From this Friday dog walkers in Newtownabbey will no longer be allowed to walk dogs in any children's play areas, playing fields, recreation grounds, bowling greens, tennis courts, or other specified land owned or maintained by Newtownabbey Borough Council.
Following a public consultation, this Dog Control Order (DCO) comes into force on February 1. Any person found breaching a Dog Control Order can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of -pound;80 or may be prosecuted.
Garth Fenning, Principal Environmental Health Officer explained the reasoning behind the new legislation: "This Dog Control Order comes into force following consultation with our residents and is designed to make our play areas and recreation grounds a more enjoyable space for everyone," he said.
"We are asking dog owners to be responsible and our Dog Wardens and Park wardens will be on the ground to make sure all dog owners are aware the new Dog Order," he added.
From Friday, dogs will be excluded from the following 21 areas: Abbeyglen play area; Anderson Park play area; Ballyclare War Memorial Park play area; Ballyduff play area and multisports facility; Ballyduff Community Centre; Ballynure War Memorial Park play area; Bawnmore Park play area; Bawnmore Small play area and multi-use games area; Burnside River Park play area; Erskine Park play area; Foundry Lane, Ballyclare, Playing Fields; Glengormley (Lillian Bland) Park play area, tennis courts, bowling green and playing fields; Grange Estate play area; Hazelbank Park play area and bowling green; Loughshore Park play area and children's maze; Kings Park play area; Mallusk Play Area; Monsktown lay area, community centre and football pitch; Mossley Mill Theatre, green area; Mossley Recreation Grounds play area, tennis courts, football pitches and bowling green; New Mossley play area.
An additional Dog Control Order for the borough is proposed and is open to consultation at present. This order relates to dogs being kept on leads in certain areas.
Newtownabbey council say they would welcome public views and opinions on the proposal -ndash; these should be submitted in writing before February 7, 2013.
Following the consultation period, the council will decide the final designation of land to be affected by DCO's.
For further information on the Dog Control Orders, please visit: www.newtownabbey.gov.uk/dogs or call:028 9034 0161.