Replies came in from St Andrews; Aberdeen (“it is all but impossible for most sorts of retail to thrive” in student areas); Bath (very disappointed with lack of controls imposed by the local authority); Birmingham (HMOs should be shared by students and young professionals); Bournemouth (where student-resident relations, with the help of the students union, are far better than elsewhere); Brighton (the council wants to impose the strictest conditions in Britain on HMOs); Canterbury (lowest rate of owner occupation in the UK at 43%); Chester (furious about lack of residents’ representation on the issue); Coventry (where the university has grown so fast it has campuses in London and, 160 miles away, in Scarborough); Durham (where residents feel so hard done by they “often quote St Andrews as our future”); Leamington Spa (a huge rise in student numbers); Leeds (residents outnumbered two to one by students in Headingley); Manchester (barely believable … [Read more...] about Town v gown: is the student boom wrecking communities?
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Music Swimming Girls Bristol’s Swimming Girls do that 1975-y, Pale Waves-y, Fickle Friends-y big 1980s guitar pop-influenced thing – and do it well. Perky tunes so big you could hang a rain-soaked woollen duffle coat on them, songs such as Back of Your Car and Asking for It will make you think of unfairly attractive teenagers running to jump into the arms of other unfairly attractive teenagers in a John Hughes movie. They met at uni in Bath, so this gig is something of a homecoming. The Nest, Bath, 20 October … [Read more...] about Young arts run free: the 50 best things to do in the UK for zilch
Lockwood’s columns risk alienating much of the town. Batley’s Muslim community began arriving in the 1950s, largely from rural Gujarat in India. More than 50% of the population in the town’s east side is now of south Asian origin. Among them is Abdul Shaikh, a teaching fellow in Islamic studies at the University of Leeds. He said: “Lockwood has got his publication and he is playing to a particular agenda. He probably thinks he is a champion for the white working class.” … [Read more...] about Tommy Robinson and the editor: how a newspaper ‘sows division’ where Jo Cox died
That lifts Wigan to within five points of Reading and with only goal difference keeping them below Middlesbrough, who lost 1-0 at home to Leeds, and in the Championship bottom three. … [Read more...] about Wigan star Chey Dunkley rushed to hospital with suspected broken leg after horror clash with team-mate