University of Northampton Students’ Union has pledged to minimise noise issues at FreshFest after deluge of complaints last year

President of the University of Northampton Students' Union, Victor Agboola

President of the University of Northampton Students' Union, Victor Agboola

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Organisers of this year’s FreshFest at the University of Northampton have revealed actions taken to avoid issues over noise that marred last year’s event.

The University of Northampton Students’ Union was besieged by complaints from the public last year after loud music and offensive language from the DJ disrupted thousands of households across the town. Hundreds of people registered complaints across social media and the borough council’s environmental health department carried out a full investigation.

FreshFest will be on Saturday September 26. Last year’s event was on a Sunday night, one of the reason why householders were so angry at the disturbed night’s sleep.

A spokesperson for the university added: “The University of Northampton Students’ Union, as last year, are working closely with Environmental Health to ensure that the event, which this year runs 4pm – 11pm, operates in a manner than ensures a quality experience for our students whilst minimising the impact on the local community.

“A number of changes have been made to the site plan of FreshFest including the direction of travel for sound and opportunities for sound absorption from the immediate environment to ensure the nearest residential area should not experience anything greater than 65Db, a level similar to that found on a busy road.

“Local residents who wish to raise any concerns regarding Freshers event or provide input should contact the Students’ Union’s Marketing & Communications Manager by emailing enquiries@northamptonunion.com
Student union president, Victor Agboola, who issued an apology after last year, said this year’s event will be a great night for new students in the town.

“FreshFest event, which has previously played host to Gorgon City and Sigma, will this year welcome chart-topper and British rapper, Example, alongside BBC Radio 1 DJ, Huw Stephens. A fantastic line up that our students are really excited about,” he said.

The FreshFest is part of a number of activities put on by the union to welcome thousands of new students to the town.

“The Students’ Union will provide students access to a foam party, UV paint party, outdoor cinema, karaoke and pub quizzes among other events designed to welcome Northampton’s newest residents,” the spokesperson said.

“Students will also have the opportunity to meet the Students’ Union’s 35 Sports Clubs and 70 different Student Societies alongside a number of local and national businesses and charities across a two day event expected to attract over 6,000 visitors looking to take advantage of the organisation’s unique offer of free sports and society memberships.

“Our Freshers and Welcome Programme presents a number of fun and affordable opportunities for students to learn more about Northampton, what the Students’ Union and University have to offer and a chance to make new friends with other students in their Halls of Residence and on their course,” the spokesperson added.

A spokesperson for Northampton Borough Council said: “The Students’ Union consulted us when planning this year’s event and they have confirmed that they have taken measures to mitigate the impact of the event such as finishing the music by 11pm, having proper control over DJ and taking care in the location of loudspeakers. They have also leafletted local residents and taken other measures to publicise the event. We have reminded them that the abatement notice served last year remains in force, which means that they could be prosecuted if there are any breaches of their event licence.”

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