The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland is proposing a series of political boundary changes across Scotland, including Fife, which would see a reduction of Fife Councillors from 78 to 75.
Boundary changes are being proposed within the local area, with Lochgelly to be attached to Cowdenbeath boundaries, and Cardenden attached to the Glenrothes political boundary. This would mean that each boundary would return 4 councillors.
Councillor Chisholm has already spoken out against the proposed boundary changes, stating in the Central Fife Times;
I am furious at the proposals by the Local Government Boundaries Commission to dismember the existing Lochgelly and Cardenden Ward 9 which, has been a successful partnership since 2007……I shall be voicing my opposition to the proposal, especially for a mega ward of Cardenden, Kinglassie and Glenrothes West and proposing that Lochgelly, Cardenden and Kinglassie be one ward, thus preserving the tradition of these three ancient mining communities.
A concern our group has is that under a Cowdenbeath and Lochgelly Ward, issues in Lochgelly will be lower priority within the proposed boundary if the changes are approved, additionally, the community of Lumphinnans would potentially lose it’s identity with Cowdenbeath and Lochgelly issues taking a higher priority.
Under the current Lochgelly and Cardenden Ward, both towns share a very similar heritage, and both towns are distinct enough, so that both Cardenden and Lochgelly issues are tackled without impacting on each other and the priorities for each area, allowing both communities to retain their unique and separate identities.
By including Kinglassie into the Ward, will also allow each of the three communities to retain their strong unique identities, and have their issues tackled on a community by community basis.
Consultations are under way with public consultations expected to end in August 2015. Below we have provided all the documents that form part of the consultation;
If you would like to leave a comment on the proposals, you can submit a comment to:
Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland Thistle House
91 Haymarket Terrace
Additionally, you can contact the Lochgelly Community Council and provide a comment at: http://lochgellycommunitycouncil.com/contact-us/