The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland has begun its public consultation on proposed electoral wards for each council area as part of the Fifth Reviews of Electoral Arrangements. Its proposals contain recommendations for councillor numbers in each of Scotland’s 32 council areas and the number, boundaries and names of wards.
The commission’s proposals for Aberdeenshire are to increase the number of councillors from 68 to 70 and specifically for Turriff and District Ward this means the multi member ward could change from 3 to 4 councillors
Ronnie Hinds, Chair of the Commission, said
Consultation is a vital part of our work and having completed our consultation with councils, and amended a number of our proposals in the light of these, we now want to hear from local residents, community groups and organisations.
We have a statutory obligation to conduct reviews and we are required to ensure that the number of electors per councillor in each ward in a council area is as nearly as may be the same – but subject to that we also need to take account of local ties and the public are best placed to tell us about these.
We look forward to positive engagement with communities across Scotland over the next 12 weeks and have today launched our consultation portal which will allow people to see our proposals and submit their comments to us online including suggested revisions to the maps setting out ward boundaries. Paper copies of our proposals are available at display points across council areas.
The LGBCS proposals for the Aberdeenshire Council area are
- improve overall forecast parity;
- address forecast disparities in ward 2 (Troup) and ward 12 (East Garioch);
- increase the number of councillors in ward 7 Turiff and District by 1 and increase the number of councillors in ward 12 (East Garioch) by 1;
- make changes to ward boundaries by Kirkton of Maryculter, Methlick and near Aberchirder and Kemnay;
- make no changes to wards 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 19; and
- make no changes to the existing ward names.
Councillor Alisan Norrie told My Turriff
I personally don’t think there is a requirement for an additional councillor in Ward 7 – however there are evenings when it might be useful to have another person to cover meetings.
When reviewing electoral arrangements the Commission is required to take account of the following factors:
the interests of effective and convenient local government;
within each council, each councillor should represent the same number of electors as nearly as may be;
local ties which would be broken by making a particular boundary;
the desirability of fixing boundaries that are easily identifiable; and
special geographical considerations.
Information about the proposed changes to Turriff and District Ward are available for members of the public to view at Towie House and the Service Point in Ellon. You can read more and respond to the consultation by visiting https://www.consultation.lgbc-scotland.gov.uk/ before 22 October 2015.