Joint working initiative to help students and residents

Runnymede Council’s Environmental Protection, Surrey Police and Royal Holloway, University of London, have built a strong partnership and continue to work closely to resolve issues around noise, anti-social behaviour, rubbish and recycling in the Egham and Englefield Green areas.

The Environmental Protection Officers have carried out a number of out of hour patrols, between 7pm and 2am with Surrey Police in the autumn term to deal with issues relating to noise and other anti social behaviour.

These proactive patrols give the Environmental Protection Officers and Surrey Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Team the opportunity to visit residents in these areas to provide advice and support.

Noise Abatement Notices have been served in connection with four student-occupied properties in Egham this term. These have resulted in disciplinary action being taken by Royal Holloway. In the same period last year, Noise Abatement Notices were served on two student-occupied properties in Egham.

Chairman of Environment and Sustainability Committee, Cllr Peter Taylor, said: “Although the number of noise complaints is slightly up, with 40 complaints, compared to 36 complaints for the same period last year, this joint initiative will hopefully reduce the number of complaints in the long term.”

Cllr Taylor added: “We are grateful for the support we have received from both Surrey Police and Royal Holloway and look forward to continuing this positive partnership.”

Royal Holloway’s Community Liaison and Support Officer, Helen Groenendaal said: “We greatly value the working relationship we have with Runnymede Council and Surrey Police and believe the educational, supportive approach taken in this area has a positive impact on the whole community. We are committed to continuing to work in partnership to address and resolve any concerns that arise.”

Egham Town PC Richard Parke said: “The Egham Town Safer Neighbourhood Team enjoy a good working relationship with Runnymede Council’s Environmental Protection Department and the Royal Holloway University of London. The joint patrols have proved very useful in cementing that working relationship, both in terms of advice and guidance given to members of the community and also providing a more efficient enforcement procedure if any incidents occur.”

For more information about Environmental Protection issues please contact 01932 425131 or e-mail environmental.protection@runnymede.gov.uk

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About Roger Nield MBE

Safety Director for the SMPL Organisation and supporting our Vulnerable Veterans Programme.
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One Response to Joint working initiative to help students and residents

  1. Stuart says:

    We have had a couple of quiet years in our area of Egham. The disturbances we do get tend to be during the Summer between 02:00 and 06:00. Roger, it would be usefull to post the contact details for making complaints on this blog.

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