Commission re-draws ward electorate lines

JP License'' Collapsed boundary wall at Inch Public Park, right next to a busy main road, Old Dalkeith Road, opposite the entrance to Craigmillar cemetery.'' Neil Hanna Photography'www.neilhannaphotography.co.uk'07702 246823
JP License'' Collapsed boundary wall at Inch Public Park, right next to a busy main road, Old Dalkeith Road, opposite the entrance to Craigmillar cemetery.'' Neil Hanna Photography'www.neilhannaphotography.co.uk'07702 246823

The Local Government Boundary Commission (LGBCS) has published its proposals for East Ren’s ward boundary with a public consultation closing date of Thursday, October 22.

The proposals can be inspected online at: www.lgbc-scotland.gov.uk or at a number of display points located in council buildings and public libraries throughout the area.

The commission has said that all comments will be published for public scrutiny.

East Renfrewshire council are keen for residents and businesses to have their say on what may become a contentious issue.

A 12-week consultation is taking place to gain residents’ views on council ward boundaries. In East Renfrewshire, the review is proposing to change some boundaries, which will reduce the number of wards in the area by one, from six to five.

The commission is also proposing to reduce councillor numbers by two, from 20 to 18.

It wants to link Uplawmoor with Barrhead; Eaglesham with Newton Mearns; include the planned Hillfield development in a ward with Newton Mearns; adopt the M77 and railway lines as easily identifiable boundaries; and avoid any new division of settlements between wards.

There would be two wards with three elected members and three with four councillors. The plans are also available to view at the main council offices in Eastwood Park and Barrhead Main Street.

The LGBCS recommendations will be put to Scottish ministers by next May, and they will be implemented in time for the next council elections, in May 2017.

An electoral review of each local authority in Scotland must be carried out at intervals of between eight to 12 years.

Comments on the proposals can be submitted by using the comments facility on the LGBCS website www.consultation.lgbc-scotland.gov.uk, by email to lgbcs@scottishboundaries.gov.uk.

Alternatively, comments or objections can also be made in writing. Post your views to Thistle Hotel, 91 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 5HD.