West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper called on the Government in Parliament yesterday to consider the views of Ormskirk residents in a Government consultation on whether to change the legislation about managing homes in multiple occupation (HMOs), in this area largely meaning student housing, and to bring changes to the law in quickly.
Rosie, who has been working with residents, the police and representatives of Edge Hill University to tackle issues around student housing for some time, said:
“I fully support Edge Hill University and the massive benefits in terms of jobs and economic activity that it brings to the area, but there have been some difficulties with the off campus student accommodation that need to be addressed."
“Local residents in Ormskirk have reported incidents of anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance from student neighbours and continuing to put more students into the area will only exacerbate the situation."
“The leaders of West Lancashire Borough Council need to talk less and commit to action; working with myself and the university to come up with solutions to student housing difficulties."
”I will continue working with local residents and others to reach an agreement that all sides are happy with and I would strongly encourage local residents and resident groups to take part in the consultation being held by the Department for Communities and Local Government. It is open until 7th August and you can get a copy on their website at www.communities.gov.uk or by calling my office on 01695 570 094.”
In response to Rosie’s question in Parliament, Minister for Housing John Healey said he was looking at the matter ‘very carefully’:
“I am looking at this matter very carefully, and will take into account the views of the residents in Ormskirk that my hon. Friend has reported to the House. I shall also take her views into account, and I am looking to make decisions on this matter pretty shortly.”