Monday 24 July 2006 11.27am
I think people on both sides of this issue are being a bit harsh on each other.
If you support the work of the Manna centre, and believe it is a good idea to have such a service in the community, that does not mean that other people are snobs because they feel upset and intimated by the behaviour they experience.
Is it possible that people who frequenty walk past and experience no problems, are walking past at different times than those who do find it problematic? Maybe those who live beside it have had their tolerance eroded through over-exposure rather than concern for their property prices.
I have no idea whether there's problems or not, because I've never walked past the Manna centre when its open, to my knowledge. I was humbled to read the website and reading the list of sought-after items made me feel hollow to think of how I consider an excess of some these items a chore to dispose of from my own home (and workplace - clear out those mug cupboards and donate!). But I do have sympathy for those who feel that a small number of people are allowed to indulge in anti-social behaviour. Its all about Balance
I supose. I don't want to close down the local pubs because I'm subjected to noise, but I would if people started smashing windows in. We all have different points at which we "crack" and I'm guessing that first post was written when angry. Maybe Maeve could talk to the Manna centre staff about the problem, and try to spot if its worse at any particular time (dole day/after a social event) and see if the problem can be ameliorated.
We are only ever moving around people whose behaviour we find objectionable - homeless alcoholics, bored teenagers, SUV drivers whatever. I like the idea that the Manna centre is helping people but they have to move with times too and acknowledge that they are now in a residential area, rather than having first claim. (I'm sure they do acknowledge that actually).