The Gemeente will be confiscating hi-fi’s if parties are reported
The municipality of Groningen has drawn up a ‘black list’, with 135 student houses in Groningen sitting on a final warning. The police and the municipality have announced that they will take firm action: as soon as a party is reported again by local residents the parties will be shut down, and the sound system will be confiscated. As reported by the Dagblad van het Noorden.
Alderman Roeland van der Schaaf (PvdA) says that the time for warnings are over. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the number of reports of nuisance about student house parties has already doubled compared to last year. It’s understandable that more parties are being organised with the closure of clubs and bars, says the Alderman: “but students also have to adhere to certain norms and values.”
The list has been compiled on the basis of data from the police and ‘nuisance reporting center’ (Overlastmeldpunt). The problem is especially pronounced in the Schildersbuurt neighbourhood. Local residents wrote an urgent letter to the city council at the end of August in which they requested action and enforcement.
The gemeente deliver a letter from the Mayor (who seems to communicate only using letters) to the 135 student houses. The owners of the buildings will also receive a letter, asking them to indicate what they are going to do to stop the nuisance.
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