RAU new buildings

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THE Royal Agricultural University has submitted a planning application to attached to the site’s Garner Lecture Block.

A new structure will enclose two outdoor staircases and create a covered walkway along the sides of the building.

This walkway will also act as a study area for students to use throughout the day when not in lectures.

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6:20pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Geoff66 says...

Perhaps they should consider submitting a planning application to create purpose built student accommodation at the Uni site, rather than creating a nightmare for all of those living in the town, and those who don't want to see them being part of any new cinema complex, yet alone any town centre development.

Isn't it strange that they will look at creating new Uni teaching buildings, but not consider housing their own students???
Perhaps they should consider submitting a planning application to create purpose built student accommodation at the Uni site, rather than creating a nightmare for all of those living in the town, and those who don't want to see them being part of any new cinema complex, yet alone any town centre development. Isn't it strange that they will look at creating new Uni teaching buildings, but not consider housing their own students??? Geoff66
  • Score: 8

10:13am Tue 2 Sep 14

Lynns55 says...

Students of that age do NOT want to live on Campus they want freedom to spend and contribute to the local economy!!! Stop being so negative about them and be grateful they keep spending to keep local shops open!
Students of that age do NOT want to live on Campus they want freedom to spend and contribute to the local economy!!! Stop being so negative about them and be grateful they keep spending to keep local shops open! Lynns55
  • Score: -5

10:54am Tue 2 Sep 14

Geoff66 says...

You would have thought that the Uni would have seen the logic, long ago, of creating lots of on-site student accommodation, which they could rent out to students and create a nice income, or monies which could be pumped back into the Uni and its facilities and activities.

I thought students wanted the "Uni experience" and living on campus, whilst having the close proximity of Cirencester, and its shops, facilities and NIGHT LIFE, would be something that most students would aspire too.

Unfortunately the actions and reputations of previous students have irreversibly damaged the reputation of all Uni students, and this reputation will perhaps never be changed in Cirencester.

The logic of placing students in the centre of the town, for all to see, and so close to the town's Night-life, which has been the focus of local worries and concerns, will place these students under such extreme-scrutiny, that one wrong move will damage any gains that these students and the Uni have ever made.
You would have thought that the Uni would have seen the logic, long ago, of creating lots of on-site student accommodation, which they could rent out to students and create a nice income, or monies which could be pumped back into the Uni and its facilities and activities. I thought students wanted the "Uni experience" and living on campus, whilst having the close proximity of Cirencester, and its shops, facilities and NIGHT LIFE, would be something that most students would aspire too. Unfortunately the actions and reputations of previous students have irreversibly damaged the reputation of all Uni students, and this reputation will perhaps never be changed in Cirencester. The logic of placing students in the centre of the town, for all to see, and so close to the town's Night-life, which has been the focus of local worries and concerns, will place these students under such extreme-scrutiny, that one wrong move will damage any gains that these students and the Uni have ever made. Geoff66
  • Score: 1

12:44pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Jessica Rabbit says...

Lynns55 do you live by Aggie students? I do, and I can tell you it is not pleasant at all. Have you had students urinate on your car? Urinate on your garden? Throw up vomit on your driveway? Throw cans, food, cigarettes over your garden fence? Throw shoes out of windows aimed at your car? Run your husband over drunk driving? Nearly killed you on a separate occasion drunk driving? Crashed in to your garden wall drunk driving? Have you suffered 7 years of verbal drunken abuse, swearing and shouting till 4am on weeknights when your children have to go to school and you to work? Suffered summer night BBQs where there are 30-40 Aggies in their garden swearing to the point where you have to take your children in? NO... I thought not by your comment.
Lynns55 do you live by Aggie students? I do, and I can tell you it is not pleasant at all. Have you had students urinate on your car? Urinate on your garden? Throw up vomit on your driveway? Throw cans, food, cigarettes over your garden fence? Throw shoes out of windows aimed at your car? Run your husband over drunk driving? Nearly killed you on a separate occasion drunk driving? Crashed in to your garden wall drunk driving? Have you suffered 7 years of verbal drunken abuse, swearing and shouting till 4am on weeknights when your children have to go to school and you to work? Suffered summer night BBQs where there are 30-40 Aggies in their garden swearing to the point where you have to take your children in? NO... I thought not by your comment. Jessica Rabbit
  • Score: 4

12:47pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Jessica Rabbit says...

