Tayside (Scottish Gaelic: Taobh Tatha) was one of the nine regions used for local government in Scotland from 15 May 1975 to 31 March 1996. The region was named for the River Tay.

Taobh Tatha

2,903 sq mi (7519 km2)
  Preceded byDundee Corporation
Perthshire County Council
Kinrosshire County Council
Angus County Council
  OriginLocal Government (Scotland) Act 1973
  Created15 May 1975
  Abolished31 March 1996
  Succeeded byDundee City Council
Perth & Kinross
GovernmentTayside Regional Council
  TypeRegional council
  HQTayside House, Dundee
  UnitsAngus, Dundee, Perth & Kinross

It was created by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, following recommendations made by the 1969 Wheatley Report which attempted to replace the mishmash of counties, cities, burghs and districts, with a uniform two-tier system of regional and district councils. Since the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, the former Tayside has been divided into the council areas of Angus, the City of Dundee and Perth and Kinross, which had previously been the region's districts.

Tayside Regional Council directly operated local bus services in the City of Dundee from 1975 until 1986, when bus deregulation under terms of the Transport Act 1985 was implemented. The restructured Tayside Buses became employee-owned in 1991, was sold to National Express in 1997, and today trades as Xplore Dundee.

Continued use

Tayside continues to have a joint electoral, valuation, and health board. It retained its police and fire services until they were merged, on 1 April 2013, into bodies known as Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, which cover the whole of Scotland. Provision of healthcare across the region also continues via NHS Tayside.

Angus Council, Dundee City Council and Perth and Kinross Council formed Tayside Contracts as their commercial arm and to provide shared services, such as road and housing maintenance, winter maintenance (snow clearing and gritting), catering and cleaning services across the former Tayside area. Tayside Contracts services are open to the public and all profits from the company are equally fed back into each of the three councils to bolster revenue to the local authorities to provide cash for services as a boost to central government and council tax income.[2]

Electoral history

1974No overall controlConservative
1986No overall controlLabour
1990No overall controlLabour
1994No overall controlSNP


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