Plan out of bounds claims pensioner

DEMOCRACY is being undermined because the plans for new parliamentary constituencies are not being made available to the public on paper.

That’s the claim of local man Ernest Watt, who said he was appalled to be told that the Boundary Commission’s proposals to redraw the East Dunbartonshire Westminster constitency were only available on computer disk.

Mr Watt, of Hillneuk Avenue, Bearsden, said: “I went along to the library but the only way I could see this was on a computer disk. No printed version was available.

“I think it’s very unfair as lots of people, probably about 30 per cent of the population, are not computer literate.

“Information such as this should be available for the community in a variety of formats.

“Everyone should be able to access it easily.”

Diane Campbell, director of East Dunbartonshire’s corporate and customer services, said: “The council has been working with the Boundary Commission for Scotland to publicise their consultation on the review of the UK parliamentary boundaries.

“At Brookwood Library in Bearsden and other agreed venues across the council area there are maps displayed on the wall for visitors to view.

“There is also information on line at www.bcomm-scotland.gov.uk. For anyone who does not have access to a computer, the information is available by calling the Boundary Commission for Scotland on 0131 538 7510 or by writing to them at Thistle House, 91 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5HD.”