The Telegraph is reporting that residents near the University of Exeter have campaigned to ban all students bringing cars on campus.
The campaign has been triggered by residents raising the issue over “cluttered streets” – with some saying they have not been able to find spaces on their own street for weeks. They hope that a ban can be enforced as a condition of anyone accepting a place that sees vehicles not just banned from campus – but anywhere in the city,
And it has now been backed by civic leaders and also taken up by the local newspaper the Express and Echo who have launched a petition called on the university to take urgent action.
The petition states: “Today we are calling on the University of Exeter to ban students from bringing cars with them while they study. The university itself bans students from parking on campus, meaning the city’s streets are cluttered by vehicles for much of the day. Car bans at Nottingham and Cambridge universities have improved road safety, the environment and relations between students and long-term residents. We’re calling on our university to follow their lead.”
The university – one of the top ten in the country – has so far resisted the calls saying it already discourages students from bringing cars with them.
Local councillor Peter Holland said student drivers shouldn’t be offered a place unless they pledge to leave their car at home.”Four or five years ago there didn’t seem to be an issue but more recently there’s been an increasing number of students bringing cars to the uni.”
Do you find that students with cars are a problem where you are? How do you resolve issues with nearby residents? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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