Published Wednesday, 30 October 2013
It is thought it will take months to catch the animals, which have been living at Queen's Parade.
But independent councillor Austen Lennon insists this will not hold up the project to revitalise the area.
"The cats are the priority here, the plans for Queen's Parade are going swimmingly," he said.
"There's no delay, although it will still be five to seven years before we see anything happening here but the cats have not held up on any development here."
But not everyone is happy to see the moggies go, local man Dennis Cassidy has been feeding the cats there for years.
"The cats actually are doing the area a good turn because without the cats the place would be crawling with rats and mice, even if you took all the cats away, probably another colony would appear," he commented.
So far Cats Protection says it has caught and neutered 10 of the cats - and is currently trying to rehome them - their work is expected to last until March.
In a statement the Department for Social Development said it had received complaints about the cats and is covering the cost of providing welfare to the animals while they are moved.
Last year Minister Nelson McCausland announced an investment of £250,000 for temporary 'artist's pods' and a new community garden.
A hotel, convention centre, homes and offices are also planned for the once-bustling terraced promenade in Co Down.
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