To help reduce the total number of MPs in Scotland from 59 to 53, there is a proposal to re-draw boundary lines in the various constituencies.

You have until Monday, December 11, to tell the Boundary Commission what you think of the suggestion.

The idea from the Commission is to change Renfrewshire’s boundary to incorporate Largs, West Kilbride, Great Cumbrae and Little Cumbrae alongside Erskine, Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank.

A further suggestion is a new burgh constituency would be created – Paisley – which would take in Paisley, Renfrew, Inchinnan, Linwood, Barrhead, Neilston and Uplawmoor.

It does make you wonder if anyone actually looked at where Erskine, Bishopton and Inchinnan are on a map.

Perhaps reducing the number of MPs may be a good thing for the future but you do wonder what criteria they are using to make the decisions.

On first reading about the proposed changes, it didn’t seem a good idea to me – but then again, on reflection, it might work out that way.

Why? Well, Erskine and Bishopton might actually have some more money spent on them as the perception is that they don’t currently get a good deal from Renfrewshire Council.

More money is being spent on keeping pavements and paths clearer and tidier but would this happen if Paisley wasn’t up for the UK City of Culture title?

More money being spent locally is well overdue.

If you have any views you would like the Boundary Commission to know about, then get in touch with them before the December 11 deadline.

If you don’t, you can’t really complain about any decision they make.

The Commission would like to know your views on possible changes. You might just have an excellent idea that they haven’t considered yet.