A council is meeting after a fall out on whether they should keep the office cat
Officials at Tewkesbury Town Council in Gloucestershire need to have a formal process to debate whether the moggy stays following a row.
Missy the stray cat has been visiting the councillors at their town hall office most days since last summer,
Missy's owner lives nearby and says she has no problem with her cat's frequent visits to the town hall.
But now Town Mayor Karen Brennan is calling for a special panel to be set up to address whether Missy should be allowed to continue freely visiting the council.
The issue is due to be discussed on Thursday night by the council's finance and staffing committee.
Miss Brennan said, "An office is somewhere for business to be transacted and we don't need a cat around – there are issues of health and safety, insurance, security."
Town Mayor Karen Brennan is calling for a special panel to be set up
An office is somewhere for business to be transacted and we don't need a cat around
The Mayor raised the issue of visitors to the office being affected if they have cat allergies, and also questioned whether staff should be spending time with the cat rather than doing their jobs.
Town clerk Helen Railton-Price said the cat's presence is good for morale, but Miss Brennan said she could not see how the smell of cat food and the job of cleaning her bowl was conducive to good morale.
She said she has tried to handle the matter informally but now has to follow a set procedure due to a complaint being lodged.
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Missy's owner lives nearby and says she has no problem with her cat's frequent visits
One councillor, who wished to remain unnamed, said the whole thing was "nuts".
He said, "The council should have better things to do. There are so many things we should be doing."
Supporters of Missy argue that former town clerks Major Mike Wilson and Pauline Clerk, and former Mayor John Badham, were all allowed to bring their dogs into the offices.