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Consultation open on proposed boundary changes

Posted on 20 Oct 2017


Major changes are on the way which are likely to see constituency boundaries redrawn for the UK Parliamentary Elections.

Consultation has opened on the proposals and North Ayrshire residents are encouraged to have their say.

For the most recent UK Parliamentary Election, held in June this year, residents in North Ayrshire were either in the North Ayrshire and Arran constituency or the Central Ayrshire constituency.

Following earlier consultation, the Boundary Commission has now published its revised proposals.

The proposals put forward are for two new constituencies in North Ayrshire:

  • Arran and Cunninghame, which would cover Irvine, Kilwinning, Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston, Dalry, Barrmill, and the Isle of Arran.

  • Renfrewshire West, which would see West Kilbride, Fairlie, Largs, Skelmorlie, Kilbirnie, Beith and the Isle of Cumbrae form part of the same constituency as towns and villages from Renfrewshire including Johnstone, Linwood, Howwood and Lochwinnoch as well as parts of Paisley.

North Ayrshire’s Returning Officer Elma Murray is urging people to have their say on the proposals.

Elma said: “I think this consultation is particularly important for our residents who are currently part of the North Ayrshire and Arran constituency but will find themselves part of the proposed Renfrewshire West constituency.

“I will be making the case to the Boundary Commission that the Ayrshire towns and villages must be represented in the name of the constituency, perhaps Renfrewshire West and North Cunninghame.

“I strongly believe that the name of the constituency must be one which the voters can relate to and the proposed name does not achieve that.

“I hope residents take the time to visit the Boundary Commission’s website to offer their views.”

You can view and comment on the Boundary Commission proposals online at www.bcs2018.org.uk/ and the consultation will run until 11 December 2017.

Arrangements are also being made to display the proposals in North Ayrshire libraries.