By Reece Dixon
Complaints to the council in Winton have risen from 62 in 2013 to 236 and counting in 2014 making it the worst place in Bournemouth for student noise. However many students believe they are unfairly treated.
George Forrester, 21, a Bournemouth University student living in Winton said: “I turned 21 in October and wanted to throw our first party, so we decided to alert the neighbours several days before.”
He added: ‘Environmental Health came at 11:15 and told us to turn it down or leave and there would be no issue. Within 10 minutes we had left for town. A week later all 6 of us in the house received £50 fines even though we agreed to their demands!’
Sue Parkins, a Winton resident said: “I have a 2 year-old boy and sometimes the noise from next door is unbearable. It either wakes up my son, my husband or myself and it’s just not fair.”
Louis Fabry, 20, another student living in Winton says the treatment is inconsistent: “I went to a party in Winton last month, it was extremely noisy yet was aloud to go on until 2 a.m until police were forced to enter and get everyone out. Not one member of their house received a fine or warning, why?”
Bournemouth Council say they are doing their best to ensure anti-social complaints are handled fairly and believe it is difficult for students and residents to live together.
Deborah Jones, Media and Communications Officer for Bournemouth Borough Council said: “Whilst numbers have increased, it is due to more wardens being in the area. The council can deal with issues that would have otherwise gone unreported.”
Don’t tolerate the noise
Bournemouth Borough Council are appealing to anyone with anti-social related issues to contact them on 01202 454941 or visit their website.