Responsible dog owners need your support

Dog on beach
Dog on beach

Coleraine Borough Council is proposing to introduce a number of dog control orders which, if passed, will be severely detrimental for all responsible dog owners and their canine companions.

Plans proposed include a complete ban of dogs in the Council’s play parks, public spaces and open areas, and limited access (prohibited from 1st June to 15th September) on the West Strand, East Strand and Arcadia, Whiterocks, Castlerock, Downhill, Salmon Rock and West Bay beaches.

 Countryside Alliance Ireland raised concerns about the potential for local councils to abuse their authority when we submitted our response to the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (NI) 2011.

The fact our concern has now come to fruition with these proposals does not give us any satisfaction; it merely serves to anger and alienate diligent dog owners.

 Where one Council leads, others will follow and action must be taken to ensure 
responsible owners and 
dogs alike have their voices heard.

 Coleraine Borough Council is currently holding a 2nd stage public consultation on these proposals.

Comments can be emailed to or posted before 12th February 2014. To access the consultation – or

 In addition, residents may contact their local councillors to urge them to act sensibly. If you log on to the ‘write to them’ website - and input your postcode, you are given a list of your local representatives and can simply email them.

New chairman for CAI

CAI is pleased to announce that John Clarke has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI).

John, a previous member of the CAI board between 2004 and 2010, has a passion for the countryside and the preservation of the rural way of life. 

He has been a keen shooting enthusiast for over 40 years and is a member of several shooting syndicates as well as participating in rough shooting and wildfowling.

John, who lives in County Armagh, is a civil engineer and he recently retired as a director of Farrans Construction after a long and successful career in the construction industry. 

He succeeds Peter Bacon who recently stepped down.