Dog control orders to go for second consultation

Young dog protesters at Portrush.MARK JAMIESON.
Young dog protesters at Portrush.MARK JAMIESON.

Coleraine Borough Council’s Director of Environmental Services, Kieran Doherty says he is ‘cautiously optimistic’ about a second consultation on the dog control orders.

There was strong opposition when the proposals were first put out for consultation. Dog owners held a march on the West Strand beach back in April to protest at a proposal to ban dogs from the popular Portrush beach all year round.

At last Tuesday’s council meeting, members were told that amendments had been agreed by Council’s Environment Committee to each of the four orders in view of the consultation carried out by Council. Proposed amendments include reducing the periods of restriction on the West Strand beach.

Portrush councillor Christine Alexander questioned the need for a second consultation. Replying to the councillor, Mr Doherty said that because there were ‘significant changes’ to the proposals, a second consultation was required given that the orders were part of new legislation.

The amended dog control orders will be brought back to November’s meeting to be rattified by full Council.