Stu­dent hous­ing needs to be sorted

Bath Chronicle - - OPINION -

Stu­dents and res­i­dents alike are un­der­stand­ably ag­grieved by the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in univer­sity bus ser­vices due to driver re­cruit­ment prob­lems, lack of buses and timetable and route changes, but the un­der­ly­ing prob­lem is surely B&NES’ long-stand­ing un­will­ing­ness to draw up a stu­dent hous­ing pol­icy, as called for by FOBRA for years, while con­don­ing un­con­trolled univer­sity ex­pan­sion? With 26,000 univer­sity stu­dents and 3,000 HMOS, Bath al­ready hosts one of the high­est con­cen­tra­tions of stu­dents in the coun­try. Univer­sity of Bath stu­dent num­bers con­tinue to in­crease ev­ery year but cur­rently fewer than one-fifth are housed on cam­pus. Against this back­ground, it is lit­tle won­der that ev­ery new aca­demic year puts an in­creased de­mand on the pub­lic trans­port on which res­i­dents and the vast ma­jor­ity of stu­dents rely. Robin Kerr FOBRA email sig­na­ture tem­plate Chair­man, Fed­er­a­tion of Bath Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tions Lans­down Place East Bath

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