While we know that it is much easier simply to copy a letter and
send it off, your MLA is far more likely to take notice if you
write your own letter. Facts upon which you can base your letter
are detailed below but where possible PLEASE write your own
[YOUR HOUSE AND STREET NUMBER]
[INSERT NAME OF MLA]
Dear [NAME OF MLA],
Re: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment
As the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill is due for
debate in the Assembly, I am writing to ask you to support the
amendments being proposed by the Kennel Club with regard to access
for dog walkers.
The Kennel Club acts as a voice for thousands of dog owners
across the United Kingdom, and is committed to ensuring that the
new legislation in Northern Ireland enables local authorities to
effectively manage land whilst ensuring responsible dog-owners
retain crucial access to dog walking areas. Supported by its vast
expertise and experience on dog-related matters, the Kennel Club is
proposing the following amendments to the Bill:
- Introduction of a right of appeal following public
- Requirement on local authorities to consult through a variety
of channels, as well as placing public notices in local newspapers.
For instance through officer presence in areas affected by the
proposals, consultation with local dog training clubs/the Kennel
- Requirement on local authorities to specify the land to which a
dog control order will apply, in order to ensure meaningful public
consultation can take place.
- Requirement on local authorities to report access restrictions
made to DARD (or other body) to enable a record to be kept and
monitoring of restrictions.
- Requirement for authorised officers tasked with enforcing
legislation to hold or undergo training in dog behaviour enabling
them to adequately determine when to use each order.
- Clarification of the definition of 'under control', so that
members of the public, those tasked with enforcing the law have a
real understanding of what this means in practice.
I would be extremely grateful if you would support these
amendments when the Bill is debated in the Assembly. For further
information or to discuss any of these points in greater detail you
should contact Emily Jeffrey, Senior Public Affairs Officer at the
Kennel Club on 020 7518 1020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
[INSERT YOUR NAME HERE]