Hop­ing the party’s over

Out­cry over stu­dents’ late-night noise, drunk­e­ness and mess

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

BRUNEL Univer­sity stu­dents have caused up­set in Uxbridge with their par­ty­ing and be­hav­iour off cam­pus.

Chiltern View Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion say they are “sick and tired” of noise and drunk­en­ness and the fi­nal straw was a 100-strong party that took two po­lice squad cars to dis­perse rev­ellers, who left bal­loons and laugh­ing gas can­is­ters lit­tered on the street.

Jo Walker, chair­man of the res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion said the blame lays with ir­re­spon­si­ble land­lords, es­pe­cially in Chiltern View Road.

She said: “There’s a lot of noise and mess, you’ve got peo­ple let­ting small semi-de­tached houses into multi-oc­cu­pancy dwellings.

“Not a fam­ily who’s stay­ing there and car­ing for the prop­erty, it’s a con­stant merry-go-round of young, ir­re­spon­si­ble peo­ple.

“It’s mak­ing the street like a slum be­cause we’ve got four prop­er­ties with stu­dents in them them. Peo­ple can’t keep be­ing kept up at night when they’ve got to go to work and have can­is­ters on the pave­ment when peo­ple are tak­ing their chil­dren to school.”

The prop­erty in which the con­tro­ver­sial party took place was mar­keted b by Gibbs Gille­spie es­tate agents, al­though they con­firmed the ac­tual man­ag­ing of the prop­erty is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the land­lord.

Sarah Clev­er­ley, Gibbs Gille­spie’s Uxbridge Let­tings Man­ager, said: “Al­though we do not cur­rently man­age this prop­erty we take our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to our land­lords, ten­ants and res­i­dents very se­ri­ously.

“We apol­o­gise for any dis­tress and in­con­ve­nience caused to lo­cal peo­ple by this in­ci­dent.

“We are work­ing with the land­lord, Brunel Univer­sity and the stu­dents who rent the prop­erty to find out ex­actly what hap­pened and to en­sure it does not hap­pen again.”

Ms Walker added: “You can’t stop peo­ple buy­ing houses and con­vert­ing them but I think land­lords should be aware of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and their con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions then it’s down to him to keep the place prop­erly main­tained.”

Brunel’s Com­mu­nity Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer has since vis­ited Ms Walker and says the stu­dents were given a for­mal warn­ing, while the coun­cil re­moved fur­ni­ture that had been lin­ger­ing out­side for a month.

Prob­lems with stu­dents go­ing to and from clubs in Uxbridge town cen­tre are still an on­go­ing is­sue, es­pe­cially for an up­set el­derly woman on White­hall Road.

She told the Gazette: “We’re just sick of it, we want it back as it was, peace and quiet. They go to a place called Liq­uid in Uxbridge, which is half price drinks or so I’ve been told by the stu­dent union.”

Drunk stu­dents com­ing back from nights out use White­hall Road as a short­cut from the night­club back to the cam­pus, and their rowdy be­hav­iour along the way is said to in­clude jump­ing on cars and uri­nat­ing out­side houses.

The woman added: “We try to keep it nice down here. We have clean win­dows, white front doors, and it’s just an ab­so­lute night­mare to us.”

A Brunel spokesman said: “The univer­sity takes its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as a good neigh­bour very se­ri­ously and in­ves­ti­gates all in­ci­dents re­ported to it via com­mu­nity-li­ai­son@ brunel.ac.uk or on 01895 267686.”

CON­CERN:

n The area by the stu­dent house on Chiltern View Road was lit­tered with rub­bish in­clud­ing laugh­ing g gas can­is­ters and bal­loons

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