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WISHART RAISES CONCERN OVER BOUNDARY COMMISSION PROPOSALS FOR PERTH

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Perth and North Perthshire MP, Pete Wishart, has raised concerns following the publication of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland report. The report, which has been two years in the making, recommends that Perth City North should lose one of its four local elected representatives.

The report has now been submitted to Scottish Government Ministers and a final decision is expected on the proposals by the end of the year.

Speaking after the publication of the recommendations, Pete Wishart said:

“At a time when the City of Perth is expanding, I do not find it appropriate for the level of local representation to be cut. These plans seem to have come from left field. Throughout the consultation process there was never any mention of cutting the number of councillors to three.

“Perthshire has a growing population and the level of expectation from the public is that they will be properly represented at a local level – I think these proposals fly in the face of that principal.

“An area such as Perth City North is very densely populated already and I hope that when the final proposals are adopted, that this plan will not be on the table.”

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