Guest Blog: Simon Wheale on Student Parties

Simon Wheale was the Liberal Democrat councillor for Withington for 22 years. He may have lost his seat in May 2014 but has not lost any passion for the area, still campaigning for local residents. He had the following to say about student parties.


For too long Anti-Social Behaviour law has not worked for local residents in areas like Fallowfield, Ladybarn and Withington in South Manchester, if student parties in local houses get out of hand.

Parties where too many people turn up for them to be safe for anybody and industrial strength sound systems which play all night cause problems for families with work and school the next day.

Despite there being a mound of Anti-Social Behaviour legislation from the years of Tony Blair's 'Respect' Agenda, both Police and City Council have too often felt unable to intervene at the time when big parties are taking place and are causing maximum nuisance for neighbours.

Things have now changed and not before time.

A lasting legacy of Norman Baker's time as Liberal Democrat Home Office Crime Prevention Minister, before his recent resignation, is a new smaller, simpler and more straightforward set of anti-social behaviour powers which do what they say on the tin and work effectively to tackle nuisance.

These powers came into effect on 1st of October and were used within 2 minutes of becoming operational by Police in South Manchester. 

The new Anti-Social Behaviour measures allow Police to act if a nuisance party is taking place and to close it down if it is getting out of hand. They can also disperse people where a major disturbance is happening.

But the best thing will be if these powers don't have to be used!

Manchester is a great city with robust, lively, mixed communities like Fallowfield, Ladybarn and Withington which can be sustainable if nuisance behaviour is binned and neighbours come first.

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