Plans revealed for dedicated ‘dog parks’

FERMANAGH dog owners are being urged to have their say on plans to control where dogs are allowed to roam in Enniskillen in future, including where a new dog park should go in the town. 
Following public outrage when the Council first revealed its plans for its controversial proposed dog control orders, it will open a public consultation on its plans next Monday, September 16th so people can see what it will involve. The consultation will run until October 18th and will also include plans for where a new dog park should go. 
“The consultation will be an opportunity to highlight that it is not the intention of the dog control orders to increase the areas from which dogs are excluded, contrary to what has been inferred,” a report to the Council’s environmental services committee stated.  
“Dogs are currently not permitted in Council play areas, football pitches, mult-use game areas, artificial pitches, bowling greens or tennis courts. The proposed order will give the Council more power to take action on this with the aim of promoting responsible dog ownership to provide safe access to open spaces for all.” 
The public consultation will determine how much public support there is for building a new free dog park in Enniskillen, and has suggested a number of locations in the town to be considered. These are Henry Street, two possible sites at the Broadmeadow playing fields in Derrychara, Glassmullagh, and Racecourse Lough. 
As part of the public consultation people will be able to give their view at drop-in sessions at the Lakeland Forum in the first week in October. Times and dates to be confirmed. There will also be an online survey on the Council’s website. 
The draft orders and maps of the park areas can be viewed at Enniskillen Townhall or can be downloaded from from next Monday onwards. You can also email


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