A LOCAL inquiry has been organised to deliberate on plans to discontinue the Eastwood constituency at the next Scottish Parliament elections.

It comes after Boundaries Scotland, in May, published proposals for future constituencies, starting from the scheduled Holyrood elections in May 2026 and if implemented, Eastwood would be deleted as a distinct parliamentary seat.

The Eastwood communities of Clarkston, Busby, Giffnock, and Thornliebank would be merged with areas such as Carnwadric, Kennishead, and Priesthill in a new Glasgow Priesthill and Giffnock constituency.

Meanwhile, Newton Mearns, Waterfoot, and Eaglesham would be amalgamated into an amended Renfrewshire South constituency with communities including Howwood, Kilbarchan, and Lochwinnoch.

The local inquiry will take place on Thursday, December 14, with an evening meeting being held at the Parklands Hotel and Country Club in Newton Mearns from 6pm until 8pm, and an afternoon session at Lynnhurst Hotel in Paisley from 2pm to 4pm.

During a consultation period earlier this year, Eastwood MSP Jackson Carlaw formally opposed the proposals.

He said: “Earlier in the year, I was dismayed to learn of the proposals to remove Eastwood from the map of Scottish Parliamentary constituencies.

“Eastwood is a distinct geographical territory in its own right as emphasised by the widespread use of the name in our local communities from Eastwood Park Theatre in Giffnock to the Eastwood Health and Care Centre in Clarkston and Eastwood High School in Newton Mearns.

“Local businesses in Eastwood are widely supported by people and families living in all corners of the constituency and not only by those who are resident in the immediate local area including at Fenwick Road, Busby Road and the Avenue Shopping Centre.

“All of Eastwood’s localities are part of East Renfrewshire Council and it makes little sense to change the current situation where they belong to the same Holyrood constituency to one where they would be broken up and grouped with communities that are based in different local authorities.

“I look forward to speaking at the inquiry in December and to set out why in my view the plans to dismantle Eastwood must be revisited.”