Councillor criticises Boundary Commission plan

Turriff and District councillor Alastair Forsyth
Turriff and District councillor Alastair Forsyth

A local councillor has criticised proposals from the Boundary Commission which would see Methlick split in two and placed in different constituencies for Westminster elections.

The Boundary Commission are currently consulting on proposals for redrawn Westminster constituencies as a result of the London Government’s intention to reduce the number of Scottish MPs from 59 to 53.

This means an expanded Banff & Buchan constituency taking in Ellon and Newburgh, and a new Gordon & Deeside constituency covering much of Garioch and West Aberdeenshire.

Under the new proposals, the boundary between the two new constituencies would see Methlick being divided along the River Ythan, resulting in houses along the B9005 and B9170 roads to New Deer and Fyvie remaining in Banff & Buchan, with the rest transferring to Gordon & Deeside.

Cllr Alastair Forsyth said: “I feel that the voters have been subjected to enough confusion over boundaries and for the time-being these should be left until significant changes in population make the case for the sheer expense of boundary changes.

“If Scotland’s MPs must be reduced in number, then let’s reduce that number to zero and transfer the powers to the Scottish Parliament, thereby eliminating an unnecessary layer of government.

“I’ll be making a submission to the Boundary Commission that Methlick should remain intact as a whole community and would urge others likeminded to do the same.”