Deadline looms on ward boundary change plans

The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland has proposed new ward boundaries which would lump Bute in with all of west Cowal to the south of Strachur.
The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland has proposed new ward boundaries which would lump Bute in with all of west Cowal to the south of Strachur.

Time is running out to have your say on plans for a major re-drawing of council wards which would see Bute lumped in with a large swathe of the Cowal peninsula.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland wants to create a single ward from 2017 onwards which would cover all of western Cowal - including Colintraive, Glendaruel, Tighnabruaich, Portavadie and more, to a point almost as far north as Strachur - as well as Bute.

The deadline for members of the public to comment on the plans is this Thursday, October 22.

Opponents say the plans could leave communities in Cowal under-represented because of Bute’s much larger population.

Bute Community Council and Argyll and Bute Council have already made known their opposition to the proposals

The commission’s proposals - which affect almost every part of Argyll and Bute - would also see the total number of councillors in the area reduced from 36 to 33.

To view the proposals in detail, and to add your comments, click here.