The City of Durham Parish Council and Durham University have joined forces to promote responsible citizenship ahead of the University’s Welcome and Orientation Week starting on September 27.
The last 18 months of the pandemic have been unprecedented and difficult for everyone and we are all pleased to be getting back to some sort of normality as we look ahead post Covid-19.
Part of the return to that normality has seen the reopening of our thriving evening and night time economies, our retail and hospitality sector and the return of students to Durham; many of whom we are warmly welcoming for the first time to our City.
As part of a multi-agency joint effort to ensure that Durham City is a peaceful and harmonious place for all to live, visit, study and work, the Parish Council and Durham University are joining forces to promote the resident-led Shhh…11pm-7am campaign which has existed in the City for many years now. Some of the activity being carried out ahead of the Welcome and Orientation Week includes:
• The introduction of lamp post signs promoting the key messaging of the Shhh campaign.
• Posters at key entry points to the City such as the railway station.
• “Quiet Residential Area” temporary spray to footpaths in key hotspot areas.
• Beer mats promoting the Shhh campaign going into business premises and every University college bar.
• A joint initiative by the Parish Council and the University to fund additional support for Durham Police in the form of the University’s Community Response Team during Freshers’ Week.
• A virtual campaign in conjunction with Durham BID and the University which will see the Shhh campaign go across the entire University campus.
• Promotion of the Student Pledge, which sets out what kind of behaviour the University expect from its students.
• A social media campaign by all partners promoting the key messages.
Chair of the City of Durham Parish Council Coun. Alan Doig said: “The Parish Council is absolutely delighted to be working with our partners and key stakeholders across the City in tackling a difficult and long running issue for the City. Durham is a fantastic place to live, visit and study with much to enjoy but like every University Town, it does have its issues of late night noise disturbance and it is right that we try and tackle this issue by supporting this positive, resident-led campaign with a range of activity – including a public awareness campaign and greater resources for enforcement. Our message is clear as a Parish Council: a warm welcome to everyone to come and enjoy everything that Durham City has to offer but please do so with your neighbours in mind and we can keep Durham City that wonderful place for all to enjoy”.
Alan Patrickson, chair of Durham City Safety Group, said: “Durham City is a wonderful and diverse place to live for those of all ages. Its great to see that after a tough 18 months due to the coronavirus pandemic the city’s bars, clubs and restaurants are welcoming people once again. While we want everyone to enjoy themselves, we would also ask people to be considerate of others when coming home from nights out through residential areas. Please keep this in mind so that Durham City remains a welcoming, friendly and hospitable place for all.”
A Durham University spokesperson added: “Durham University is delighted to support the Shhh campaign, which aims to build positive relationships between all members of the Durham community. As part of this and as a result of our close dialogue with community members, we are pleased to be jointly funding additional support during Welcome and Orientation Week to help pre-empt and manage any anti-social behaviour. We encourage our students to be good and considerate neighbours, and this campaign reflects that ethos”.