Oh... and with freedom comes responsibility.... the ones I know have none. They do not want to integrate in to our community, they want to spend 3 years getting drunk and having as much fun as they can, regardless of who they hurt along the way.
Oh... and with freedom comes responsibility.... the ones I know have none. They do not want to integrate in to our community, they want to spend 3 years getting drunk and having as much fun as they can, regardless of who they hurt along the way. Jessica Rabbit
  • Score: -1

8:21am Thu 4 Sep 14

ciren001 says...

What Lynn55 said is rubbish, what Jessica Rabbit said is bang on
What Lynn55 said is rubbish, what Jessica Rabbit said is bang on ciren001
  • Score: -1

4:13pm Thu 4 Sep 14

CirenLet says...

As a student landlord in Cirencester I can honestly say the students cause little damage to properties at all, no more so than a family let. Also we have close ties with the neighbours of each property and very rarely have any issues at all. I think there is a lot of uneccessary hate and hype towards Royal Ag students and their behaviour. I think you would find it much the same in any University town in student occupied neighbourhoods. The minority spoil it for the majority without a doubt. But Cirencester is heavily dependent on the extra wealth brought in by the students and tarnishing them all with the same brush is foolish and stereotyping.
As a student landlord in Cirencester I can honestly say the students cause little damage to properties at all, no more so than a family let. Also we have close ties with the neighbours of each property and very rarely have any issues at all. I think there is a lot of uneccessary hate and hype towards Royal Ag students and their behaviour. I think you would find it much the same in any University town in student occupied neighbourhoods. The minority spoil it for the majority without a doubt. But Cirencester is heavily dependent on the extra wealth brought in by the students and tarnishing them all with the same brush is foolish and stereotyping. CirenLet
  • Score: 3

5:32pm Thu 4 Sep 14

MR DOBBY says...

IF THE AGGIES VANISHED OVER NIGHT, MOST PEOPLE IN CIREN WHOULD NOT BE WORSE OFF.
MOST WOULD BE ALOT HAPPIER.
HOUSE PRICES WOULD GO DOWN AND RENTS WOULD DROP, TO HELP THE REAL YOUTH OF CIREN.
AND ALOT OF THE PROBLEMS WOULD DISAPPEAR.
IF THE AGGIES VANISHED OVER NIGHT, MOST PEOPLE IN CIREN WHOULD NOT BE WORSE OFF. MOST WOULD BE ALOT HAPPIER. HOUSE PRICES WOULD GO DOWN AND RENTS WOULD DROP, TO HELP THE REAL YOUTH OF CIREN. AND ALOT OF THE PROBLEMS WOULD DISAPPEAR. MR DOBBY
  • Score: -5

5:34pm Thu 4 Sep 14

ciren001 says...

Cirenlet, that's very interesting to hear from a student landlord, you are obviously not the one whose house I live next door to, we have had several years worth of students and nothing but varying degrees of trouble from the students.. Added to the landlord living away and only visiting once a year so weeds grow all over the place even through the block driveway, and who wont return any calls even when I am trying to do them a favour by pointing out a problem with their property. the main thing that worries me is that my house is also my pension and I am seriously worried that I wont be able to sell at the market value due to the state of the house next door, and when prospective buyers find out that there are Aggies there I will have no chance other than to become a student landlord myself and rent somewhere else for my retirement. You may well be right about the minority spoiling things but it really is a big problem in this town, Im just glad that you have had some decent students. I would also be interested to hear how long you have been renting to Aggies.
Cirenlet, that's very interesting to hear from a student landlord, you are obviously not the one whose house I live next door to, we have had several years worth of students and nothing but varying degrees of trouble from the students.. Added to the landlord living away and only visiting once a year so weeds grow all over the place even through the block driveway, and who wont return any calls even when I am trying to do them a favour by pointing out a problem with their property. the main thing that worries me is that my house is also my pension and I am seriously worried that I wont be able to sell at the market value due to the state of the house next door, and when prospective buyers find out that there are Aggies there I will have no chance other than to become a student landlord myself and rent somewhere else for my retirement. You may well be right about the minority spoiling things but it really is a big problem in this town, Im just glad that you have had some decent students. I would also be interested to hear how long you have been renting to Aggies. ciren001
  • Score: 7

