Anger at Bute council ward change plan

Proposed new ward boundaries for Argyll and Bute would lump Bute in with all of west Cowal to the south of Strachur.
Proposed new ward boundaries for Argyll and Bute would lump Bute in with all of west Cowal to the south of Strachur.

Concern over plans to combine Bute with west Cowal in a single council ward from 2017 onwards shows no sign of going away.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland is consulting on plans which would see councillors for Bute also having to represent mainland communities including Colintraive, Glendaruel, Tighnabruaich, Portavadie, Kilfinan and Otter Ferry.

The commission wants to cut the number of Argyll and Bute Council members in line with the falling population of the area as a whole, and of Bute in particular, to make the ratio of councillors to voters roughly equal.

Bute councillor Isobel Strong told the authority’s Bute and Cowal area committee this week: “In the Western Isles the ratio of electors to councillors is, I think, eight hundred.

“We have had assurances from the islands minister that the Clyde islands will not be discriminated against in the process that is giving more power to island authorities, and I will be raising this with him.”

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