When you are settled come and say hello to us. While you live here we want to enjoy being with you – and if you are too busy to meet us and join in with our community life, which would be fair enough, we want to be untroubled by you being here! Think about noise, how noise at night may affect someone with an illness or someone who works a split or late shift: how the sound of shouting in the street may wake and disturb the sleep of someone who is operating on your gran tomorrow or driving a bus to school. Think too about how an elderly or very young person may be frightened by your party noise or a shout or loud conversation in the street, during late hours.
If you are thinking of having a party we wish you a very happy birthday, Halloween, Christmas or graduation! But please think about going to an outside venue for your party (there are many low cost ones) rather than having it in your home. We live too close together here. If there are six of you in one house (or fewer perhaps) and there are many homes in the streets with the same kinds of numbers, think about how each of you each having ‘just one party’ in celebration, impacts on the place where you live. In previous years with a party almost every night in our particular street, your neighbours were desperate and their furniture was getting badly shaken by all those booming bass speakers!
Seriously, when things were that bad, many people who had raised families here moved away to other areas to preserve their health and their children’s well-being. Small businesses have been affected too. Because we are lovely here in Hanover few of us liked to complain….Things got very bad so in recent years we’ve become more proactive about the problems and have linked up with students union and our councillors and local PCSO’s to get a strategy together for dealing with it. The noise patrol and environmental health teams do get called in to address noise issues, as you will perhaps already be aware. Fines can be very heavy and we prefer to tackle things in a friendly way. We want young people to live with us (in fact some of us are young too.)
I want to emphasise that not all noise is made by students and many students are themselves the victims of noise disturbance.
A small destructive minority will always cause problems here. These are people who for whatever reason, seem not to care about anyone else. We won’t hesitate to call in the authorities when this happens and this can result in very hefty fines and in some cases legal sanctions. If someone is causing you problems call the environmental health team on 01273 292929; or from Friday to Sunday at night the noise patrol on;
Ways to be quieter and still have fun:
- keep speakers away from shared walls and also from open windows.
- Keep the bass down on music you are playing in the evening – it is more penetrating than you realise and Hanover has high walls which cast echoes.
- Be quiet in the street at night. Even conversation carries clearly and disturbs when there is no other background hum to cover it.
I don’t have the time to greet each new arrival with a packet of custard creams and some tea bags, as I used to when there were fewer of you; so I’ll offer instead a very warm, ‘hello and welcome to Hanover’.
Best Wishes & Success in your studies
A Hanover Resident
P.S. Thanks to Martin and all those in UOB students union who contributed to the provision of two extra security guards to help curb problems during fresher’s week. We are very grateful here that things were much better and quieter during that period.