Will three Fife councillors face the axe?

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Plans to cut the number of councillors in Fife by three to 75 have been published by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland.

The proposal to remove a council ward would see existing ward seven, The Lochs, absorbed into surrounding wards covering west Fife and coastal villages and Cowdenbeath. It is the only ward in Scotland to disappear in the review, which will see the loss of just four councillors across the country.

At the other end of Fife, the Commission accepted the council’s suggestion that Balmerino and Bottomcraig should move into Tay Bridgehead ward.

Wards in Coaltown of Wemyss, Dunfermline, Gauldry, Glenrothes, Kelty, Milton of Balgonie, North Queensferry and Torryburn areas are also affected by the proposals which see council wards across Scotland have their boundaries changed.

Boundary Commission chairman, former Fife Council chief executive Ronnie Hinds, explained that the proposals had already been discussed with Fife Council and now: “We now want to hear from local residents, community groups and organisations,” he said.

“We have a statutory obligation to conduct reviews and we are required to ensure that the number of electors per councillor in each ward in a council area is as nearly as may be the same - but subject to that we also need to take account of local ties and the public are best placed to tell us about these,” Mr Hinds continued.

“We look forward to positive engagement with communities across Scotland over the next 12 weeks.”

The proposals are available at council offices across Fife as well as online at lgbc-scotland and Fifers have the chance to comment until October 22.

The Commission expects to make its recommendations to Scottish Ministers in 2016, with changes in place for the 2017 elections.