He says there is no one perfect electoral system. They all have strengths and weaknesses and no electoral system provides a solution to the ills - real and imagined - of local government.
But 'After nine months of reading, talking and thinking about renewing local democracy, the majority of the working party decided that a change in the electoral system to the single transferable vote form of proportional representation.'
He says this form of PR will ensure a common link between councillors and those who elect them, even through there will be more than one councillor in each ward.
'We also need to address the current extremely unfair arrangement whereby councillors are treated like employees when it comes to paying tax and national insurance, but are unable to enjoy the benefits of employee status such as pension rights.'
He concludes: 'We believe the ideas we are putting forward, if implemented, can make real difference to local democracy in Scotland - and complement the difference the parliament is already making.'