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REVIEW OF INVERCLYDE'S ELECTORAL ARRANGEMENTS

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Provisional proposals for revised electoral arrangements in the Inverclyde Council area have been published....
Provisional proposals for revised electoral arrangements in the Inverclyde Council area have been published.

As required by the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland has made the arrangements, following the requirement that the commission should make proposals for revised electoral arrangements comprising wards suitable for returning either 3 or 4 members using a single transferable vote system of proportional representation.

The commission's provisional proposals for Inverclyde Council area are as follows:

The number of councillors remains unchanged at 20.

As part of the statutory consultation process, arrangements have been made for maps showing the boundaries of the proposed electoral wards to be deposited for public inspection at the following locations:

Municipal Buildings, Clyde Square - Greenock

Gourock Library, Kempock Place - Gourock

Inverkip Library, Station Road - Inverkip

Kilmacolm Library, Community Centre - Kilmacolm

Port Glasgow Library, Fore Street - Port Glasgow

Maps illustrating the provisional proposals are also available for viewing, or downloading free of charge, from the commission's website at www.lgbc-scotland.gov.uk

Interested parties are invited to make representations to the Commission during the 12-week period ending on 25 August 2005. Representations can be made by letter to:

The Secretary

The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland

3 Drumsheugh Gardens

Edinburgh

EH3 7QJ

Email: inverclyde@lgbc-scotland.gov.uk

Fax: 0131 538 7511

Changes to the legislation and a Ministerial Direction required the commission to undertake an initial round of consultations with councils within 12 weeks of the review being announced and prior to developing its initial proposals for revised electoral arrangements. The commission was then required to provide each council with details of its initial proposals at least 2 months before these proposals were made available to any other interested party. The council had a period of two months to make representations regarding the commission's initial proposals.

The first stage of the review, the initial consultation with councils, started in September 2004 and was completed by mid-November 2004. During the second stage, the commission considered options for the design of its initial proposals and contact with councils was maintained through officials. The third stage of the review, the 2 month period for consideration of the commission's initial proposals by councils, started in mid-March 2005.

The commission is now beginning the wider statutory public consultation process for a number of council areas having considered any representations made by these councils during the two-month consultation period.

The cCommission is required to complete all stages of its review of electoral arrangements for all council areas in Scotland by August 2006. Subject to the parliamentary process, it is intended that revised electoral arrangements will come into effect for local government elections in May 2007.

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