TWO SAVAGE beatings in 24 hours could be seen as the last straw.
Certainly they were the catalyst for a special meeting called by Cowley Community Residents' Association (CCRA), which came into being this year, formed by locals concerned at some of the fallout of living cheek-by-jowl with the ever-expanding Brunel University.
At last Thursday night's meeting, people living near the campus grilled representatives of the university, Hillingdon Council and the Metropolitan Police about everything from noise and anti-social behaviour to parking.
Although the meeting at St Laurence Primary School was spurred by the attacks in Cleveland Road in October, familiar issues soon came to the fore.
Residents of Buchan Close, Cowley, have again found themselves unable to use their road because of parked cars.
Paul O'Brien, 34, said: "The road is used by students as a car park, and they climb through a gap in the fence to get to campus.
"We have tried everything, including putting letters on windscreens, and the council do not want to know because it is a private estate.
"Dustmen can't get down
here, and emergency vehicles would also struggle. It is a real risk. Not being able to leave your own road to drive your daughter to school is a joke."
Brunel housing officer Geraldine Jackson was sympathetic. She said there was room for more parking on the campus but the university had been unable to provide extra spaces because of restrictions placed on it.
However, the university authorities were again intending to apply for more parking.
Parking is a continual bugbear - due to a vicious circle in which growing universities offer more places to ever more students.
Many of today's students own a car and need somewhere
to park it. Local roads - at least those not covered by residents-only parking schemes - quickly become free-for-all car parks for those who cannot get a space on campus.
Noise from students was another grievance aired last Thursday. There is the problem of living near a student house, but at least that problem is static.
A trickier problem is that of 'passing noise' - usually just after the bars and nightclubs have shut.
Elizabeth Isakpa, Brunel's community liaison officer, said: "In a lot of situations it is about education." In most cases, students understood the situation and learned from it, she added.
Uxbridge police have mounted operations during 'chucking out time' at The Academy, the Brunel Student Union nightclub.
They have asked students to keep the noise down and warned them of the consequences if they continue to be a nuisance.
But the noise caused by students leaving campus late at night remains a tough nut to crack.
Following the meeting, an association committee member commented: "People got a lot out of what they are concerned about aired. What constructive things will come out of it, I don't know."