One month left for say on ward boundaries

The Comhairle headquarters offices.
The Comhairle headquarters offices.

The public have until 22 October to have their say on proposed council ward boundaries across Scotland.

The Local Government Boundary Commission began a public consultation on its proposals for ward boundaries in Scotland’s 32 council areas on 30 July and now the Commission is restating its encouragement to members of the public, community groups, and other local bodies to look at the proposals and submit their views before the deadline.

Ronnie Hinds, Chair of the Commission, said:

“We are over half way through our consultation and have received responses from people and community groups across Scotland. We are grateful for the views received to date, particularly where alternative suggestions have been put forward.

Whether you agree with the proposals or not, we do want to hear from you so we have a full picture of local opinion.

“We have also received a number of queries about the current reviews and have published a Q&A on our website to answer some of the most common issues raised.

We hope the Q&A will help those considering the ward boundary proposals.”

Full details of the proposals and how to submit views are available online at www.consultation.lgbc-scotland.gov.uk . Paper copies are available at display points provided by Councils and listed on the Commission’s website. The Q&A is available at: www.lgbc-scotland.gov.uk/reviews/5th_electoral/01_resources/Public_Consultation_QA.pdf

The reviews will result in recommendations to Scottish Ministers for the number of councillors on each council, the number and boundaries of wards, and the number of councillors in each ward.

The Commission expects to make its recommendations to Scottish Ministers in 2016, and that the resulting wards will be available for the local government elections in May 2017.