Feb 13 2014 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
A FORMER nurse has spoken of the turmoil she has gone through after her neighbours turned their family home into student accommodation.
Pauline, 55, lives in Pine Grove, Ormskirk, next to the illegally converted student home featured in The Advertiser last month.
The mother-of-two contacted us to describe how her life changed completely after students moved in next door.
Pauline said: “The estate is a peaceful and quiet one, there are lots of retired people and no students whatsoever.
“The first I heard of students moving in next door was when my neighbours of 13 years came round and told me they were moving and students were moving into the property which shocked me.
“I work as a phlebotomist now, which is very stressful, and I need my sleep to be able to do my job properly
“I also lost my husband to cancer shortly before my neighbours moved out and his death was still very raw when the students moved in.”
Three first-year boys and two other fourth- years moved into the property and began inviting their friends round for large parties that would go on into the early hours of the morning.
Pauline said: “I have a son who’s 17 and I know what boys of that age can be like.
“It’s natural when you’re a student to go a bit wild, especially when you’re a first year and I understand that but I don’t want it next door to me.
“I began to keep a diary of incidents and at least twice a week there would be some commotion that kept me awake, my 26- year-old daughter went round to talk to them one night when they were being particularly loud and tried to reason with them but they were really rude to her.
“Hallowe’en was the worst. They had a huge party and taxis were arriving until 5am in the morning. It was awful, it’s caused me so much anxiety and stress living next door, it’s been terrible.”
Pauline and other residents did some investigating and discovered that planning permission for the family home to be turned into a house of multiple occupation was not granted and informed the council.
The council have now issued an enforcement notice against the property, meaning it must return to its original use – but the landlord has appealed against the decision.
Pauline said: “I’m not against students, I sympathise with them.
“There are no winners in this dispute.”