Stanmore residents to discuss student housing

Stanmore Combined and the three Residents' Associations covering the Stanmore area have organised a joint meeting to discuss the issue of student accommodation.


The meetings will discuss the impact of the student population on Stanmore and the issues that arise from having a large number of ‘Houses of Multiple Occupation’ (HMOs) in the area.


The meeting will be held at Winchester Family Church, Stanmore Lane on 19th November 2009. Doors will open at 6:30pm, with the meeting scheduled to start at 7pm.


Mike Gardner, Stanmore Combined chairman, said: “The University is a great asset to the city of Winchester but the effects on this local community, by way of housing, parking and other issues, need to be discussed. This meeting gives us all a chance to start on this task.”


The event will include presentations by Tommy Geddes, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Winchester; Rebecca Goulding, Winchester City Council’s Acceptable Behaviour Coordinator; and PC Emma Port from the Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Representatives from other organisations such as the Police and the Student’s Union have also been invited to attend, along with local landlords and students.

After the initial presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss some of the issues that emerged from the recent Community Plan consultation, such as the increase in student lets, parking issues, anti-social behaviour, noise nuisance, unkempt gardens, and litter.