Bound­ary changes slammed by pub­lic

The Oban Times - - News -

‘A RE­DUC­TION in MPs will have a di­rect im­pact on the pop­u­la­tion of Lochaber.’

That was the mes­sage from the Kil­mallie Com­mu­nity Coun­cil’s pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on bound­ary changes.

Un­der the cur­rent pro­pos­als, Lochaber would be split, with Cor­pach, Tomonie and Banavie in the new In­ver­ness and Skye con­stituency, while Fort Wil­liam, In­ver­lochy, Caol, Ca­m­aghael, Glen­finnan and Mal­laig would be­come part of the Ar­gyll, Bute and Lochaber con­stituency.

A spokesper­son for the com­mu­nity coun­cil said: ‘Com­mu­ni­ties would be sev­ered with no re­gard to her­itage, cus­toms, tra­di­tion or, for that mat­ter, com­mon sense.

‘Per­sonal con­tact with your MP is likely to be­come more dif­fi­cult due to the dis­tances and dif­fi­culty of mov­ing around the con­stituency, par­tic­u­larly in the win­ter. Re­mote govern­ment is likely to be­come re­moter.’

More than 30 peo­ple at­tended the event, with al­most all were un­happy with the plans.

‘How much will this cost? Does this leave us on the pe­riph­ery again? Has any­one in­volved in th­ese pro­pos­als ac­tu­ally vis­ited the area?’ were just some of the con­cerns raised at the meet­ing.

The ma­jor point of con­cern was that the area from Fort Wil­liam to Cor­pach would have dif­fer­ent MPs.

There was also con­cern that much of Lochaber, in­clud­ing Kil­mallie, would no longer be within a con­stituency with Lochaber in its name.

Kil­mallie Com­mu­nity Coun­cil is urg­ing vot­ers to con­tact the Bound­ary Com­mis­sion Scot­land and con­trib­ute to the dis­cus­sion on th­ese pro­pos­als. Sub­mis­sions must be re­ceived by Jan­uary 11.

Com­ments can be made at the con­sul­ta­tion por­tal at www. bcs2018.org.uk. Al­ter­na­tively by email to com­ments@scot­tish­bound­aries.gov.uk or write to Bound­ary Com­mis­sion Scot­land, This­tle House, 91 Hay­mar­ket Ter­race, Ed­in­burgh, EH12 5HD.

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