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Number of councillors could be cut

East Lothian Council

East Lothian Council

A plan to cut the number of councillors in East Lothian, which has one of the fastest growing populations in Scotland, has attracted protests.

Under a Local Government Boundary Commission shake-up, the existing 23 members could be reduced to 21, and ward boundaries will also be looked as part of the process.

This week, Councillor Willie Innes, Labour leader of East Lothian Council, expressed his “surprise and disappointment,” saying a cross-party working group had already been formed by the council to look at the proposals ahead of a crunch meeting with commission representatives on March 24.

The proposals are part of the Boundary Commission’s current review of electoral arrangements for each of Scotland’s 32 councils which, once approved, will take effect in time for the next local elections in May 2017.

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