Plea to Kinross-shire residents over ward boundaries

The community of Glenfarg would be moved - administratively at least - from Kinross-shire to Almond and Earn
The community of Glenfarg would be moved - administratively at least - from Kinross-shire to Almond and Earn

People in Kinross-shire are being urged to make an eleventh hour stand against proposals which, it’s claimed, would ‘tear the county apart.’

The Local Boundary Commission Scotland is carrying out a review of local ward boundaries and proposes to re-define Kinross-shire’s administrative area by moving a significant chunk into the Almond and Earn ward, reducing the number of councillors from four to three in the process.

But the plans have come in for criticism and local residents are being encouraged to get behind a campaign to try to persuade the commission to reconsider before the deadline for comments in a few days’ time.

Independent Councillor Dave Cuthbert says the proposal splits the Milnathort Community Council area in half and cuts through communities such as Meikle Seggie and Craigow - so residents on one side of the road would be in one ward, while those on the other side would be in another.

He says that the proposed boundary follows a ‘zig zag’ route over fields, making it hard to identify, and has told the Boundary Commission that he believes it breaches legislation that calls for boundaries to be ‘easily identifiable’. Kinross-shire would also lose Glenfarg, whose primary school, Arngask, feeds into Kinross High School.

The deadline for comments is October 22. For more information, visit www.consultation.lgbc-scotland.gov.uk