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East Lothian councillor cut will ‘damage democracy’, says leader

Councillor Willie Innes

Councillor Willie Innes

Local councillors are urging East Lothian residents to have their say on controversial plans to reduce the number of local authority members.

The proposals, tabled by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland, have drawn unanimous cross-party opposition at East Lothian Council, with leader Willie Innes (Lab) claiming they are detrimental to local democracy.

The commission wants to reduce the number of East Lothian councillors from 23 to 21 and has just launched a consultation to seek the views of local people and organisations.

But local councillors fear that a reduction in their number would most likely lead to a complete redrawing of ward boundaries in East Lothian.

For full story, see this week’s East Lothian News.

 

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