Council asked to provide land for dog training club
A Castlebridge dog trainer has asked Wexford Municipal District Council for up to two acres of land for a dog training club.
Michael Hogan of Ardcolm, Castlebridge wrote to the council asking to meet with them to discuss using a piece of land owned by it as a dog training club.
In the letter he said: 'The aim of the club will be to give an outlet to all dog owners in the county to gain a good understanding of dogs, to know how dogs should behave and to improve their training.
'The club would be for everyone; the very experienced to beginners, covering all aspects of training.
'The club needs 1-2 acres including an area for parking. The training area will be securely fenced off so dogs can be trained off lead in a safe environment. In the future, as the club is more successful, we would also need a temporary lock up for equipment storage and a club house to have a social aspect to the club.'
Mr Hogan said the club would be self supporting and would not require any funding from the council. However while the members felt the dog training club was a good idea the priority for any council land should be housing and if the land were not suitable for housing they felt that the provision of allotments should be given priority.
Cllr Deirdre Wadding said that 'it's a given that housing is the absolute priority but I think that any land that isn't suitable for housing should be used for allotments. Cllr Anthony Kelly felt the members should wait to meet with Mr Hogan before making any decisions.
Director of Services Tony Larkin said the council is currently undergoing a land review which could, when complete, be examined.
Cllr Davy Hynes said that housing should be the number one priority followed by allotments if the ground were not suitable for housing. However he pointed out that land unsuitable for housing may also be unsuitable for allotments but it may suit a dog training club.