Glenrothes set to lose councillor

Kinglassie could be at the centre of Boundary Commission changes if  proposals are approved
Kinglassie could be at the centre of Boundary Commission changes if proposals are approved
  • Wards could be redrawn
  • Number of councillors reduced to 75
  • Stenton reassigned to Glenrothes Central and Thornton ward

Glenrothes is set to lose one of its 11 councillors and have the boundaries of its three wards redrawn if controversial proposals are given the go-ahead.

Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland proposals, currently being considered by Fife Council, have earmarked Ward 14 Glenrothes West and Kinglassie as one of three across Fife which would lose a councillor.

If accepted, it would also be redrawn to include Cardenden.

The proposals were discussed at an all-party leaders’ group at Fife Council, but did not find favour.

Fife Council, initially, opposed the cuts.

But it has since resigned itself to the reduction of councillors to 75 as part of a previous round of consultation, with members accepting it was a fight they couldn’t win.

Now an alternative proposal to the plans on ward boundaries, which was discussed by the executive committee yesterday (Tuesday), is expected to be presented to the Commission, designed to have a less detrimental impact on the Council’s existing area committee structure.

As part of the proposals, Stenton, as well as the sparsely populated area to the west of Strathore, will be reassigned from Ward 14 to the Glenrothes Central and Thornton ward.

The move is a bid to create wards with as much parity in terms of population as possible.

Reacting to the latest proposals, Glenrothes councillor John Beare told the Gazette: “While there is a way to go before firm decisions are made in relation to revised boundaries, the clear direction of travel is the Glenrothes area will lose a councillor, as a result of population changes within Fife and the reduction in overall councillor numbers.

“The North Glenrothes, Leslie and Markinch ward does not appear to be the subject to any significant amendments but the two other wards are likely to lose a seat between them. That will have consequences for the ward boundaries and the election strategies of political parties.”

The LGBCS will now consider the Council’s response before conducting a 12-week public consultation between July and October.

Final recommendations will be made to Scottish Ministers by May 2016.