Ardrossan will become a stand alone ward represented by three councillors, with Arran getting a councillor of its own if proposals to redraw ward boundaries in North Ayrshire go ahead.

Saltcoats and Stevenston, currently separate, would also be merged and represented by five elected members between them.

After an extensive review of the current North Ayrshire Council area, Boundaries Scotland - the new name for the Local Government Boundary Commission - published its recommendations for the area last week.

And they advised that Arran should become a one-member ward to reflect its island status.

Currently, Ardrossan and Arran share three councillors between them, with two of the elected members living on the island and one on the mainland.

The proposal comes after Boundaries Scotland were asked to perform a review of electoral arrangements in the region, after the Islands (Scotland) Act came into force in 2018.

Local authorities that include islands within their catchment were under review to ensure that they received more parity in relation to councillor representation and to ensure island issues are fairly represented.

A case for a two-member Arran ward was also presented, as well as retaining the existing system in order to link between Arran and the mainland.

However neither recognised the distinct nature of Arran’s island communities and its population.

North Ayrshire Council currently have 33 elected members representing nine wards.

The new proposal advises that the council retain the same number of councillors, with existing wards of Kilwinning, Irvine East, Irvine South, and Irvine West remaining unchanged.

Boundaries Scotland say that these changes would be a reflection of the existing community council area and represent historical burgh boundaries.

The changes would also allow the council wards to be designed to better fit North Ayrshire Council’s six Localities (Arran, Garnock Valley, North Coast, Irvine, and Three Towns) and the local ties and communities that they represent.

Boundaries Scotland is due to submit the report to the Scottish Government this month.

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