Boundary Commissioners Report on The Ferry Ward Ignores Public Opinion - Onus Now on Scottish Government Ministers

Proposed New Boundary for Ward 8 The Ferry May 2016
Click on map to enlarge
Last week the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland published their report on changes to the number of Councillors and revised boundaries to the local government wards in Dundee.

I am very disappointed that the Commission has ignored the considerable weight of public opinion and written objections they received from residents in The Ferry during their consultation. This is particularly hard to palate since the Commission received more almost a thousand written objections from Broughty Ferry electors than from the whole of the remainder of Scotland combined. 
Even more disappointing are the comments that the Commissioners made in their report:
"we do not feel residents concern about the impact of changes to ward boundaries were supported by the evidence."
This is particularly galling since the commission have a duty to take into consideration, 'local ties'.

Furthermore, their point that the lack of objections to the changes to the boundaries of Ward 8 The Ferry from residents living in other parts of the city where ward boundaries remained largely unaltered provided some kind of evidence of support for the Council's proposals is clearly nonsense. I think folk in the West End were just relieved that the focus of the proposed local changes was at the other side of the city.

This matter, however, is not closed because the Boundary Commissioner's report is a merely a set of recommendations to Scottish Government Ministers.  One of these Ministers is the Dundee East MSP Shona Robison.

I now call upon on her to show her support for her constituents and reject the proposals for Dundee and support the status quo in relation to the number of Councillors and the existing ward boundaries in the City.

I also urge my constituents affected by this proposal to Shona Robison MSP to pass on their viewpoints.

Read or download the Report form the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland about their proposals for Dundee City including Ward 8 The Ferry