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Poll: Should dogs be allowed off their leads in Belfast parks?

The public are to be consulted on dog control proposals

Published 06/05/2015

Is it time to let dogs off the leash?
Is it time to let dogs off the leash?

Dog owners and park users are to be consulted on proposals to create ‘off-lead’ areas for dogs in Belfast's parks.

Councillors have agreed to hold a public consultation on the proposals - asking people if they would like dog enclosures within parks, off-lead areas, and time zones for dogs being off-lead.

The proposal follows the pilot of an off-lead enclosure at Grove playing fields north Belfast, which has been in operation for more than a year.

A Belfast City Council spokesperson said: “We are continuing to consult and take feedback around the pilot scheme at Grove; in fact, as a result of that we are relocating the Grove enclosure to another area of the park.

"But the pilot itself has been a huge success and has proved popular with dog owners, while not impacting on other park users.

“We want our parks and open spaces to be enjoyed by everyone and while it is a requirement for dogs to be kept on leads while in our parks, we recognise that larger dogs in particular need to get proper exercise; so providing an off-lead option for dogs and their owners at other parks, based on the Grove model, is something we are keen to get views on.”

Members of the public will be updated on how they can give their views via the council website and social media channels.

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