Too many cats?
I just spoke with a caregiver who said that someone complained there were 'too many cats' in the area. She said there were 5 cats over two blocks. So the question is - what is too many? For some people one cat is one cat too many. In other areas, there may be 20 cats in the same area and no one is too worried - or worse, no one complains until one person moves in and starts complaining.
This does happen - there are a number of existing managed cats who have been there for years. The number has stabilised and some cats have even died. Then someone moves in and complains there are too many cats. The caregiver is bewildered as it has always been the same resident cats that have been there for years.
If you moved into an area and then complained there was an expressway near you, you can't then complain that it's too noisy and you want them to divert it from your home. Granted cats may not be a permanent fixture like the expressway - and you may not have noticed them when moving in, but in that case, maybe they AREN'T that much of a problem then. One of the volunteers has a good rule of thumb - walk around the block and see how many cats you can count in 10 minutes. That's a good rough gauge of whether there are a lot of cats there.
Also not to forget, when you move into an estate, there are things you can't control. Say you move in next to someone you don't like. You can't ask that they be removed - you just have to take the good with the bad.