Reduction in South Ayrshire councillors is recommended

By the time of the next council elections in South Ayrshire, voters might well be voting to elect three fewer members than they did last time.

That’s because a recommendation by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland suggests that the number of councillors to represent South Ayrshire be reduced from 30 to 27.

The findings are part of the boundary commission’s fifth review into electoral arrangements which began in February of this year when they met with each of the 32 local authorities across Scotland to discuss their recommendation.

Now a 12 week public consultation process has started giving you the chance to comment on the proposals.

The Boundary Commission determined councillor numbers in their review by categorising council areas based on deprivation and population distribution.

South Ayrshire came into a category 3 ratio which means that less than 30% of the population are living outwith settlements of 3,000 or more and less than 15% of the population are living in the most deprived areas.

The council’s executive director did raise concerns at the proposals.

Valerie Andrews asked how the Scottish Index for Multiple Deprivation (SIM provides an extra workload for councillors.

Points were also raised about the disparity in certain wards if councillor numbers were reduced and the poverty statistics used which are said not to take a full account of poverty in rural Kyle and Carrick.

The proposals are available to view at the Girvan Area Housing office at 19 Knockcushan Street, the Library in Maybole High street, at county buildings in Wellington Square Ayr and the Carnegie Library in Ayr among others.

You have until 21 August to respond to the proposals which can be done via, emailing or writing to Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland, Thistle House, 91 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5HD.