Helensburgh could be split apart from most of its neighbouring villages under plans for a radical rethink of the Scottish Parliament's constituencies.

The whole of Helensburgh and Lomond is currently part of the Dumbarton constituency at Holyrood - and has been since the Scottish Parliament was set up 24 years ago.

B ut Boundaries Scotland, the agency charged with determining election maps, has published "provisional proposals" which would put Rhu, Garelochhead, the Rosneath peninsula, Luss, Arrochar and Tarbet in an enlarged Argyll and Bute constituency.

Helensburgh itself, and neighbouring Cardross, would form part of a renamed 'Dumbarton and Helensburgh' seat.

Jackie Baillie MSP, who has representated the area since that first Scottish Parliament election in 1999, said she was disappointment by the plans.

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Responding to Boundaries Scotland’s provisional proposals for new constituency boundaries for the Scottish Parliament, Ms Baillie said: “The communities of Loch Lomondside and the Rosneath peninsula are intrinsically linked with Helensburgh, Balloch, the Vale of Leven and Dumbarton.

“They share local health services, including the Vale of Leven Hospital, schools and transport links. People from these communities work and shop in Helensburgh, Dumbarton and Balloch. The travel to work area relates to Glasgow and not north.

“These factors need to be seriously considered. It is disappointing that the natural connections between these areas has not been recognised within these proposals.”

The proposals are out for public consultation until Saturday, June 17. 

Under the proposals, the new Argyll and Bute constituency would have an electorate of 55,737 people. The new Dumbarton and Helensburgh voter roll would have 57,666 residents.

Boundary changes were previously alterred for the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections, though that review did not result in any changes for Helensburgh and Lomond residents.

At the last election in 2021, Ms Baillie increased her majority from 109 votes to 1,483.

The full map can be found at the Boundaries Scotland website.