(Published in my university student newspaper, Flex.)
Students at Maritime Studios, in Falmouth, have received complaints and damage to their cars for parking on a residential road.
Three student cars, parked in a row down Pendennis Rise, had their wing-mirrors broken off on the pedestrian side this week. Students have not reported the incident believing that it will not resolve any problems.
“It is legal for students to park down these residential streets,” said Police. They were unable to comment on specific investigations but added: “We have noticed an increase in reports of car damage and break-ins in the Falmouth and Penryn areas.”
Maritime Studios offers student accommodation in Falmouth, charging £250 per term for students to park in the provided spaces. This forces most students to park on Pendennis Rise, leading up to the apartments.
Maritime has received many complaints from residents permanently living there, as they do not appreciate students parking on their street.
Jonny Mitchell, a first year student at Maritime, was asked to move his car after a complaint to Maritime’s building manager, Julia Tibbett. His registration number was given to Julia by a couple who said that they did not want students parking outside their house.
Tom Wood, another resident at Maritime, believes that this feud started when the building opened in 2007. He said: “The locals have never liked students living and parking down their street.”
He added: “A car was broken into last year by teenagers at the bowling alley. A local man was cleaning up the glass as I was walking to my apartment. He shouted at me, saying ‘This is one of your lots doing’ and told me that I should be cleaning it up.”
Ioakim Brammer, also a student at Maritime, has frequently had trouble with residents, first beginning at the start of summer when a sticker was left on his car.
“The sticker said that I had been given a fine for parking on the road. It looked professionally printed but most of the words were spelt incorrectly,” he said.
After ignoring the note, he received another. “It was a sarcastic note asking if my car had broken down because I was always parking on their street,” he said.
Ioakim informed the police in September when his tyres were slit and yet another note was left on his car asking him to visit one of the residents. The police spoke to the resident but she was not involved. No problems have occurred since.
Police advise students not to leave any valuables or items on display. If you are a victim of car damage call 08452 777444 as there is now a police team waiting to deal with these reports.