A petition against new council ward proposals was handed in to the office of Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan in Stornoway this afternoon. 

Residents of Parkend, Holm and Mackenzie Estate are campaigning against a proposal which would see their areas become part of a larger Point ward.

Specifically, they are dismayed at the thought of losing Charlie Nicolson as their councillor.

Campaigner Kenny Duncan told www.welovestornoway.com: "We have 373 signatures on the petition. We are unhappy at the way the wards are being bunched together, and we are very unhappy about the possibility of losing Charlie Nicolson, as he is an excellent councillor for us and does a lot for us."

The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland (LGBCS) proposes to reduce the number of councillors in the Western Isles from 31 to 26.

There would be a total of eight wards – two wards each returning four members and six wards each returning three members. 

The LGBCS hopes to have the proposals ratified in time for the 2017 elections.

Campaigners Donnie Smith, Kenny Duncan, and Agnes Clayden, outside the office of Alasdair Allan MSP