Tewkesbury 'town cat' Missy to find out her fate by the end of the month
Councillors in Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire fell out over the friendly feline who had started visiting the council offices in the High Street in the town since last summer.
Most of the staff in the office have been quite content with Missy's visits saying she "brightens up their day."
They had even set her up as a staff member on the website naming her as their 'morale officer and town cat'. But some councillors argued she posed a health and safety and security risk and wastes workers time.
Missy has been visiting the council offices in the High Street in the town since last summer
Councillor Pete Aldridge made a complaint which led to Miss Brennan requesting a special complaints panel should be set up to deal with the matter.
Miss Brennan put forward the proposal to the council's finance and staffing committee who deferred the matter but agreed that a three-member panel meeting should be set up.
The names of the members of this panel have not as yet been named but Miss Brennan has confirmed that neither she nor Mr Aldridge are on it. Following nationwide interest in Missy the cat's fate, councillors were criticised for taking what should be a minor matter so seriously and argued there are far more important things to be dealt with.
Miss Brennan called this criticism "unfair”.
”We consider many significant issues affecting Tewkesbury.”
Councillors were criticised for taking what should be a minor matter so seriously
It was just that some of them, she suggested, did not interest many members of the public.
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She also wanted to remind people that councillors do not get paid unlike the authority's staff.
If the office staff get their way, Missy will get to stay but if she is recognised as a health and safety risk and a distraction to staff she will be banned from the building.