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  • "it doesn't take two minutes on the Press website and elsewhere to find reports of York university students committing suicide- not necessarily on campus- but as the vast majority of students don't live on campus this is not a surprise.

    In my quick research- there have been under five York student suicides in the last five year, both on and off campus. Are you really telling me that in ONE year, in one small sector of the overall student population (ie those resident on campus) there has been a 700% increase in suicides, all without the university OR the York Press OR any of the student papers OR the police OR the ambulance service OR the coroners office OR local government OR central government OR the local or national NUS OR the UCU and other on-campus unions making any comments/statements/
    representations at all? This suggests a cover up of astounding proportions- indeed, quite how have the University managed to surpress reports of this on twitter/FB, when national governments, powerful businesses and leading celebrities are unable to exert control over social media?

    All factual stories start as rumour but so does gossip, misunderstanding, misconception, false allegation and good old fashioned mistakes.

    I am not saying categorically that there werent 7 suicides in one calendar year- but I am very very very surprised that there has been no reporting of this, when student suicides have been reported on before, and I see no clear motive or mechanism for surpression of this information. All I ask is a little more evidence than an anecdotal comment from a member of staff"
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Osbaldwick student let plan sparks protests

First published in News

RESIDENTS are protesting against plans for another student let in a York village, saying they are worried about problems with noise at antisocial hours.

Osbaldwick parish councillors have also raised concerns about the calculations being used by council officials to work out whether the proposal should be turned down under new planning rules.

City of York Council has received the application to turn a post-war semi-detached house in Tranby Avenue into a house of multiple occupation (HMO) to provide accommodation for six students.

Planning consultants Yew Tree Associates said permission would not have been needed previously but is now required after the authority adopted “article 4” powers, allowing it to control the proliferation of HMOs in the city.

The consultants said the scheme would not detract from the character of the area and is considered acceptable.

But near-neighbours have written to the council to express deep concerns about the impact on their lives. One said: “I worry about the noise levels in the area.

“Surely there is plenty of accommodation in the vicinity of the university already, and I understand that a lot of the purpose-built accommodation in Hull Road lies half empty.”

Another said: “There will be a problem with the fact that six people from a different generation to the majority of people living in this family-orientated area will create a lot of noise at unsocial hours, which is unacceptable.”

A third resident said: “I have for many years been treated for anxiety and nerves and I am very concerned about so many people living next door. This has always been an extremely quiet residential area.”

Laurie Pye, of Osbaldwick Parish Council, claimed there was a higher level of HMOs in the area than was indicated in the council’s database, which was used to help decide whether such applications should be turned down or approved.

He claimed the database had been similarly flawed with a previous proposal for an HMO in Farndale Avenue.

He said: “It could be argued until kingdom come that the figures are acceptable as they stand, but if they do not reflect reality on the ground, as understood by local residents, then the whole system falls into disrepute.”

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