STU­DENTS CAUS­ING NOISE NIGHT­MARE

Res­i­dents hit out over ‘un­bear­able’ nui­sance

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - AAMIR MO­HAMMED Re­porter aamir.mo­hammed@waleson­line.co.uk

R ESIDENTS liv­ing in Cardiff say they are grow­ing tired and frus­trated with the noise nui­sance cre­ated by stu­dents.

They say the noise is “un­bear­able” at times and have to go on hol­i­day dur­ing Fresh­ers’ fort­night, as this is the worst time.

One res­i­dent has lived in the Cathays area near the city cen­tre for more than 15 years now takes to so­cial me­dia to vent her frus­tra­tions, and is in con­tact with the po­lice.

An­gela Crock­ett, 40, of Fanny Street, is reg­u­larly wo­ken through­out the mid­dle of the night and says the noise peaks dur­ing Fresh­ers’ fort­night and then calms down, only for it to reignite af­ter Christ­mas.

She said: “The noise is louder on cer­tain days like Wed­nes­day and the week­end ob­vi­ously. There al­ways seem to be so­cials on a Wed­nes­day and this day the noise is crazy – you have stu­dents jump­ing on cars, scream­ing the street down in the mid­dle of the night; it isn’t pleas­ant.

“Ev­ery year dur­ing Fresh­ers, I book a two-week hol­i­day and leave the coun­try be­cause these two weeks are just the worst. There will be house par­ties, peo­ple leav­ing for town, ar­gu­ing in the street, it’s just mad.”

An­gela lives alone but says she has nieces that stay over reg­u­larly who aren’t used to the noise. One night, her niece woke up to stu­dents jump­ing on cars out­side.

“When peo­ple stay over who aren’t from the area and don’t know what to ex­pect, they’re quite shocked. My niece was fright­ened as she slept down­stairs and heard peo­ple jump­ing on cars out­side, so she was ob­vi­ously scared.

“If I lived in Lis­vane [north Cardiff ] and I com­plained, there would prob­a­bly be three riot vans out. But I live in Cathays, so ob­vi­ously there is zero re­course. I have tried to call 101 but get told to get a spe­cific door num­ber.

“I can’t ex­actly get out of bed at 4am and ask them to be quiet, I shouldn’t have to. A very drunk stu- dent can be rude and ag­gres­sive.”

PC Mike Neate, com­mu­nity safety stu­dent li­ai­son of­fi­cer for South Wales Po­lice, says the po­lice are work­ing with stu­dents on ed­u­cat­ing them on be­ing “re­spon­si­ble” neigh­bours.

He said: “We work closely with the Uni­ver­si­ties and Shared Reg­u­la­tory Ser­vices through­out the aca­demic year to ed­u­cate stu­dents about be­ing re­spon­si­ble neigh­bours.

“Noise pol­lu­tion and lit­ter are not polic­ing mat­ters, but when there is a call about a polic­ing in­ci­dent, for ex­am­ple a crime or anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, then of­fi­cers at­tend.

“We would urge res­i­dents to please re­port polic­ing mat­ters by call­ing 101 or 999 in an emer­gency.”

Res­i­dents say over­flow­ing bins, lit­ter and used con­doms on the street are too com­mon for their lik­ing.

One man, who lives on Flora Street, Cathays, but didn’t want to be named, de­scribed how a typ­i­cal week works.

He said: “Mon­days are usu­ally quiet with the odd few peo­ple walk­ing to town, Tues­day is the same but Wed­nes­day is prob­a­bly the worst. Thurs­day is quiet and then the week­end is ob­vi­ously painful.

“I used to be a stu­dent my­self and I can see why peo­ple want to have fun, but there’s just an un­nec­es­sary amount of noise. The prob­lem is that Cathays is mainly full of stu­dents and there aren’t many res­i­dents left, so every­one just gets on with it.

“In Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber all the stu­dents are fresh and have just got their stu­dent loan. You see in Novem­ber it calms down and then af­ter Jan­uary it re­peats. I find it funny at times, but it’s also very frus­trat­ing.

He says the weird­est thing he has seen is a group of girls walk­ing with a ke­bab af­ter a night out, and fall­ing over, be­fore pick­ing it up and eat­ing it.

Mean­while, An­gela says a group of stu­dents once helped each other climb up to touch the Fanny Street sign, leav­ing her con­fused.

A Cardiff Univer­sity spokesper­son said: “We are one of three ma­jor uni­ver­si­ties in the city cen­tre and we take our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and other res­i­dents ex­tremely se­ri­ously. We work hard to en­sure that all of our stu­dents act re­spon­si­bly and as am­bas­sadors for our univer­sity.

“Through­out the year, we work closely with the Stu­dents’ Union to make stu­dents aware of the con­se­quences of their be­hav­iour. We would en­cour­age any res­i­dent with con­cerns about the be­hav­iour of our stu­dents to con­tact us.”

A spokesper­son for Cardiff Metro- poli­tan Univer­sity, said: “Cardiff Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity takes in­ci­dents of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour very se­ri­ously. Any com­plaints made to the univer­sity in re­la­tion to the an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour of stu­dents are in­ves­ti­gated to es­tab­lish the ex­act cir­cum­stances, as well as the iden­tity of stu­dents in­volved to de­ter­mine if they are from Cardiff Met.

“Our code of stu­dent con­duct sets out the be­hav­iour ex­pected of stu­dents and dis­ci­plinary pro­ce­dures are put in place when these stan­dards are not met.”

Cardiff coun­cil say they re­cently car­ried out a joint op­er­a­tion with the po­lice as they be­came aware of noise nui­sance in the area.

A spokesper­son said: “The Shared Reg­u­la­tory Ser­vice car­ried out a joint op­er­a­tion with the South Wales Po­lice on Wed­nes­day evening, as in­tel­li­gence came to light that stu­dent par­ties were caus­ing a noise nui­sance in the area.

“Dur­ing the course of the evening, of­fi­cers vis­ited a num­ber of res­i­dents that were af­fected by the noise, as well as those that were caus­ing the noise.

“A num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als that were caus­ing the noise were spo­ken to and warn­ing let­ters will now be sent to these prop­er­ties to ad­vise them of their obli­ga­tions as both a ten­ant and a res­i­dent.

“If any­one is dis­turbed by loud noise from a neigh­bour, they are asked to call 0300 1236696 so the au­thor­i­ties can in­ves­ti­gate and take nec­es­sary ac­tion.”

ROB BROWNE

Large num­bers of stu­dents are cre­at­ing noise prob­lems for res­i­dents in Cardiff

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