Wednesday, August 23, 2006

SMSes about Town Council roundup

Today I've been bombarded with SMSes about a town council roundup in one of the TCs. So in case everyone is wondering, yes the town council did send an email last week saying that there was an anonymous complaint and that this woman was complaining that there were a lot of cats around the bin centre. That's it. End of complaint. The town council then said they would give a week before sending in pest control.

I wrote back and said that we were not given any details so we can't DO anything. What is the problem here exactly? The caregiver was informed and she was worried and also irritated. I don't blame her because this is the area under the Dificult Property Manager. Almost all, if not all, the cats have been done according to her as well.

The caregiver has been pro-active, letting other caregivers know about it, and I believe that is how the SMSes have started.

The officer who wrote to me (not the Property Manager) called me subsequently last week and said that he had received some phone calls. He also said that he was being 'pressurised' but that one of the callers had told him to contact the caller if there were any problems and that they could not solve the situation in a week.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmmmm sounds like a bad idea to have gone bombard the officer with phone calls. What would have worked better would be letters to the press. One letter can be ignored. A few like 10 to 20 will be noticed. Irritating the officer will only result in 1 week grace turning into no grace.

23/8/06 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Letters to the press won't really help either, especially if they don't get published, however many are sent.

AND even if they are published, by the time an "official response" gets organised, the one week's grace period wld be up and the cats removed!

23/8/06 11:57 AM  
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23/8/06 12:06 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

To be fair, the rest of this town council is usually very reasonable - and it's really only one difficult officer. It would be embarassing for the restof the TC to be dragged into this as well because of one officer so I'm not sure the press is the right media for this right now.

Polite emails and calls from people who feel this should not be done may be more effective.

23/8/06 1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe to some people the problem is ... the cats themselves. Their presence. The fact that they are there. The fatc that there are "so many".

Why did the officer feel pressurised? Was he pressured by the phone calls and emails to spare the cats or by higher ups who want him to get pest ctrl in?

23/8/06 2:33 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Pressurised by the complainant to ask him to remove the cats.

23/8/06 2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why should be feel pressurised by a complainant. The complainant is not his pay master.

Just one complainant and so many cats have to die.

Don't remove the cats. Better to remove the complainant!

24/8/06 12:47 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes - it was just one complaint according to the TC.

24/8/06 12:59 AM  

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