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Plans for dedicated warden to tackle student anti-social behaviour in Bournemouth

By This is Dorset  |  Posted: November 19, 2012

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An officer could be assigned in Bournemouth to crack down on anti-social behaviour from students.

Bournemouth Borough Council's cabinet will consider proposals to tackle issues raised by residents during a recent consultation.

Targeted enforcement and landlord accreditation will also be considered in order to improve standards of management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) - largely student housing.

Residents in Winton and Charminster have raised concerns over poor conditions of HMOs, along with community issues such as noise and anti-social behaviour.

Richard Lambert, CEO of the National Landlords Association said: "The NLA welcomes Bournemouth Council's proposals to work collaboratively with landlords, letting agents and the local community in order to improve standards.

"It is essential that Bournemouth Borough Council uses its existing powers to enforce standards wherever necessary, and does not hesitate to prosecute the criminals who exploit people in need of housing.

"Equally, landlords must show their professionalism by continuing to strive for high standards through landlord accreditation and continued professional development."

Plans will be considered by the cabinet on November 20, including the possibility of assigning an officer to the Winton area to carry out targeted enforcement, engage with landlords and deal with residents' concerns.

The officer would be part-funded up to £15,000 by Bournemouth University.

A joint statement from Bournemouth University and the Arts University College at Bournemouth said: "Bournemouth University (BU) and the Arts University College at Bournemouth (AUCB) make a substantial economic and social contribution to the local area and many of our students are involved in voluntary and community work.

"However, we recognise that anti-social behaviour from a small minority of our students can impact substantially on the community.

"Over the past few years BU and AUCB have been working very closely with the council and police to try to tackle this and we already fund dedicated police officers and out of hours Environmental Health Office support.

"BU and AUCB recognise that there is more to be done and therefore we remain committed to our partnership work with local community services, wholeheartedly support this initiative and will continue to contribute to the funding of community initiatives."

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