Pat Robinson, outside her home

Arboretum resident’s health has deteriorated over students’ antisocial behaviour and Nottingham City Councils lack of action.

Pat Robinson, 78, has recently come off antidepressants and has seen a decline in her wellbeing, whilst living amongst students.

“I have seen students jumping from roof to roof on our cars”

Pat Robinson, permanent resident on Portland Road

She claims the students’ bins are constantly overloaded with rubbish, and garbage is left on the streets.

Bins on Portland Road

Pat, The Arboretum Residents Association member, said: “I suffer from headaches and sleepless nights because of loud music, parties, smashing glass and bins being kicked over.

“These problems are made even worse when alcohol is involved, I have seen students jumping from roof to roof on our cars.”

Pat said: “the problem keeps escalating” and wants the council to start taking action, to resolve the issues in her neighborhood.

“That’s the price you pay for living in a student area”

Ffion Tunbridge, student resident on Portland Road

Pat, who moved into Portland Road, 39 years ago said: “Students often say this is a student area, but this is my home. It’s become an area where students have been allowed to come in vast numbers.

“This was once a lovely community and now I feel I am living on a student campus.”

Video: Pat Robinson, a resident on Portland Road speaks about the issues in her area and how her mental health has been affected

Pat has spoken to Nottingham City Council on multiple occasions, but has not seen any improvements.

Pat said: “the City Council needs to take responsibility to resolve the issues they created by allowing too many HMOs in the area.”

Mrs Robinson believes, the council should put pressure on landlords by imposing stricter rules and fines to ensure students’ behave.

“Students make a really positive contribution to the City’s economy”

Linda Woodings, Councillor and portfolio holder for planning and housing

Ffion Tunbridge, a Nottingham Trent University student, who lives on Portland Road acknowledges the problem with overflowing bins and states the council does not provide enough bins for each household.

Rubbish left on the street on Portland road

Ffion said: “No one wants rubbish they can’t dispose of and everyone has to put up with the unwanted noise and antisocial behaviour.

“That’s just what you get for living in a student area.”

Video: Ffion Tunbridge, A Nottingham Trent University student, talks about the issues of rubbish and noise 

A spokesman from Nottingham City Council, responded to the claims made and said, in order to tackle residents’ concerns, the City Council have employed two anti-social behaviour and housing officers. They work with the local CPOs and the universities, to provide support for any issues identified at licenced properties.

Nottingham City Council said: “We carry out regular patrols of the Arboretum area and any complaints we get, are dealt with promptly.

“The issue of the bins on the streets remains at the forefront of the activity of the local community protection officers”.

Litter left on the pavement on Portland Road

The City Council maintain the position, that they do not have the power to stop a landlord turning their property into a HMO. The council can only ensure the HMO has a license and complies with the regulations.

Councillor Linda Woodings and Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing, at Nottingham City Council, said: “Students make a really positive contribution to the economy because they live local, shop local and keep lots of our establishments going.”

Audio: Councillor Linda Woodings, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage, at Nottingham City Council, discusses measures that are in place for antisocial behaviour and litter, for areas in the city with high numbers of HMOs

Since September 2021, the council have two dedicated officers conducting external inspections of licensed HMO properties. 1,785 properties have been inspected and 59% of those properties have been found to be satisfactory, with 41% requiring further interventions, as they were found to be unsatisfactory.

Across the Arboretum and wider area, this academic year, 131 Section 46 Notices, 38 Community Protection Notice Warnings, 19 Community Protection Notices and 99 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued to individuals in relation to failure to remove a domestic bin from the public highway.

This academic year alone, 31 Community Protection Notice Warnings have been issued to individuals on Portland Road for causing noise nuisance.

The council are currently seeking funding for purpose-built bin stores to trial on Portland Road. Which will include large 1100 litre bins accessible only to residents.

If you are a Nottingham resident experiencing antisocial behaviour or problems within your community please contact Nottingham City Council on  0115 915 2000.