McGrigor and Cameron urge residents to make views on council ward boundary changes known before deadline

Jamie McGrigor, Highlands & Islands Conservative MSP and his colleague, Donald Cameron, who is the Scottish Conservative Candidate for Argyll & Bute in the 2016 Scottish Election, are urging residents worried about the proposed boundary changes to wards in Argyll and Bute to make their views known before 22nd October, when the ‘consultation’ closes.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland has proposed reducing the size of Argyll and Bute Council from 36 to 33 councillors and has radically redrawn the ward boundaries. between Oban North and Lorn and Mid Argyll.

Speaking today, 16th October, Donald Cameron says: ‘I have been contacted by a number of local residents who are very strongly opposed to the commission’s proposed new council wards and believe they risk breaking up communities and districts which have traditionally been represented by the same councillor. Concerns have been expressed right across Argyll & Bute, from Bute and Cowal to Dalmally and Kilmelford.

‘I am pleased that many community councils in Argyll & Bute have already made submissions to the LGBCS setting out their opposition to the current proposals.

‘I would strongly encourage anyone who hasn’t yet done so to make their views known before the consultation closes on Thursday 22nd October.

‘It is vital that the LGBCS is aware of the strength of feeling locally on this subject if they are to revisit their proposals in the best interests of the communities of Argyll & Bute.’

Jamie McGrigor MSP says: ‘I have received a significant number of representations from constituents on the LGBCS proposals and will be writing myself to them on behalf of these people. I share the concerns of constituents that some communities could be disadvantaged by being divided from others who share common interests and transport links; and by being placed in different wards where they are far removed from the main population centres in that ward.

‘More generally, the fact that Argyll & Bute Council is due to see its numbers of councillors decrease is a reminder of the depopulation challenges facing our area and yet another prompt to policy makers at all levels of government that tackling depopulation must be a priority.

‘I led a debate on Argyll & Bute’s projected depopulation in Parliament earlier in the year and will continue to speak out about it wherever possible.’

Details of the LGBCS proposals and guidance how to make a comment on these are online here.

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  • No disrespect to the two gentlemen, but any objection from me is a waste of time on two counts:

    1. The boundary change is a rearrangement of deckchairs upon a sinking ship; Argyll & Bute is holed below the waterline as long as it’s set up the way it is and has the leadership it has.
    2.The idea commenting on such things makes a bit of difference is comfortingly naive; my experience of commenting on policy of government both national and local is that they’ve invariably made their mind up well before the ‘consultation’ period and I might as well bang my head against a brick wall. The budget ‘consultation’ we’re going through at the moment is a good example of this.

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    db October 17, 2015 10:36 pm Reply
  • Agree DB sinking ship, two years ago or maybe one year? Minds not what is was, every other council was making small cuts gradually. In A+B the council leader decided to defer he cut and continue to run at full steam. He was hoping the bad times would end and everything would be fine. It’s not ended and now he’s asking us to fill in forms making our own axes and cuts.

    This is so he can say that WE made the decision and not him, blame us all, you will not remember us being asked anything about how things might go on two years ago?

    This a leadership with no more left in the bank or any ideas to get us out.

    Let’s form a group to stop depopulation in Argyll and meet 4 times a year, it’ll make us look as if we give a thought about it. What has come out of that group Mr Sky ? Mr Walsh ?

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    MB October 18, 2015 11:36 am Reply
    • Presumably your “group to stop depopulation” would, in order to fulfill this aim, have to consist of couples who would devote your four meetings a year to coupling!

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      Alex McKay October 18, 2015 1:03 pm Reply
      • No need for drastic measures – there are plenty of refugees looking for somewhere to populate.

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        Robert Wakeham October 18, 2015 4:25 pm Reply
  • Alex,

    I was ranting about setting up a group , it’s been set up already by the council with the council leaders on the board, with the chairman from Sky as the chairman, it meets 4 times a year. That’s four dedicated days to save Argyll, do you think that will work?

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    MB October 18, 2015 7:07 pm Reply
  • Quite frankly, setting up a talking shop that meets just four times a year won’t save Argyll, not with our council leaders on the board.

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    Alex McKay October 19, 2015 1:22 pm Reply

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