Dog Control Orders
The council consulted on three new Dog Control Orders proposed under current legislation. The council strives to promote responsible dog ownership, not simply through enforcement, but also through educational and awareness raising activities, partnership working with community groups and more collaborative working across the council. The powers available under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act provide a useful tool to the ongoing work of the council in seeking to address all dog related issues across the city.
The proposed Orders will mean:
- that dogs will no longer be allowed on certain land within the council area, namely play areas, MUGAs, artificial pitches, bowling greens, tennis courts and golf courses.
- the all year round exclusion applies to Kirkwoods Road Playing Fields, Lough Moss Playing Field beside MUGA, Glenmore Playing Fields and Billy Neill pitches 4, 6 & 7 (as identified in the sign below).
- access to the majority of playing fields will be restricted to 1st May to 31st August and on a small number of pitches dogs will be prohibited all year-round
- that dogs must always be kept on a lead in cemeteries, burial grounds and caravan parks in the council area.
- that in open spaces to which the public are entitled to enter, a council officer may request that a dog be placed on a lead where necessary to prevent nuisance, annoyance or disturbance to a person or other animal.