Town council blues
I spent the morning speaking to an officer who called about three separate cat complaints, then speaking to one of the complainants and the volunteer.
Here's what the officer said about one of the complaints :- the complainant does not want any cats in the area and wants them all removed.
I told the officer that it's not possible, explained about the vacuum effect and asked to be allowed to speak to the complainant.
Here's what the complainant said :- She does NOT want the cats removed. The cats have been there for at least 3 or 4 years. However recently one has started defecating outside her flat and has run in on a few occasions. Her daughter is frightened of them. If the cats remain in the void deck, she has no problem with them. She also told me that the town council had come down and advised the feeder not to feed them but she told me she thinks it's futile not to feed. She says the cats will come back into the area because it is their home - if they can just be fed somewhere different (and not on the second floor where they are currently being fed - she lives on the third), and the problem is stopped she will be happy.
For another complaint the town council had, the details were very sketchy. I asked to speak to the complainant, but they had no contact details at all. How is one supposed to even report that action has been taken?
Poor volunteer said that at least they started calling. She said she spoke with her MP who was quite sympathetic and asked the town council to start letting her know before the cats are actually removed. She said she doubted they would have bothered to call her otherwise and she was so grateful to her MP.