Posts Tagged ‘Student’

Brunel University students face housing shortage

Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 33 comments

Students at Brunel University could soon face a critical housing shortage if the council implements essential planning permission on houses in multiple occupation.

A shortfall of student houses is predicted in Uxbridge. Image via Harshil Shah, Flickr.

Since 2006 there have been over 400 complaints about HMOs in the Hillingdon area, with issues concerning anti-social behaviour and parking problems.

Currently, landlords can rent out a student house with up to six occupants without planning permission. If the council agree on implementing an Article 4 direction, which allows them to override the law, landlords will need to apply for planning permission for more than three occupants.

The council will also discuss the option of putting a limit on the amount of student properties which can be rented out in an area.

Locals claim there is still an ‘us’ and ‘them’ feeling between students and local residents, despite the council setting up a “Brunel University Liaison” group five years ago for local residents to meet and discuss any problems they have with Brunel students.

The cost of implementing such a direction will cost £6,000 alone for publicity and public notes, with ongoing council costs of £20,000 a year.

Hillingdon council will meet to discuss this issue and propose a conclusion on Thursday 3rd November.


Liquid and Envy nightclub parent enters administration

Friday, 28 October, 2011 1 comment

Luminar Leisure Ltd., the parent company of nightclub chains Oceana, Liquid & Envy, filed for administration on Wednesday.

The UK nightclub chain called in administrators because it was unable to service its debts after bankers Lloyds TSB, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland declined to extend a loan repayment deadline.

Far from striking the end note, Luminar intends to keep their 75 clubs across the UK open indefinitely. The company is keen to dispel rumours about the fate of 3,000 full-time and part-time staff across the UK.

Stephen Lynn, Head of Marketing, said: “Despite Luminar being placed in administration, Liquid on the High Street will continue to trade and provide the clubbers of Uxbridge the best night out for the foreseeable future.”

He added: “There are rumours we are trying to shut the clubs down. The clubs are open and will be trading today, this weekend, and going forward.”

Nightlife: Luminar owns 75 Oceana, Liquid and Envy clubs nationwide. Image credit .Martin., Flickr.

Philip Bowcock, Finance Director of Luminar Group Holdings, issued a statement on Wednesday, October 26 confirming that the banks will not extend their original 3-month waiver on the repayment of an £85million debt facility granted on 11th May. The original repayment deadline was Thursday 27th October.

Without the waiver, Luminar is unable to meet its repayment obligations.

The statement said: “The Directors of Luminar have no option but to take steps to place the Company and certain of its subsidiaries into administration and to request the UK Listing Authority to suspend trading in Luminar’s shares with immediate effect.”

This year Liquid Uxbridge held more student nights, including live DJs and other performers, to appeal to a younger audience. The club’s core market of 18-24 year olds have less spare cash for nights out with rising youth unemployment and less economic security, while students are paying higher tuition fees.

The company recently introduced cocktail bars by the clubs, brought in a wider range of beers and held live music and comedy events in all their venues to appeal to more mature customers, but it didn’t turn the business around. The company said the August riots had a material impact on trading and that profit margins had been squeezed with  more promotions.

Shares in Luminar Group Holdings crashed by 30% at the close of trading on Wednesday, having fallen more than 600p over the past five years.

The company issued a series of profit warnings over the past 2 years. The last came in July when Luminar had a 12% fall in like-for-like sales.

Brunel University students will be pleased to know that Liquid and Envy in Uxbridge says it has no plans to close this weekend and will be going ahead with Halloween celebrations as planned. It is not known what the future of the club beyond the weekend will be.

Foreign student accused of exam fraud

Sunday, 7 August, 2011 3 comments

A Brunel University law student has been charged with committing fraud by conspiracy in order to sit an exam for another person.

Dev Aditya is accused of sitting an exam for another person

Dev Aditya, 19, who gave his address as halls in Kingston Lane, was charged last week with the offence. He is accused of impersonating a fellow student in an English exam held on November 12th last year in order to gain a pass for the other person.

His Facebook page lists his address as Corringham Road, Golders Green; however, his bail conditions require him to surrender his passport. The law student also lists his religion as “liberal Hindu” on his page.

Aditya pleaded not guilty and will be tried at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday September 7th.

editor’s note dated 7th September 2011: we were misinformed about the details of today’s hearing. Aditya’s court appearance today is for a committal hearing, which is where the court decide whether there is sufficient evidence to try him in Crown court. If there is not, he will be discharged from court.