Is there still hope for Bute-only councillors?

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.

A consultation on proposals to make major changes to council ward boundaries in Argyll and Bute closes today (Thursday) - but there’s still hope that Bute might be able to retain its own councillors.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland wants to reduce the number of Argyll and Bute councillors from 36 to 33 and to make Bute part of a much larger ward, also including most of west Cowal, from 2017 onwards.

But in a separate consultation, the Scottish Government - which will take a final decision based on the Boundary Commission’s recommendations - is also asking for views on whether islands which are part of mainland local authorities should be able to have their own dedicated councillor.

That appeal for views forms part of the Scottish Government’s consultation on its Islands Bill, open until December 23.

Islands minister Derek Mackay said: “Life on our islands can be very different to living on the mainland and I am keen to ensure that people who live there have their views properly represented at a local and national level.

Click here to find out more about that consultation exercise; for more detail on this story, see the October 23 edition of The Buteman, on sale now.