The future electoral set up for local wards in Orkney has been laid out by Boundaries Scotland.
The proposals are 21 councillors in six wards, comprising three wards each returning 3-members and three wards each returning 4-members as follows:
|Ward No.||Ward Name||Cllrs||Electorate (Dec 17)||Current Variation from Electoral Parity (%)1||Forecast Electorate||Forecast Variation from Electoral Parity (%)2|
|2||Kirkwall West and Orphir||4||3,415||5.2||3,452||6.7|
|3||Stromness and South Isles||3||2,147||-11.8||2,140||-11.8|
|5||East Mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray||3||2,496||2.5||2,489||2.6|
This would mean OIC having the same number of councillors as now with no boundary changes for : North Isles; Stromness and South Isles; and West Mainland.
The boundary between Kirkwall East ward and Kirkwall West and Orphir ward is to be amended by Kirkwall harbour to create a more easily identifiable ward boundary and the Kirkwall East ward boundary is to be extended southwards to better reflect local ties by placing Kirkwall airport and neighbouring local communities within a Kirkwall ward.
If you don’t know who your councillor is in Orkney you can click on this link: Multi Member Wards. It involves a lot of clicking.
The next local government elections take place on Thursday 5th of May 2022.