Monday, May 26, 2008
Taking The Puss
Our "respected" local councils are up to no good again, as Joy Tracey from Denton found to her cost recently.
Joy recently found a stray ginger cat, who she called Copper, and tried to reunite him with his owners.
Having visited local cat homes and advertising in the local paper, to no avail, she decided to put posters up on lampposts.
Can you guess what happened next?
Yes, that's right, two "council patrollers" from the town hall's neighbourhood task force left messages on her phone ordering her to take them down.
"They said I had to go round and take them all down or face a heavy fine.
It makes me feel angry. If it was a scruffy poster I wouldn't mind, but it's been really neatly done. I just want to get this poor cat home. I'd had no response and he's such a loving cat."
Under Nanny's rules anyone who wants to put posters on lampposts must apply in writing to council highways engineers for permission, at least 28 days in advance.
Fair enough for fly posters etc. However, surely a little bit of commonsense could have been exercised here and the "approval" granted "after the fact"?
Unfortunately, Nanny does not possess commonsense.
A spokesman for Tameside council said:
"We understand the distress when pets go missing.
However we have to reflect and act upon community concerns such as flyposting."
The old "following orders" excuse!
FYI, all the fuss did have one good outcome; Copper's owners read about it, and were reunited with him.
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