Who's paying for cats to be killed?
I've been toying with this idea for a while and was talking it over with Michelle today after the incident with the TC officer. Here's the thing - when you pay conservancy charges, they go to maintaining the estate. It goes to things that I would say the vast majority of people would need and like to see in their estate. For example the garbage being picked up, the corridors being washed and cleaned, the trees being trimmed once in a while, the lights being changed, lifts being serviced - you get the picture.
Now here comes one complainant. He or she has a problem like the complainant this morning. What does town council do? Spend the same conservancy amount and catch the cats and it doesn't even work. For example, in this case, it's quite probable that the problem has to do with a cat lured upstairs or a home cat. Trapping the community cats downstairs is not going to solve the defecation problem. In the long term moreover, removing and killing does not manage the population.
In the meantime (and I have seen this happen in other areas), the complainant is still not happy. The complainant tells the town council the problem is not solved. The officer then sends out pest control again, traps the cats again and sends more cats to be killed. Like some other officers I speak to, it doesn't matter if the problem is solved, as long as it is solved just for right NOW. Sometimes, it doesn't matter even if it is not solved at ALL, as long as the officer is seen to be doing something.
Meanwhile, who is paying for all of this? The complainant? Of course not! The complainant who may be the only person in the entire block with a problem with the cats can call repeatedly and have the cats removed without paying any extra. Instead I am assuming this money comes from conservancy funds which are collected - certainly town councils aren't paying for it out of the kindness of their hearts.
I'm pretty sure that the majority of people in TC managed estates everywhere do not want to pay for cats to be removed and killed. Why then is this money being used to satisfy (and usually in most cases it doesn't even satisfy them because the problem isn't solved) a minority of complainants? I am pretty sure if you asked the complainants even THEY don't want to have to pay for the cats to be removed - that's why you see in private estates that when residents realise they have to trap the cats themselves or pay someone to do it, that quite a few decide not do it after all.
It's a waste of money pure and simple - and I think it has to stop. TC officers need to look for solutions and not throw money away just so they can have a few days grace period from a complaining resident.
Solution? How about asking the complainant to pay? If he or she is so disturbed by the cats, why don't they pay to have them removed? Imagine that you decided you wanted a bench built just for you to sit on - no one else can share - do you think the town council would pay for that? So why is everyone being made to pay for the cats to be killed?