Calls for dog park in Larne

Calls for dog park in Larne.
Calls for dog park in Larne.

Dog owners in Larne are calling on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to provide a safe place for exercising their four-legged friends.

The campaign was established by local woman Julie Neeson with the aim of securing an enclosed park for dogs to socialise and interact off-lead.

The issue has already generated a significant amount of interest online, with many expressing support for such a facility on the Facebook page ‘Larne Dog Park’.

Julie told the Larne Times: “I approached the council about setting up a dog park in Larne; I was told that there had already been extensive public consultation on it and that there was no interest. But since I set up the Facebook page, there have been over 200 people who have commented and said it’s something they’d like to see.”

Responding, a spokesperson for Mid and East Antrim Council said that the local authority “have no immediate plans to deliver a dog park”.

“However, the Development Team are always interested in speaking to individuals who might be interested in such development opportunities within our parks and open spaces and if a dog park was proposed we would consult with the local community,” the spokesperson added.

“Dog parks, like dogs themselves, come in all different shapes and sizes. At a bare minimum, they are large fenced-in areas, with a double-gated area to ensure that dogs don’t escape when people are coming and going. Other key considerations relating to the safety of the animals would include setting a recommendation on the maximum number of dogs permitted in any park and access to clean drinking water for the animals.”