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Fears For Cleland Community Council


12/09/15


Plans to split Cleland into two at future council elections has prompted fears such a move could wind-up the village’s community council.

The move has angered the Cleland Community Council who are against the proposals.

The Boundary Commission proposals would see the village, currently in the Murdostoun ward, re-aligned with one part of the community joining the Fortissat ward, which includes the villages of Shotts and Allanton.


In a letter sent to the Boundary Commission, Cleland councillor Robert McKendrick stated that he was appalled at the proposals and the Boundary Commission also provoked anger by proposing to increase the number of wards in North Lanarkshire to 21 and raise the number of local authority councillors from 70 to 77.

The move has angered members of Cleland Community Council who claim that their organisation, which has been in operation for two years, would cease to exist.


Community council chairman Robert Arnott said: “Cleland Community Council are extremely concerned about the proposal put forward by the Commission.

“Geographically, Fortissat is the biggest ward in North Lanarkshire but is less densely populated than other areas in North Lanarkshire.

“We understand the Commission have a formula which is used to quantify the ratio of councillors to population for a particular ward. We also understand that the local councillors are against this proposal and that North Lanarkshire Council are also not in favour of the proposals.

“In this time of austerity and budget cutbacks this proposed change would increase expense to North Lanarkshire Council by adding additional councillors which would have little if any beneficial impact in the day to day life of the people of Cleland.


Robert added: “There is a strong possibility that North Lanarkshire Council would have to wind-up Cleland Community Council because it would be split by this proposed change.”


Since it was created the community council have organised a number of events in the village including fun days, the Christmas lights switch on and a summer playscheme.