Coleraine Borough Council has passed new Dog Control Orders which came into effect on 1st March 2015 under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (NI) 2011 in a bid to deal more effectively with irresponsible dog ownership.
The Orders will provide Council’s Dog Wardens with additional controls to support them dealing more effectively with a number of issues. These include dog fouling, nuisance dogs and the protection of children and individuals using public facilities and spaces throughout the Borough.
Catherine McNally, Senior Environmental Health Officer at Coleraine Borough Council commented, “Following increasing reports of problems caused by dogs and those in charge of them, including dog fouling incidents in a number of public areas throughout the Borough, Council has introduced these new dog orders with an aim to combat irresponsible dog ownership.
“The new orders include; ‘The Fouling of Land by Dogs Order’, ‘The Dogs on Leads by Direction Order’, ‘The Dogs on Leads Order’ and ‘The Dogs Exclusion Order’. Council Wardens will specifically target areas such as playing fields and sports grounds where there are large numbers of children and issues of dog fouling is problematic.
“This is a huge project and the installation of signage is being phased. Phase 1: This includes Play Parks, Council managed playing fields, MUGA’s, cemeteries and burial grounds in the Triangle area. To assist the public there is an interactive colour coded map on the Council website: red highlights the areas where dogs are not allowed and amber where they should be on a lead.”
“Residents should be aware of the penalty for committing an offence contained in a dog control order. This is a maximum fine of level 3 on the standard scale, which is currently £1,000. Alternatively, a fixed penalty of £80 may be offered as an alternative measure to prosecution.”
For further details on the Dog Control Orders visit Coleraine Borough Councils website www.colerainebc.gov.uk or telephone Council’s Dog Warden Service on 028 70347171.