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Boundary changes agreed


Ministers have accepted the recommendations of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland (LGBCS) in respect of four reports submitted to them last year.

Subject to Parliamentary approval minor council boundary changes will result in:

  • transfer of properties at Blackburn from Aberdeen City Council to Aberdeenshire Council
  • transfer of an area of land at West Farm, Broxburn from City of Edinburgh Council to West Lothian Council
  • transfer of an area of land and properties at Ardoch Sewage Works from Argyll & Bute Council to West Dunbartonshire Council
  • transfer of an area of land at Braehead from Glasgow City Council to Renfrewshire Council

The four LGBCS recommendations correct boundary anomalies that were brought to the attention of the Commission. In arriving at their decision Ministers took into consideration representations made to them following the publication of the reports.

Once a date for the various transfers has been agreed with the Councils involved the Orders will be laid before the Scottish Parliament with a view to bringing the proposed changes into effect.

In 1999 Ministers took the view that, following local government reorganisation in 1996, it would not be appropriate for the LGBCS to undertake any major reviews of local authority boundaries to allow the new authorities to concentrate on the effective and efficient delivery of services. Consequently a Direction was issued by Ministers which prevented the LGBCS from undertaking any ad hoc review prior to the next statutory review (scheduled for 2004-2008) unless they affect less than 50 electors.