Hatfield residents reach out to University of Hertfordshire students

A TRUCE has been called between residents from Hatfield and students from the University of Hertfordshire living in the area. Residents of Salisbury Village reached out to the student population also living on the former British Aerospace site this month,

A TRUCE has been called between residents from Hatfield and students from the University of Hertfordshire living in the area.

Residents of Salisbury Village reached out to the student population also living on the former British Aerospace site this month, by visiting student houses and handing out information packs on rubbish collection, keeping noise levels down, and how to properly secure your house.

Tensions between long-term residents and students have always been high in the area, with homeowners complaining of noise, drunken behaviour and rubbish left outside properties vacated during the summer holidays.

But now it is hoped the two groups can resolve their differences through similar schemes in the future.


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The event was organised by the de Havilland Residents Association Neighbourhood Watch.

Co-ordinator Lynne Sparks said: "It's been great meeting newcomers to the estate and to talk about what life here means.

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"Some students didn't realise they were living in a residential area and said they'd change their behaviour as a result.

"It was also a chance for new student residents to find out more about living on the estate and for us to sign up some new members to the Neighbourhood Watch."

David Ball, University of Hertfordshire dean of students said: "We're pleased that the residents and students of Salisbury Village have resolved their issues. The university will continue to urge students to take their responsibilities as members of the community seriously and respect their neighbours. The university will continue to take action against any students who are known to cause problems in the neighbourhood.

"We've student representatives in the area who will attend the residents meetings and inform their fellow students and the university of any issues."

If you're interested in joining the Neighbourhood Watch of the de Havilland Residents Association, visit www.dhra.org.uk for more information.

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