Campaign aims to quiet streets

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Shush campaign logo sprayed in pink upon the pavement on Carholme Road (Picture: Gregor Smith)

The Shush campaign logo has been sprayed on major streets leading from the University and city centre into the West End (Photo: Gregor Smith)

The Shush campaign hopes to tackle the issue of noise in the evening hours on the streets of Lincoln and to create a closer knit community.

The Shush campaign was led by organisations throughout Lincoln including City of Lincoln Council, West End Residents’ Association, Lincoln BIG, Lincolnshire Police, the University of Lincoln, Lincoln Students’ Union, Bishop Grosseteste University and its SU.

Wade Baverstock, VP Welfare and Community at Lincoln SU, is continuing the three year old Shush campaign (Photo: Gregor Smith)

Wade Baverstock, VP Welfare and Community at Lincoln SU, is continuing the three year old Shush campaign
(Photo: Gregor Smith)

The campaign doesn’t necessarily target students, who have often been blamed for sound levels.

“It’s aimed at everyone so nobody feels singled out,” said Wade Baverstock, VP Welfare and Community at Lincoln SU.

The campaign isn’t just to control the sound in the neighbourhood though; it’s about getting the community talking about the issue, one that has been most prevalent in the West End.

“People are not always aware of their own noise volume. It’s about creating that awareness by talking about it.

“It’s a starting point for some of the bigger community cohesion.”

The SU hopes that it’ll get students more involved in other community events throughout the year, like the Meet the Streets events, allowing students and residents to meet and befriend one another in the West End, Park Ward and Abbey Ward.

“I personally think it’s a good idea,” said Grace Richards, Carholme Rep for the University of Lincoln Students’ Union.

“Unfortunately, the spray paint only lasts for six to eight weeks, so it’s not going to be there forever. In combination with the signage, I think it can make a difference.”

Freshers’ Week is when noise is a frequent occurrence every night. Students are enjoying the week’s activities without deadlines or coursework.

Wade hopes there will be a change from last year Freshers’ Week: “I hope Freshers’ Week is better.

“Anecdotally, I’ve heard the campaign has had a positive effect. Essentially, it’s making a better home for everyone.”