Arran gets own ward but faces loss of councillor
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.