The Tyranny Of The Majority?

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.

8 comments for “The Tyranny Of The Majority?

  1. April 18, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Much depends on whether there was a no pets rule in force which the new tennant should have been aware of. Many blocks of flats have such a rule.

  2. amfortas
    April 18, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Er… how else do we try to live with others around us? It seems that the residents had a sort of common agreement and no differences of opinion or desire were mentioned.

    I can see the ‘sensitivity’ issue, but the passing of responsibility to the Council seems a bit of an evasion. There also seems to be some insensitivity on the residents’ side too.

    Even with ‘common agreement’ the introduction of a bit of variety might be helpful for the residents. Perhaps the Council should send a skinhead or a goth. Old ones of course. An old Emo, perhaps? 🙂

  3. Nick
    April 18, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    No one complains about a Newfoundland. It’s impossible – arguments fizzle out when he walks into the room. When that giant head and those gormless eyes settle on you you stop bothering about anything else and realise that this furry, hair shedding, dribbling, incontient mountain of fur is a better person than most people.

    Frankly, these old dears should realise that they’re irrelevant and start to damned well grow the flip up.

    • David A. Evans
      April 18, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      Don’t talk to me about Newfoundlands.
      A friend of mine lodged with a woman who had one.
      The first thing you did on entering was lodge yourself against the door, otherwise you would be on the floor!

    • ivan
      April 18, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Mine is the best scrounger in the village. There are even people that arrive on holiday that we meet on our daily walks that somehow have something for him the next time we meet.

      I do agree with your description except for the incontient part but you did miss the demanding, especially if he is a black and white.

  4. Mudplugger
    April 18, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    If they were smart, they’d have first moved in a blind tenant with a guide-dog – no-one would ever dare object to a guide-dog and be publicly labelled a heartless, insensitive bastard.

    Once the taboo had thus been broken, then the full menagerie could easily follow: goldfish, tortoise, giraffe, three-toed sloth, wildebeest…..where does it end ?

  5. Furor Teutonicus
    April 19, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Na. “Old peoples residence”. Now, as far as I have been led to believe, a house pet can work WONDERS against things like Alzheimers, and other age specific problems.

    In fact many of our OPs homes here ENCOURAGE a house pet.

    So long as they are capable of looking after them, then…. GREAT!

  6. Greg Tingey
    April 22, 2013 at 8:27 am

    My long-decesed Borzoi (who slept with our then stray kitten on top of her) would pin you to the wall & give you a good licking ….

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