Perth and Kinross Council could be forced to axe one of its councillors after a “bombshell” move by Scotland’s Boundary Commission.
A shake-up of the political map has proposed surprise changes to the Perth City North ward, effectively splitting the community of Letham in two.
The move, which is being considered by Scottish ministers, has come up against strong opposition from council leader Ian Miller who described the plan as “utterly absurd and ill considered”.
Perth and North Perthshire MP Pete Wishart said it was not appropriate to cut representation while the area faces a population boom.
“Perthshire has a growing population and the level of expectation from the public is that they will be properly represented at a local level,” he said. “I think these proposals fly in the face of that principle.”
The local authority has pledged to fight the plan. A final decision is expected by the end of the year.
The commission’s plans are already causing outrage in Broughty Ferry, with locals vowing to fight plans to reclassify parts of West Ferry as Dundee East End.
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