NOISE and litter are a top priority for the town, according to the Buckingham and Maids Moreton Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG).
This follows on from a recent spate of complaints about student noise. Town centre residents spoke out at the NAG’s annual public meeting on Wednesday night, and the issue was set as one of the NAG’s priorities for the coming year.
Residents and representatives of the university also attended the meeting of Buckingham Town Council on Monday night.
Councillor Robin Stuchbury called on the University of Buckingham to do more to involve ordinary townsfolk.
He said: “We’ve got to recognise the university is going to grow and they have to manage their growth within a small market town. There’s a large population of people who know nothing about the university.”
Mr Stuchbury and Mayor of Buckingham Mike Smith both had been contacted by people complaining about student noise.
Tim Barker who lives on Nelson Street, said the problem was the worst it had been for 25 years. Nelson Street resident Nick Robinson said as the university expands, more dwellings will have to be found for students and the area of nuisance will increase. He said it was refreshing that the university accepted there was a problem.
The university’s director of external affairs Lucy Hodges said they would be employing an extra four security guards. She said they also proposed to produce a newsletter to go out to local homes, and organise one or two get-togethers.
Councillor Jon Harvey said residents should have a voice in the newsletter.
Councillor Paul Hirons suggested the university should have a single 24-hour phone number people could ring to report student antisocial behaviour.”
Mr Smith told the Advertiser: “The university, the town council, the NAG and the police are working together to solve these problems. I’m confident we will soon see an end to them.”