The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland hastoday, 25th May 2016, submitted to Scottish Ministers its recommendations on councillor numbers and wards for each of Scotland’s 32 council areas.
These recommendations arise from the 5th Reviews of Local Government Electoral Arrangements which began in February 2014.
The recommendations provide for 351 wards and 1219 councillors across Scotland, an overall decrease of 2 wards and 4 councillors relative to existing arrangements.
The majority of this decrease is to be taken by Argyll and Bue Council – with one ward and three councillors lost.
Under its recommendations, the Boundary Comission says that representation of the electorate within council areas will be more evenly shared between councillors; and that across Scotland there will be greater equity in electoral representation.
Ronnie Hinds, Chair of the Commission, says: ‘Today we have submitted to Scottish Ministers our recommendations for electoral arrangements which we believe are in the interests of effective and convenient local government across Scotland. These recommendations set out the number of councillors for each council area and the boundaries of the wards they will represent.
‘We are grateful to councils and to the public who responded to our consultations over the last two years. Their input has been invaluable in shaping our proposals and while we must take account of our obligations under the legislation and consider the interests of the whole council area, we have been able to take on board many of the views expressed.
‘The legislation which governs our reviews places equality of representation at the heart of what we do and we have delivered a set of recommendations that significantly improves electoral parity across Scotland and so provides for fairer local democracy and more effective local government.’
The section for Argyll and Bute Council is lead by the following text:
‘Argyll and Bute Council area
Oban North and Lorn is reduced from four councillors to three; and Helensburgh Central also from four to three.
This leaves the four administrative areas of Agyll and Bue now represented as follows, in alphabetical order:
• Bute and Cowal: 8 councillors
• Helensburgh & Lomond: 9 councillors
• Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands: 9 councillors
• Oban, Lorn and the Isles: 7 councillors.