Policies and Documents

Consultations

  • Draft Dog Control Orders Public Consultation

    Status: closed Closing Date: Monday 7 November 2022

    Council drafted these Dog Control Orders to ensure that its parks and open spaces can provide an enjoyable experience for all users.  It appreciates that the majority of dog owners and walkers have control of their dogs and clean up after them. 

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    However, due to those who fail to clean up after their dog when on our pitches this has created a bad experience for players of all ages who end up stepping or falling into dog mess.  Also, some dog owners fail to have control of their dogs in these public spaces and the Council has considered these facts in its Orders.

    This consultation was open from Monday 10 October 2022 to Monday 7 November 2022.

    Those wishing to respond to the consultation could do so in a number of ways.  They could complete the online consultation survey or fill out a hard copy at one of the following drop-in sessions:

    Pubic ‘drop in sessions’ sessions from Mid-October – 2pm to 8pm

    • Larne Town Hall - Thursday 13 October
    • Carrickfergus Civic Centre - Wednesday 19 October
    • The Braid -  20 October

    Or if they wished to submit a personalised response they could send it in writing to:

    The Enforcement Officer Team
    Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
    80 Galgorm Road
    Ballymena
    BT42 1AB 

    or email it to MEA.envhealth@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

    Mid and East Antrim Borough Council looked forward to hearing from residents, visitors and users of its green spaces.

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    EXISTING DOG CONTROL ORDERS

    NO PROPOSED AMENDMENTS

    The Fouling of Land by Dogs (Mid and East Antrim Borough Council) Order 2015

    No proposed amendments

    The Dogs on Lead by Direction (Mid and East Antrim Borough Council) Order 2015

    No proposed amendments

    The Dogs Exclusion (Carnfunnock Country Park Mid and East Antrim Borough Council) Order 2015

    No proposed amendments

    The Dogs on Leads (Peoples Park Mid and East Antrim District Council) Order 2016

    No proposed amendments

    The Dogs Exclusion ((Peoples Park Mid and East Antrim Borough Council) Order 2016

    No proposed amendments

     

    EXISTING DOG CONTROL ORDERS

    WITH PROPOSED AMENDMENTS

    The Dogs on Leads (Promenades and Cemeteries Mid and East Antrim Borough Council) Order 2015

    Proposals to amend this existing dogs on leads order as follows:

    1. Larne Promenade
      Extend existing dogs on leads to include the grassed areas and carparks in the immediate vicinity of the leisure centre. In addition, to extend the dogs on leads beyond the bollard to where the path meets the Old Glenarm Road.
    2. Carrickfergus Promenade including  Marine Highway, Harbour and Marina
      ​Extend the dogs on leads to where paths are now constructed around the Marina; to extend dogs on leads to private carparks where there are existing ‘breaks’; to include the carpark adjacent to the primary school; to include King William Pier; to include the grassed areas and carparks in the immediate vicinity of the Castle.
    3. Whitehead Promenade, incorporating Blackhead Path
      Introduce the promenade, the entirety of Blackhead Path and the carpark as dogs on leads.
    4. Memorial Parks
      To extend existing dogs on leads to Memorial Parks on council land, namely Ballymena Memorial Park, Carrickfergus Cenotaph, Whitehead Cenotaph and Larne War Memorial Park.

    The Dogs On Leads (Carnlough, Ballygally and Browns Bay Beaches Mid and East Antrim Borough Council) Order 2015

    Proposals to amend this existing dogs on leads order as follows:

    Introduce Portmuck Beach to include grassed area and the carpark as dogs on leads.

    Dog Control Order Exclusion Children's Play Parks Oct 2016

    Proposals to amend this existing dog exclusion order as follows:

    1. Legg Park Play Park
      Reflect the redevelopment of this play park by including the whole area within existing fencing to the exclusion zone.
    2. Amphitheatre Play Park
      Introduce this area, which was previously uncontrolled.
    3. Windsor Mews Play Park (Whitehead)
      Extend the existing play park area to incorporate the gaps between equipment and include surrounding grassed areas, all of which are within the play park fencing.
    4. Ahoghill Nature Park Play Park
      Reflect the development of this new play park facility as a dog exclusion area.

    The proposal also to include a future proofing clause where new play parks are introduced or existing play parks expanded then the order would apply.

     

     

    NEW DOG CONTROL ORDERS

    PROPOSALS

     

    Dog Exclusion (Playing Surfaces Mid and East Antrim Borough Council) Order 2022

     

    Proposal is to include all council owned playing surfaces (MUGAs, artificial pitches, grassed pitches, kick-about areas, bowling greens, golf courses and tennis courts) as dog exclusion areas.

    The area excluded would be shown as per the boundary on the map.

    The proposal also to include a future proofing clause where new playing surfaces are introduced or where existing playing surfaces are expanded then the order would apply.

    Dog on Leads (Ancillary Areas Mid and East Antrim Borough Council) Order 2022

    Proposal to introduce new dogs on leads for the following areas:

    1. Marine Gardens, Carrickfergus
      To include the grassed area between the café and the play park, to also include the carparks as dogs on leads.
    2. Amphitheatre Ponds and Paths
      To include the Millponds and pathways at the nature reserve; and the carpark as dogs on leads.
    3. ECOS Paths
      To include the entirety of the pathway as dogs on leads.
    4. Portglenone Marina
      To include the entirety of the Marina and carpark as dogs on leads.
    5. Ahoghill Nature Park
      With the exception of the play park (dog exclusion) to include all other areas as dogs on leads.
    6. Allotments
      To include existing allotments at Eden, Greenisland, Larne and any future allotment spaces as dogs on leads.
    7. Areas adjacent to playing surfaces (as identified)
      Where it is deemed appropriate, to have dogs on leads in areas adjacent to identified pitches.
  • Carnfunnock Country Park Consultation

    Status: closed Closing Date: Wednesday 8 June 2022

    Carnfunnock Country Park is a 191-hectare park located between Drains Bay and Ballygally, near Larne.

    It is conveniently situated on the A2 Antrim Coast Road, 3.5 miles north of Larne. The park consists of mixed woodland, gardens, walking trails, adventure play park, café, caravan park, and stunning Antrim Coast and North Channel views.

    The country park opened in July 1990 and has remained largely unchanged since then.

    Recognising the need to future-proof the park and ensure that it continues to meet changing public needs, Park Hood was engaged to complete a draft masterplan for the Park and a number of potential actions were identified in 2018.

    Some of these actions have been completed, however, the rest will require significant investment. An opportunity has arisen for Council to apply for external funding to help deliver these actions at Carnfunnock so now is the opportune time to re-engage with the public to ensure that the priorities previously identified are still valid.   
     

  • Performance Improvement Plan 2022-23 Consultation

    Status: closed Closing Date: Tuesday 24 May 2022

    The Local Government Act (NI) 2014 places a general duty on Councils to “make arrangements to secure continuous improvement in the exercise of its functions”, and includes a statutory requirement to publish a Performance Improvement Plan by 30 June each year. Within it, Council must set one or more Improvement Objectives and have appropriate arrangements in place to achieve them. 

    Our Performance Improvement Plan sets out a number of Improvement Objectives for the upcoming financial year and explains what we hope to achieve, how we plan to do it and how our citizens will be better off as a result.

    For 2022/23, Council is proposing six Improvement Objectives, and we would like to hear your views on them.

    The closing date for the consultation is 12 noon on Tuesday 24 May 2022.

    At the end of the consultation period, we will review the proposed improvement objectives in light of your feedback. 

    Should you require any further information or hard copies of the survey or the draft Plan, please contact:

    E: Performance@midandeastantrim.gov.uk