First off, you must understand my position on this post. It has little to do with the centre itself as it was there long before I decided to move here. They do some exceptional work troubled individuals and I have the highest respect for them and what they do for our society.
However, there used to be a 6′ division between the housing estate and the secure unit. Now, there is a small black metal fence. People do not volunteer to go to St. Aubyns, so by definition should they choose to leave this must be an attractive exit now. This is a problem, because this is where we live, literally. My children play not far from this fence.
Personally, I think it is unfair to put this in view of people who cannot be as free as they would like. Seeing children playing happily when this is not possible, could become something that a guest of St. Aubyns finds frustrating. Surely, this will not help them?
I think that strategically, it is within both parties interests not to have this open environment.
These are not the ramblings of someone who does not understand or respect the great work they do at St. Aubyns. Just a concerned resident who feels that there is a privacy risk both ways. Whilst I am confident my children wouldn’t go in there, I can’t be sure others may not find it tempting.
It would have been better to have this fence finished in a way that does not encourage interest from either direction.