'Swansea University freshers parties lower students' name with neighbours'
A SKETTY resident has lodged a complaint about loud freshers concerts at Swansea University going on past midnight.
Paul Reynolds, aged 69, of Gabalfa Road, Sketty, has complained after hearing excessive noise continuing past midnight on Friday, September 27, and Sunday, September 29.
Mr Reynolds has lived in the same property for over 30 years and said the noise had not caused him any major problems — until now.
Mr Reynolds said: "I live over a mile from the university but could hear the music quite distinctly through double-glazed windows.
"I had all my windows closed and it was still loud enough that even a radio could not block out the noise.
"It carried on late into the night and was loud.
"People living closer to the park must have found it even more intrusive.
"There is already a certain level of feeling within the community at large that the university is not a good neighbour — witness the fairly frequently letters and news stories in the Evening Post.
"This sort of thing can only feed that view and lower the reputation of the university and its students.
"If the university is proposing to hold similar events in the future I hope they will show some thought for local residents.
"It's no good entertaining the students if you alienate the community within which they are placed."
Mr Reynolds said he had been in touch with the university which had responded positively.
He said: "They are taking my complaint seriously but maybe they should have a word with the people who organise freshers." Swansea University freshers fortnight started on September 20 and will run until October 6.
A Swansea University spokeswoman said: "On the Sunday of the fresher's ball the university was monitored all night for sound and did not exceed regulations put in place by the council.
"We have yet to establish whether the correspondence from Mr Reynolds has arrived but as with all complaints of this nature we will give it due consideration."
Sandra Richards, constituency office manager for Julie James AM for Swansea West, said their office had received no complaints from residents about the alleged noise from Swansea University.