Residents have accused the city council of “insensitivity” – by allowing dogs or cats to be kept in their supported block of flats.
Usually, it’s seen as ‘insensitive’ not to allow them to keep a pet, isn’t it?
Gilton House, in Brislington, contains 46 flats for people over the age of 60 and provides tenants, some of whom have mobility problems or disabilities, with extra support.
Until recently, no one living there had a dog or cat and many tenants liked it that way.
Gilton House residents’ association carried out a survey and the “substantial majority” said they did not want such pets to be allowed.
So buy the block and set your own rules. If you are just tenants, why should you be the arbiters?
They invited two council officers to a meeting last week and told them of their concerns.
However, many people living there have become upset that their plea has been ignored and a new tenant has arrived with a dog.
What would you have the council do, tell an elderly or disabled person that they’d have to have their pet put down?
Residents’ association chairman Nigel Varley said: “The key point is that we think the council should have behaved with a degree of sensitivity towards the feelings of the residents. They knew what our position was and chose to ignore it.”
Welcome to everyone else’s world, folks!
The retired teacher, 64, added: “The other thing that disturbs me is that it might cause ill feeling. Gilton House is a nice place to live, with a reasonable atmosphere, but if people move in with cats and dogs it could cause tension within the block.”
Only if you decide to treat your fellow tenants with disdain, Mr Varley.
Not sure I’d want to live with you, knowing your attitude. Pet-haters are always rather suspicious, as far as I’m concerned.