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County’s first dedicated dog park given the green light

THE plans for a new dog park in Enniskillen has been agreed by the Council.
A meeting of the environmental services committee voted to approve the requirement for a free dog play park in Henry Street Enniskillen on Council owned property.
The recommendation comes following a consultation undertaken by the Council on proposed dog parks and dog control orders.
The outcome of the consultation has now been published.
A slight majority of 51 percent of respondents are in favour of the introduction of a proposed free dog park where owners can exercise their dog without undue restriction.
Council director of environment, Kevin O’Gara remarked that the responses were in general “very supportive” of dedicated dog parks.
The consultation also explored the introduction of dog exclusion zones in areas including play parks, multi-use game areas, playing fields etc.
Three recommendations were brought before the Council; the free dog play park, dog exclusion zones and the requirement for dogs to be on leads in certain areas. These requirements will come into force in April 2020.
The recommendations were formally proposed by Councillor Tommy Maguire who said he was delighted to see such a positive response to the consultation, while Cllr Donal O’Cofaigh said he would “wholeheartedly support” the development of a dog park.
The report from the environmental committee will now be brought before the full Council before formal adoption.

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