Boundary plans would split Carrick

John Devlin 12/06/14. Bannockburn . Insight SOS. Various views of Bannockburn and surrounding area. Including statue of Robert the Bruce.
John Devlin 12/06/14. Bannockburn . Insight SOS. Various views of Bannockburn and surrounding area. Including statue of Robert the Bruce.

Proposals to redraw council boundaries in Carrick are threatening to tear the region apart.

A report by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland plans to ditch both of the current Carrick constituencies and replace it with one Girvan, Maybole and Carrick ward.

However, remarkably the commission proposes that villages like Turnberry, Maidens and Kirkoswald would no longer be considered in Carrick.

Instead they would be lumped in with another new Kyle, Coylton and North Carrick ward which could see them represented by councillors who also represent Dundonald.

Independent councillors Alec Clark and Brian Connolly have reacted furiously to the plans.

Councillor Clark said: “The plans are quite frankly ludicrous. Who can think up plans that would see the Dipple represented by the same people as those up in Dundonald.

“There has been a lot of hard workdone in terms of tourism in this area to promote Carrick and that would be lost under these plans.

“Carrick is such a vast area that these plans make no sense geographically.

“Carrick is going to be disenfranchised by this and people like King Robert the Bruce, the Earl of Carrick will be turning in their grave at this.”

Councillor Connolly said: “This proposal clearly discriminates towards those residents in the rural environment.

“Carrick has been disenfranchised by the adjustments recommended and the guide doesn’t satisfy their own guidelines.

“In a time of community empowerment, this will reduce the relationship between constituents which appears to contradict the Government’s intention.

“It’s an absolute scandal and we must make our voices heard on this.”