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  • Andrew Waller

► Cotham Gardens, Feb 5: 'Frequent noise'

Updated: Sep 18

(19062) Two residents have complained to UoB about frequent noise from a student property in Cotham Gardens, most recently on Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020.

One resident said: "I am writing to complain about the frequent parties and late-night noise from [xx] Cotham Gardens. It happens most Wednesday evenings and weekends. I can hear the bass music from my bedroom, which stops my family from sleeping.

"The frequent loud music and shouting in the street has become really quite disruptive. One one occasion before Christmas, she summoned help from Operation Beech. "The officers were helpful, but it is a shame they are not on duty more often."

(Email: Feb 5, 2020. 23:33) The second resident, who says he is a student himself, wrote: "This is the fourth year I’ve lived on Cotham Gardens whilst I’ve been at university and not had an issue before. "I’ve previously asked these students (on 9th October 2019) if they could turn the bass down and shut their windows so as not to share the music with the entire street (and beyond). On that occasion I spent well over twenty minutes knocking on the front door and window. Initially I thought that the music was so loud that they couldn’t hear me, but it became clear after a while they were consciously ignoring me, which I found disrespectful." He texted Operation Beech. "The police came and the noise soon diminished." He told the university: "I was reluctant to email in, but I don’t really know what else I can do—as a student myself I understand that Wednesday nights* are a big thing and can be a lot of fun. What I disagree with is the frequency with which noise continues past 11pm and midnight, and lack of consideration for neighbours, multiple times a week, and the lack of respect for a neighbour trying to politely ask to turn the music down.

[*sports night at the university] "As with some of my neighbours, the bass is clearly audible from my bedroom, and being bass, isn’t much dampened by ear plugs." (Email: Feb 5, 2020. 23:51)