Ar­ran gets own ward but faces loss of coun­cil­lor

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North Ayrshire Coun­cil has warned Ar­ran could have less rep­re­sen­ta­tion than at present af­ter the his­toric Is­lands Bill was passed last week, writes Hugh Boag.

For while the is­land will now be able to have its own ward, it will con­sist of only one elected mem­ber – one fewer than the two who the live on the is­land now, al­though they also rep­re­sent Ar­drossan.

The coun­cil was con­test­ing the equity rule – which orig­i­nates back to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (Scot­land) Act 1973 – and re­quires there to be the same num­ber of vot­ers per coun­cil­lor across an in­di­vid­ual lo­cal author­ity area.

Coun­cil­lor Cul­li­nane said: ‘We’re very dis­ap­pointed that they are not amend­ing the par­ity pol­icy. This is wrong – a one-size-fits-all pol­icy should not ap­ply to North Ayrshire.

‘How can they ap­ply the same rules to Ar­ran and Cum­brae to the rest of North Ayrshire? The num­ber of elec­torate to coun­cil­lors should be weighted dif­fer­ently.’

Ar­ran has a 2017 elec­toral role of 3,878 and forms part of the three-mem­ber Ar­drossan and Ar­ran Ward.

A ra­tio is set for each lo­cal author­ity, which for North Ayrshire, is 3,000 vot­ers per mem­ber.

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