West Dunbartonshire

West Dunbartonshire (Scots: Wast Dunbartanshire; Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Breatann an Iar, pronounced [ˈʃirˠəxk ɣumˈpɾʲɛʰt̪ɪɲ ə ɲiəɾ]) is one of the 32 local government council areas of Scotland. The area lies to the west of the City of Glasgow and contains many of Glasgow's commuter towns and villages, as well as the city's suburbs. West Dunbartonshire also borders onto Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and Stirling.

West Dunbartonshire
Wast Dunbartanshire
Siorrachd Dhùn Breatann an Iar

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Coordinates: 55°59′24″N 4°30′54″W
Admin HQDumbarton
  BodyWest Dunbartonshire Council
  ControlSNP + Ind minority (council NOC)
  Total61.3 sq mi (158.8 km2)
Area rankRanked 31st
 (mid-2018 est.)
  RankRanked 26th
  Density1,500/sq mi (560/km2)
ONS codeS12000039
ISO 3166 codeGB-WDU

The area was formed on 1 April 1996 from part of the former Strathclyde Region, namely the entire district of Clydebank and the Dumbarton district less the Helensburgh area. In the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 that created the council area its name was Dumbarton and Clydebank. The council, elected as a shadow authority in 1995, resolved to change the name of the area to West Dunbartonshire.[1]

The area is essentially composed of three parts: the towns of Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven district.

West Dunbartonshire is administered from Dumbarton, although Clydebank is the largest town.

Governance and politics

The council is run by 22 councillors elected from 6 wards.[2] Following the 4 May 2017 election, resulted in the following political composition:[3]

Party Councillors
Scottish National Party 10
Labour 8
Conservative 2
West Dunbartonshire Community Party 1
Independent 1

Independence referendum

On 18 September 2014, West Dunbartonshire was one of the four council areas which had a majority "Yes" vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum at 54% with an 87.9% turnout rate.[4]

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