Door-knock initiative to improve town-gown relations in Bath
Residents concerned about the impact of students on their neighbourhood were able to discuss the issue with the people at the top this week.
Student union leaders, university officials and council chiefs went door-knocking in Oldfield Park to launch an initiative to build better relations between town and gown.
Among the delegation which visited around 150 homes on Monday night were Bath Spa University vice-chancellor Professor Christina Slade, University of Bath pro-vice-chancellor Professor Bernie Morley, Bath and North East Somerset Council leader Councillor Paul Crossley and the authority's chief executive Dr Jo Farrar.
The exercise coincided with the launch of the Being a Good Neighbour guide, which is given to around 11,000 students coming to study in the Bath area by the Student Community Partnership, made up of the council, two universities and their student unions.
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The guide gives practical advice on making the right impression, suggesting they introduce themselves to neighbours and consider noise levels, as well as giving hints and tips about waste collection, safety information and how to get involved in the local community by volunteering.
Partnership chair Councillor Will Sandry, who represents Oldfield Park, said the door-knocking had been a useful exercise.
"It doesn't matter whether you're a student or a long-term resident, it just helps to talk to your neighbours."
Hanna Wade, community officer at the University of Bath Students Union, said: "The guide gives excellent hints and tips for the many students who will be living away from home and campus for the first time.
"It also offers a variety of ideas about how students can have a positive impact in the community by volunteering and showing consideration to their neighbours."
Emma Weskin, vice-president for welfare and campaigns at Bath Spa University, added: "Once again, we've emailed the guide to all returning students so we hope that they will spend a few minutes reading all the hints and tips about how to be good neighbours alongside permanent residents in the community."
B&NES's Council Connect service is now the contact for residents and students wanting to offer any praise or report any issues or complaints to be reported, logged, and investigated instead of the old Student Action Line. People can reach the service via www.bathnes.gov.uk/reportit, firstname.lastname@example.org. uk text 07797 806545 or can ring 01225 394041
To find out more about the Student Community Partnership or view the booklet, go to www.townandgown.org.uk.