Welcome to the neighbourhood – tackling student-related issues

Press Release: 09/09/2013

Student reading a book

Winchester City Council neighbourhood services officers along with local councillors and representatives from the University of Winchester Student Union will be visiting student properties across Winchester city estate areas - Stanmore, Winnall and Weeke - between 16 and 27 September.

The aim of the project, which was first piloted in 2011, is to address any issues that students experience when moving into their properties and to reduce the number of student-related issues the Council and University receive. The project also demonstrates that all agencies are working together to address these issues and to reduce their impact on the local community.

During the visits, members of the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) will distribute the Welcome to the Neighbourhood booklet which has been produced by Winchester City Council Neighbourhood Services Team in conjunction with the University of Winchester and Southampton and their student unions. The booklet provides useful information for students living away from halls of residence for the first time including details of their bin collection day, hints and tips for getting on with neighbours and helpful advice about council tax and parking.
At the end of September the Neighbourhood Services Team will run a multi-agency high-visibility out-of-hours evening patrol to coincide with the first Student Union events when noise complaints are most common. This will include knocking on the doors of houses where there have been complaints or there is apparent noise coming from them and providing students with relevant advice and appropriate warnings if required.

Cllr Jan Warwick, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Environment for Winchester City Council, said:

The Neighbourhood Services team, along with other members of the Community Safety Partnership, are keen to make sure that those students living away from university accommodation for the first time quickly feel part of the community that they live in. At the same time we want them to know that we will be taking a robust approach to any anti-social behaviour reported especially if that behaviour impacts on neighbours.

Please contact the Neighbourhood Services Team by telephone on 01962 840 222 or email: neighbourhoodservices@winchester.gov.uk for more information about this project.