�50k boost to tackle Hatfield’s student problem hot-spots

THE University of Hertfordshire has invested �50,000 to tackle problems caused by its students.

Plans have been announced to deal with issues brought up by residents living near the Hatfield-based uni.

Problems being tackled include excessive noise, waste and inconsiderate parking.

The uni’s cash will go towards Welwyn Hatfield Council paying for an extended out-of-hours noise service, additional refuse collections and litter picking, and extra parking attendants.

These services will be over and above what is already provided by the council and will be targeted at pinch points in the student calendar; namely, the start and end of the student year and the start and end of tenancy agreements.

David Ball, dean of students, said: “Students and the university are very much a part of the local community and I am pleased we are working together with the council to address residents’ concerns.

“I believe our contribution in providing additional services will have a positive impact on the borough’s neighbourhoods.”

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Cllr Colin Couch, executive member for environment, said: “Residents have expressed their concerns about litter, noise and parking issues through resident associations or ward councillor.

“What was needed was a unified approach to addressing concerns.

“As this is a fairly new arrangement, the services will be monitored to identify the level of impact they will have on the local community and environment.”

* Residents should call 0800 111 4484 to report incidents of noise nuisance during the four-week period which started on Monday.