June 16, 2020

COMMENT: Belatedly, I'm posting the comments I submitted to Bristol City Council as part of its consultation on proposals to control the spread of HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation).

The consultation closed in mid-March, just as we were all becoming transfixed with Cov...

February 1, 2020

COMMENT: I have written to the University of Bristol urging a rethink of its decision to disband the Community Liaison Group, which I reported in an article on Jan 6.

In a letter emailed to Vice Chancellor Prof. Hugh Brady on Jan 28, I stated:

“This decision and the...

November 6, 2019

COMMENT: Student noise has become more of a problem in recent years as the University of Bristol has increased its intake. More students, more noise. With the university planning further big expansions, what are the chances things might get worse?

This question breaks d...

May 25, 2019

The police often say they don’t have powers to deal with noise from private property. This is misleading at best. While it's true they don't have the anti-noise powers created under the Environmental Protection Act 1990—those were given to local authorities—both the pol...

January 22, 2019

From a Chandos-area resident, 21 Jan 2019:

"I think I'm correct in saying that HMO and all student households are exempt from paying council tax. Likewise, so is the property owner. So, for areas like ours, the council is losing massive amounts of base tax revenue to fun...

July 29, 2018

The latest noise complaints statistics from the University of Bristol (see previous post) show clearly that it needs a change of approach.

General noise complaints up 52% in a year, student parties up 24% despite receiving special attention—the present strategy simply is...

July 6, 2018

You may think it’s obvious that the University of Bristol, rather than the police or council, should respond to noise disturbances by students. The university argues otherwise. Its Good Neighbour policy says: "Students are subject to the same controls and laws as any ot...

June 23, 2018

Most students will now have left for their summer break, to be replaced by new student households when the next academic year begins in September. (The University of Bristol's Welcome Week runs from 24 to 28 September.) This gives us two things to think about:

-- The maj...

March 31, 2018

Night-time student noise is inextricably bound up with strategic-level decisions by both the University of Bristol and the city council as to the expansion of student numbers and how they will be accommodated within the city. This includes past decisions that allowed th...

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