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Campaign to reduce student noise
There have been tensions between students and families in south Belfast
There have been tensions between students and families
Queen's Students' Union has launched a campaign to encourage students to reduce late night noise levels.

The SSHH Campaign - which stands for Silent Students, Happy Homes - is the latest in a series of initiatives.

It is aimed at promoting good relations in the university area of Belfast. There have been ongoing tensions in the Holy Land area of the city.

The campaign includes offering students lollipops to suck to keep them quiet on the way home from a night in the bar.

Students' union officers hope sucking a lolly will stop any rowdiness or noise which annoys neighbours in the student area.

The campaign is the latest initiative involving the students' union, Queen's University and Belfast City Council.

Students' union vice-president Michael Forde said they were trying a number of approaches to help promote better relations between students and local residents.

"This is a campaign which has been launched in English students' unions," he said.

Respect

"The campaign tries to get across the message of respecting your community, keeping noise levels down at night and keeping your street litter-free.

"We really want to make the students feel part of the community and to respect the community they are involved with."

Lord Mayor of Belfast Pat McCarthy, SDLP, helped unveil the campaign which is being supported by the Get Home Safe Partnership, an initiative aimed at ensuring that people arrive home safely and take care of themselves when they are out at night time in the city.

"Promoting Good Relations is a key objective of Belfast City Council and therefore I congratulate Queen's Students' Union and the Get Home Safe partnership on the launch of the SSHH! Campaign.

"Both Get Home Safe and Queen's Students' Union are endeavouring to develop a vibrant, safe and attractive night-time environment in Belfast," he said.

"The Students' Union at Queen's is to be commended on taking the initiative to ensure that while looking after their members, they are simultaneously ensuring they make the smallest possible disturbance late at night to the local residential community."

Mr McCarthy said he had seen how student volunteering made an important impact on the city's community life. He said he felt sure that the new campaign would be "another positive contribution".




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