Council ward changes are not welcome
Local authority opposition
Three of Rutherglen and Cambuslang’s four council wards could have their boundaries changed if proposals from the Local Government Boundary Commission get the go-ahead.
Rutherglen Central and North, Cambuslang West and Cambuslang East are all earmarked for change in the proposal.
But South Lanarkshire Council are set to oppose the move, saying the proposal could see recognised communities split in two.
Although the proposed maps from the Boundary Commission have not yet been released, figures suggest the population of Rutherglen Central and North could increase from 10,0170 to 12,137.
Both Cambuslang wards would see their populations cut, from over 12,000 in Cambuslang West to 11,175 and from 11,426 in Cambuslang East to 10,361.
The proposals also suggest cutting the number of councillors covering South lanarkshire from 67 to 64, although this will not affect the local areas.
Chief executive Lindsay Freeland, told an executive committee last week that some of the proposals “are not consistent with what we would describe as ‘communities’.”
He also said they had concerns about including deprivation as a criteria in determining wards.
In a report to councillors, he said there was: “concern that revisions to ward boundaries will result in changes which will have a negative impact on area-based community planning.”
Councillor David Watson, of the SNP Group, told the meeting: “I agree with everything that’s said here.
“I’ve not got much confidence in the Boundary Commission.”
Eighteen councils have already disagreed with the proposals on councillor numbers , with just 10 supporting them.
A public consultation will take place over 12 weeks from July with councillors being encouraged to make their views known.
The proposals form part of the commission’s fifth review of local government electoral arrangements in Scotland’s 32 council areas.
Rutherglen and Cambuslang currently have 12 councillors across four constituencies, a ratio of roughly 3733 residents per councillor.
Concerns Councillor David Watson is against the proposed changes