Pro­posal could change wards

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

The bound­aries of Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang’s four coun­cil wards could be moved un­der pro­pos­als be­ing taken for­ward by the Bound­ary Com­mis­sion.

Res­i­dents in the two towns are be­ing asked for their opin­ion on the pro­pos­als dur­ing a 12-week public con­sul­ta­tion which started last week.

The big­gest change would see large parts of Burn­side be­come part of the Ruther­glen South ward.

Cur­rently, the bound­ary runs down Burn­side Road and Stonelaw Road to Grey­stone Av­enue. Un­der the new plans, the bound­ary would ex­tend east­wards to part of East Kil­bride Road and run down Hawthorn Walk. It would also af­fect parts of Calder­wood. Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North’s bound­ary could be ex­tended south­wards to in­cor­po­rate Over­toun Park.

Cam­bus­lang East would lose Vi­car­land with the new bor­der with Cam­bus­lang West ex­tend­ing as far east as the rail­way bridge on Hamil­ton Road.

Un­der the re­view, Ruther­glen South would have an elec­torate of 10,865, Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North will be 11,322, Cam­bus­lang West 11,937 and Cam­bus­lang East 11,568.

The Bound­ary Com­mis­sion say their pro­pos­als will “ad­dress forecast dis­par­i­ties” in the two Cam­bus­lang wards as well as other wards through­out the re­gion.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil had pre­vi­ously ex­pressed con­cern that the changes may lead to recog­nised com­mu­ni­ties be­ing split in two.

An al­ter­na­tive pro­posal was put for­ward by the coun­cil, which chief ex­ec­u­tive Lind­say Free­land said was “based on di­rect lo­cal knowl­edge of nat­u­ral com­mu­ni­ties and their phys­i­cal ge­o­graph­i­cal bound­aries.”

This seems to have been taken on board by the Com­mis­sion in terms of the lo­cal area, with fi­nal pro­posal match­ing South La­nark­shire’s own.

If the pro­pos­als are given the go-ahead, the over­all num­ber of South La­nark­shire coun­cil­lors could be cut. This will not af­fect the lo­cal area, but the coun­cil has slammed the sug­ges­tion.

In his last re­sponse to the com­mis­sion, chief ex­ec­u­tive Lind­say Free­land was crit­i­cal of the “in­con­sis­tent way the Com­mis­sion has han­dled the re­view,” in ref­er­ence to them in­tro­duc­ing the el­e­ment of de­pri­va­tion in de­ter­min­ing coun­cil­lor num­bers.

He said: “The Coun­cil is con­cerned that the pro­posal will re­sult in changes in elec­tor to coun­cil­lor ra­tios with a greater ad­verse im­pact on com­mu­ni­ties as a re­sult.

“The Coun­cil is fur­ther con­cerned that the way in which ward bound­aries have been re­drawn will have a neg­a­tive im­pact on are­abased com­mu­nity plan­ning.”

Both South La­nark­shire Coun­cil and the Bound­ary Com­mis­sion are urg­ing res­i­dents to get in touch and have their views on the pro­pos­als heard.

You can see the full pro­pos­als and in­for­ma­tion on the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Bound­ary Com­mis­sion web­site.

Com­ments on the pro­pos­als can be sub­mit­ted at www. con­sul­ta­tion. lgbc­scot­land.gov.uk. You can also email lgbcs@ scot­tish­bound­aries.gov.uk or phone 0131 538 7510.

The dead­line for re­sponses is Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 22 2015.

The changes may have a neg­a­tive im­pact on area plan­ning

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