Residents enduring ‘sleepless nights’ over noisy students even before Freshers’ Week

After sleep-deprived residents shared their anguish on social media, Canterbury City Council have issued a statement on their plans to tackle noise disturbances by partying students. 

The first weekend of freshers’ week has just passed and residents have already expressed their complaints online about the anti-social behaviour of students.

Sleep-deprived locals are said to have been woken up by students shouting, pushing bins over and throwing bottles and cans into gardens.

Canterbury man, Gary Eastland said: “We have drunk students being sick in the street, and regularly have to clear drink cans or bottles from our garden.

“It’s one thing to be woken during the night due to noise, but when it’s every hour or so, it becomes quite draining.”

Residents living close to City Centre are enduring sleepless nights even before the start of freshers’ week.

Caroline Hardinges, who has lived in Canterbury for over 30 years, is also ‘fed up’ of being kept awake by rowdy undergraduates.

She lives on a street where nine out of the 12 properties are student-let houses.

Caroline said: “Students needs to be aware that they live in a city which isn’t just student populated.

“There are families, working professionals and elderly around them who don’t wish to be kept up all night.

“We all love a party and students should enjoy themselves. But just be a bit more aware of your surroundings.”

Since the Facebook post sparked a debate between residents, Canterbury City Council have issued a comment on their plans to reduce noise nuisances made by students.

The council states that universities bring an overall economic value of £909m to the city – and have proven to be ‘crucial to the future growth and prosperity’ of Canterbury’s economy.

Canterbury City Council said: “Everyone must play their part in preventing or reducing any negative impact on people’s daily lives, and we work closely with the universities, student unions, landlords and residents’ groups to try and achieve this.

“Ultimately, though, responsibility for their behaviour must lie with the students themselves. Yes they’re away from home and enjoying their freedom for possibly the first time, and nobody is saying they shouldn’t have a good time, but these are people who are old enough to drive, vote and start a family, and we would urge them to think about and respect their neighbours and the wider community.

You can see the full statement by Canterbury City Council, here.

While others complain about loud students in Canterbury, others residents have defended the party-goers.

Cathy Kostic believes that the undergraduates should be allowed to party.

She said: “It’s been freshers weekend with students leaving home for the first time. They are excited for this new adventure – of course they should be able to party.

“They make the city alive again after such a long summer. I wish them all lots of good luck and tell them to enjoy Canterbury. The students make Canterbury what it is.”

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Claisse Opulencia

Editor-in-Chief of Unified. Claisse is a third year multimedia journalism student at CCCU. Amnesty Media Award Finalist 2018, IRN Awards Runner-up 2018 and nominated for two SPA Awards 2018.

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