09 Feb 2009 15:12:00.000
University of Nottingham students are getting out and about in the Lenton area of the city to help make the neighbourhood cleaner, safer and more environmentally friendly.
The students are working with Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire Police for a ‘Day of Action’ in the Lenton triangle area, which is popular with students living off-campus.
The Day of Action on Tuesday, February 10, will see students working with the City Council’s Street Scene team to clean up the streets and remind residents to take their bins in after they have been collected. They will also help to explain a new recycling scheme recently introduced to the area, in a bid to increase participation in the scheme.
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Alice Townend, Community Officer at The University of Nottingham Students’ Union, said: “Many students choose to live in Lenton and want to make a positive contribution to their community. We think it’s really important that student volunteers are involved in their neighbourhood.”
The ‘Homes in Multiple Occupation’ (HMO) team from the City Council will be checking houses in the area for compliance with HMO licensing rules.
Leonie Stewart, HMO team leader, said: “We will be proactively working in the Lenton triangle area, speaking with hundreds of tenants to identify unlicensed HMOs and provide information to students about tenant-related issues. We aim to raise the profile of HMO licensing in the area and increase residents’ awareness of the services we provide.”
Police officers are also taking part in the ‘Day of Action’, reminding the community to lock their doors and windows and follow basic crime prevention advice.
Inspector Dave Bola, Local Area Commander, said: “There has been a drop in burglaries in this area, but residents must remain vigilant. One of the services we are offering to residents is tracking software called Computrace, which can help us to track down laptops that are reported stolen.”
Computrace is being offered for installation on laptops, free of charge, at Canning Circus police Station from Monday to Friday, 9-5pm.
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The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.
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