THE PEOPLE of Fermanagh are being urged to have their say on where they will or will not be able to walk their dogs in future, before time runs out.
The Council was at the centre of a publicity storm this summer when it first announced its proposals to introduce dog control orders, which would include dog exclusion zones. A petition was set up from angry dog lovers that garnered hundreds of signatures.
Following the outcry, the Council clarified it did not intend to impose a blanket ban on dogs in public, and its control orders would only apply to around 20 percent of its open spaces, mainly outdoor sports facilities. In some other areas, the controls will require dogs to be kept on leads.
The Council then set up a public consultation process, which opened last week, and announced plans for a dog park in Enniskillen. Where this park should be is also subject to the consultation, and a number of potential sites have been singled out, such as on Henry Street or at the Broadmeadow.
Chairwoman Cllr Siobhan Currie said: “The Council is striving to achieve a balance between the interests of dog owners and the general public, taking into account the need for people, in particular children, to have access to dog-free areas and areas where dogs are kept under strict control.
“I encourage people to make their views known by attending a drop in session, completing the online survey or posting their comments to the Council.”
The next local drop in session takes place at the Lakeland Forum on Wednesday, October 2nd from 12-2pm and from 4-7pm. There will be a chance to speak with Council staff about the plans and give your feedback. You can also complete the survey online, at www.fermanaghomagh.com/consultations, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by posting your comments to Licensing Department, Strule House, 16 High Street, Omagh.
The consultation runs until October 16th.
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Posted: 5:37 pm September 25, 2019