happened to the wall, adding she thought the house was just having work done to it.

Gemma Lacatelli, 29, a chemistry student who also lives in the street, said the party was "not that mental" and "not loud".

Toby Neal, portfolio holder for community and customer services at the city council, said: "Community protection officers were called out to a large number of parties in the Lenton area over the weekend after complaints had been received from residents about excessive noise.

"For such major disruption to have been caused over the course of one weekend is unacceptable.

"The council works closely with the universities to get the message across to students that they have a responsibility to the communities in which they live to be good neighbours.

"Names have been taken of students involved and passed on to the universities so that the appropriate action can be taken.

"We will also be speaking to the landlords of the properties involved.

"Houses in multiple occupation in the Lenton area are subject to licensing.

"If any licensed landlord fails to address this anti-social behaviour adequately, then the license can be withdrawn."

A spokesperson for Nottingham Trent University said: “We understand that a number of our students were involved in a disturbance in Lenton over the weekend and are following this up as a matter of urgency.

“Any issues raised with us which are believed to involve NTU students are always taken seriously and will result in appropriate action being taken.

“All students are made aware of the importance of being good neighbours and we proactively encourage residents to report any issues to us.

“We work closely with the local police and community protection team and fund additional patrols in the local area.

“We regret any disruption caused by our students and are working with our Students’ Union to ensure that all our students are reminded of their responsibilities.”

A University of Nottingham spokesman said: "All of our students agree to a code of conduct for the duration of their time in Nottingham.

"We work closely with local police, community protection, residents' groups and the council to educate our students as to their responsibilities.

"The university does not condone any form of antisocial behaviour or behaviour that compromises the safety of others and take appropriate disciplinary action where necessary.”

A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman said: "We were made aware of antisocial behaviour in Harlaxton Drive, Lenton, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

"Police officers attended and spoke with the occupants of a house where a party was taking place about the level of noise.

"Officers left to deal with other incidents but returned and ensured people made their way home.

"Officers are investigating a report of criminal damage; further lines of enquiry are due to be carried out. Community Protection Officers are also taking follow up action because of the disturbance through noise."

Incidents of anti-social behavior, during office hours, can be reported to the city council by calling 0115 9152020.

While incidents out of hours can be reported to Nottinghamshire Police on 101.

Nottingham Trent Students' Union was contacted by the Post but declined to comment.

[Sarah Bryan & Jamie Barlow, Nottingham Post,  Monday 16 October/Tuesday 17 October 2017]