It’s Methil no more in boundary review

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A LEVENMOUTH community group has hit out at the Boundary Commission for Scotland’s ‘neglect’ of the area in the creation of a new Westminster constituency.

The commission has proposed Levenmouth and the Wemyss villages become part of a new constituency encompassing, and to be called, Cupar and St Andrews.

Currently the area is split between the existing Glenrothes and North East Fife constituencies.

The Community-Led Environmental Action for Regeneration (CLEAR) organisation say the changes are “unacceptable”.

Allen Armstrong, secretary, said: “The new constituency covers the contiguous urban area of greater Levenmouth which has a combined population of 33,000 much greater than both Cupar and St Andrews even combined.

“Levenmouth, along with the East Neuk of Fife, has few links with either Cupar or St Andrews which are too small to serve the population of the wider area.

“Naming our constituency after two distant unconnected small towns is therefore not only inaccurate and misleading but also gratuitously alienating to the larger population within the boundaries of this constituency.

“We don’t mind North Fife or North Fife and Levenmouth or similar. What is totally unacceptable is `Cupar and St Andrews’ alone.”

The UK-wide boundary review was prompted by the current coalition Government to reduce the number of parliamentary seats from 650 to 600.

In Scotland, 59 constituencies will be reduced to 52, and for the first time, legislation has specified limits on the number of electors in each are approximately 80,000.

The Boundary Commission for Scotland revealed its plans to shake up Fife in October last year and held a public hearing period in November.

Over the last four weeks it has again been holding a consultation with 10 representations made on its website regarding the new Cupar and St Andrews constituency.

Those range from the naming of the new constituency to whether Levennouth and Freuchie, which is part of a new Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes constituency, should be swapped over.

That second phase is due to finish today (Wednesday) and the Boundary Commission for Scotland will now decide on any changes to be made before publishing them in the autumn.

Final recommendations will then have to be published by October 1, 2013 and the new constituencies will be used in the next general election in 2015.