Argyll and Bute Greens object to ward boundary changes

The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland wants to create a single council ward covering Bute and west Cowal from 2017.
The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland wants to create a single council ward covering Bute and west Cowal from 2017.

The newly formed Argyll and Bute branch of the Scottish Green Party, at a recent meeting in Dunoon, has agreed to object to proposals for new council ward boundaries.

John Finnie MSP, the Green Party’s lead candidate for the Highlands and Island’s region in the forthcoming Scottish Parliament elections, told the meeting that this “represents a democratic deficit at a time when there was a need for more local democracy, rather than less.”

The branch objects to the loss of the Cowal ward and the formation of a new Ward 8 (Lomond North), which combines communities including Glenlean, west of Dunoon, Ardlui north of the Rest and Be Thankful, and Arden at the southern end of Loch Lomond. The branch further argues that the proposed changes to the Bute and Mid-Argyll wards fail to reflect local transport links, Argyll’s unique geography and the nature of its dispersed rural communities.

Brian Spalding, co-convenor of Argyll Greens, said: “We will be making a submission to the Commission and urge people to do likewise and protest at this attack on our local democracy.”