5:57pm Thu 4 Sep 14

CirenLet says...

Ciren001 I appreciate your concerns regarding the devaluation of your property. We have been letting to students for 5 years now with 1 property and 1 year with another. Living locally gives us an increased advantage in property maintenance and keeping an eye on what is going on. My suggestion is to contact the college, which I'm sure you will have done, they do come down fairly hard with antisocial behaviour fines. Also CDC have now introduced the fit to rent scheme which prevents unscrupulous landlords from advertising on the college website. The scheme covers everything from fire doors and safety glass right through to how well the property is maintained and issues raised by neighbours. This is a voluntary scheme in order to advertise on the college website at the moment but it will become law in around 2 years. This should greatly improve standards and this hopefully secure your property value.

Regarding other comments, students like it or not do add a great deal to the local economy and without them house prices would not be any lower. Average house prices in cirencester are not above the norm for a GL7 postcode.
Ciren001 I appreciate your concerns regarding the devaluation of your property. We have been letting to students for 5 years now with 1 property and 1 year with another. Living locally gives us an increased advantage in property maintenance and keeping an eye on what is going on. My suggestion is to contact the college, which I'm sure you will have done, they do come down fairly hard with antisocial behaviour fines. Also CDC have now introduced the fit to rent scheme which prevents unscrupulous landlords from advertising on the college website. The scheme covers everything from fire doors and safety glass right through to how well the property is maintained and issues raised by neighbours. This is a voluntary scheme in order to advertise on the college website at the moment but it will become law in around 2 years. This should greatly improve standards and this hopefully secure your property value. Regarding other comments, students like it or not do add a great deal to the local economy and without them house prices would not be any lower. Average house prices in cirencester are not above the norm for a GL7 postcode. CirenLet
  • Score: 5

10:46am Fri 5 Sep 14

Jessica Rabbit says...

CirenLet, the college couldn't care less.... I have spent years complaining and Sarah Tennent-Bell has little interest in my concerns. Perhaps she and all the other lecturers up there would like to come and live next door to a house of 5 students before they dismiss my complaints. Oh, and the only place I can see the Aggies add financially to the local economy is at REVA on a Wednesday night. I'm glad it works for you, but it doesn't for me.... I am the one with a house that I can not sell due to my neighbours, but I expect like others on here, and at the college, you don't care.
CirenLet, the college couldn't care less.... I have spent years complaining and Sarah Tennent-Bell has little interest in my concerns. Perhaps she and all the other lecturers up there would like to come and live next door to a house of 5 students before they dismiss my complaints. Oh, and the only place I can see the Aggies add financially to the local economy is at REVA on a Wednesday night. I'm glad it works for you, but it doesn't for me.... I am the one with a house that I can not sell due to my neighbours, but I expect like others on here, and at the college, you don't care. Jessica Rabbit
  • Score: 3

1:30pm Fri 5 Sep 14

MR DOBBY says...

AGGIES AND COLLEGE ONLY CARE ABOUT THERE SELVES ITS BE PROVEN TIME AFTER TIME.
AND IT WILL GO ON UNTIL PEOPLE, CTC AND CDC DO SOMETHING.
AGGIES AND COLLEGE ONLY CARE ABOUT THERE SELVES ITS BE PROVEN TIME AFTER TIME. AND IT WILL GO ON UNTIL PEOPLE, CTC AND CDC DO SOMETHING. MR DOBBY
  • Score: 1
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