Belfast City Council reverses ban on dog training club
Belfast City Council has rolled over after it initially threw a dog training club out of a community centre.
The City of Belfast Dog Training Club had recently been informed that it would no longer be able to use the centre after the end of June due to concerns expressed by other users around health and safety.
The club had been operating at Braniel Community Centre in east Belfast for 15 years.
But the facility was transferred from the old Castlereagh Borough Council to Belfast City Council, which only permits guide dogs in buildings, following the local government shake-up that took effect in April.
However, the council said yesterday it had decided "the club can continue using the facility but will consider how the concerns raised can be addressed, taking into account the needs of all users".
Councillor Jim Rodgers said: "This news had caused a great deal of upset and uncertainty not only for the club, but also for those who take the classes.
"I am delighted to say that following a meeting held with Ulster Unionist Party councillors and Belfast City Council officers, the position has been reversed. These classes provide a very worthwhile service to the community and there should never have been any doubt cast over the club's future at Braniel Community Centre."