Petition to: address the growing problem of extremely loud noise levels and vandalism by students on and around Exhibition road.

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We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to address the growing problem of extremely loud noise levels and vandalism by students on and around Exhibition road. More details

Petition update from the council, 27 June 2012

Petition Response from the Strategic Director of City Management

Dear Shereen,

Drunken Behaviour & Noise Nuisance – Exhibition Road

This is a response to your online petition submitted on the Westminster website that attracted 9 signatures. Your petition stated the following:

“The main issue we would like to address is the screaming, shouting and very loud singing through the streets between 11pm and 3am, leading to many sleepless nights for residents. The second one is the littering, alcoholic beverages on our doorsteps, graffiti on our buildings and more recently the vandalism of the Barclays bicycles. We, the undersigned, call on Westminster City Council to ensure that the universities in the area are made aware of these issues and impose stricter rules on their students. We ask that the security teams of these universities control the noise levels on the actual street rather than solely in the student accommodation. We hope that you will agree to protect our lovely area and aim to stop drunk and disorderly behaviour around our homes.”

Since the petition has been received, you have been contacted to ascertain further details that will assist in resolving the problem. You have also been advised of local reporting mechanisms that may facilitate a quick response to any further ongoing issues. The problem is reported to be most acute on Wednesday and weekend nights between the hours of 10pm-2am. It mainly manifests itself as noise nuisance in the form of on street shouting and singing. Due to the proximity of accommodation it is thought by the petitioners that this is being caused by students of Imperial College London (ICL). Of particular concern is the area around the junction of Exhibition Road and Princes Gardens and the nearby Barclay’s cycle hire site.

In partnership with the police, we have approached ICL through both staff and student forums to get an educational message across that any such behaviour is causing a disturbance to local residents.
We have raised this as an issue with the local police Safer Neighbourhood Team who will also be conducting checks on the area at the relevant times of day as their resources allow. These patrols will have the following aims:
• To identify and apprehend those responsible.
• To confirm that those responsible are indeed students at ICL.
• To identify where they have been socialising for follow up by Westminster’s licensing team for possible irresponsible sales.
• To feedback the details of any individuals involved for further action by ICL that will complement any enforcement action taken by the police.

We have historically been proactively working with the university to both keep their students safe but also to remind them of drunken behaviours effect on residential amenity. There are well established lines of communication with ICL which includes a significant presence during each year’s fresher’s week. During the week students are given crime prevention advice but are also advised about personal safety and the need to be sensible and considerate when socialising. This forms part of a series of presentations that reaches over 3000 students every year.

We also have student representation on the police ward panel where they feed into the prioritisation of police resources. An educational message regarding this disorder will also be fed back through their health and safety representative on the panel who will relay to the student community. We have been in contact with the security team at ICL and have asked that they include the area on their patrol route in future.

As a result of the issues raised in this petition we have been proactively monitoring the cleanliness of the streets in this location. We have not however found a significant problem with litter or the debris associated with the night time economy. However, this will continue to be monitored to ensure no such problem becomes evident.
In addition a graffiti audit will be carried out to ensure the area is clean and again this will be monitored on an ongoing basis.
We have arranged for additional licensing visits to take place to the licensed premises on the ICL campus to re-iterate the message that they should not sell to those already heavily under the influence of alcohol and to ensure the appropriate management practices are in place. Any premises identified through police patrols going forward will also be subject to additional licensing visits.

I hope these actions will improve the situation for yourself and your neighbours.

Yours sincerely

Leith Penny
Strategic Director of City Management

More details from petition creator

The Main issue we would like to address is the screaming, shouting and very loud singing through the streets between 11pm and 3am, leading to many sleepless nights for residents. The second one is the littering, alcoholic beverages on our doorsteps, graffiti on our buildings and more recently the vandalism of the barclays bicycles. We, the undersigned, call on Westminster City Council to ensure that the universities in the area are made aware of these issues and impose stricter rules on their students. We ask that the security teams of these universities control the noise levels on the actual street rather than solely in the student accomodation. We hope that you will agree to protect our lovely area and aim to stop drunk and disorderly behaviour around our homes.

Current signatories

Miss Shereen Al-Mulla, the petition creator, joined by:

  • suzan almulla
  • Tala Salloum
  • Suzan Al-Mulla
  • Lana Al-Mulla
  • Tarek Chamma
  • shwan al-mulla
  • Mohammed Al-Mulla
  • Jimmy Conway