2017 South Ayrshire Council election

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2017 South Ayrshire Council election

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All 28 seats to South Ayrshire Council
15 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Leader Martin Dowey Allan Dorrans[1]
Party Conservative SNP
Leader's seat Ayr West Ayr West (defeated)
Last election 10 seats, 31.5% 9 seats, 29.3%
Seats before 10 9
Seats after 12 9
Seat change Increase2 Steady
Popular vote 19,851 13,808
Percentage 43.4% 30.2%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Brian McGinley Brian Connolly
Party Labour Independent
Leader's seat Ayr East Maybole, North Carrick & Coylton
Last election 9 seats, 25.0% 2 seat, 13.5%
Seats before 9 2
Seats after 5 2
Seat change Decrease4 Steady
Popular vote 6,954 4,879
Percentage 15.2% 10.7%

South Ayrshire Council election 2017.svg
The 8 multi-member wards

Council Leader before election

Bill McIntosh
Conservative

Council Leader after election

Douglas Campbell
Scottish National Party[2]

The 2017 local council election to South Ayrshire Council was held on Thursday 4 May 2017, on the same day as the 31 other local authorities in Scotland. It was the third successive Local Council election in South Ayrshire to run under the STV Electoral System. Following the election, a coalition administration was formed between the SNP, Labour and Independent councillors, despite the fact that the Conservatives remained the largest party on the council, increasing their lead over the SNP by 2 seats.[2]

Boundary Review[edit]

The total number of seats on South Ayrshire Council was reduced as part of a Boundary Review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland from 30 to 28,[3] with the total number of council wards remaining at 8.

The St. Leonard's area of Ayr was moved from the Ayr East ward to the Ayr West ward, with the number of council seats in Ayr East being reduced from 4 to 3.

Annbank and St. Quivox were moved from the Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton ward to the Kyle ward, with Kirkoswald, Maidens and Turnberry moving from the Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton ward to the Girvan and South Carrick ward. The number of council seats in Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton was reduced from 4 to 3.

The Conservatives were the net losers of the boundary changes, who would have otherwise had two additional councillors elected in Ayr East and Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton.

Wards[edit]

Ward number Ward name Description Seats
1 Troon The Burgh of Troon. 4
2 Prestwick The Burgh of Prestwick. 4
3 Ayr North All areas north of the River Ayr located in the Burgh of Ayr, excluding south-west Wallacetown between Craigie Road and Whitletts Road.
Covering the districts of Braehead, Craigie, Dalmilling, Heathfield, Lochside, Newton-on-Ayr, Whitletts and northern Wallacetown.
4
4 Ayr East All areas in the south-east of the Burgh of Ayr located west of the A77 bypass, south of the River Ayr and east of the railway line.
Covering the districts of Belmont, Castlehill, Forehill, Holmston, Kincaidston and Masonhill.
3
5 Ayr West All areas in the south-west of the Burgh of Ayr south of the river Ayr and west of the railway line, in addition to south-west Wallacetown between Craigie Road and Whitletts Road.
Covering the districts of Alloway, Central Ayr, Doonfoot, Fort, Seafield, St Leonard's and southern Wallacetown.
4
6 Kyle All areas north of the river Ayr outside of the Burghs of Ayr, Prestwick and Troon.
Covering the villages of Annbank, Dundonald, Loans, Monkton, Mossblown, Symington and Tarbolton.
3
7 Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton All areas south of the river Ayr and north of the River Doon outside of the Burgh of Ayr, in addition to the north-east of Carrick.
Covering the town of Maybole and the villages of Coylton, Crosshill, Dunure, Kirkmichael, Minishant and Straiton.
3
8 Girvan and South Carrick The south-west of Carrick.
Covering the town of Girvan and the villages of Ballantrae, Barr, Barrhill, Colmonell, Dailly, Kirkoswald, Lendalfoot, Maidens, Old Dailly, Pinmore, Pinwherry and Turnberry.
3

Results[edit]

Summary[edit]

South Ayrshire Local Election Result 2017
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 12 2 0 Increase2 42.9 43.4 19,851 Increase11.9
  SNP 9 1 1 Steady 32.1 30.2 13,808 Increase0.9
  Labour 5 0 4 Decrease4 17.9 15.2 6,954 Decrease9.8
  Independent 2 0 0 Steady 7.1 10.7 4,879 Decrease2.8
  Scottish Green 0 0.0 0.6 290 New

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes. The net gain/loss and percentage changes relate to the result of the previous Scottish local elections on 3 May 2012. This may differ from other published sources showing gain/loss relative to seats held at dissolution of Scotland's councils.

e • d Results of the South Ayrshire Council election, 2017
by ward
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
Conservative SNP Lab Ind Green
Troon 51.5% 2 30.6% 1 13.7% 1 4.2% 0 4
Prestwick 46.2% 2 31.3% 1 13.3% 1 9.1% 0 4
Ayr North 25.6% 1 43.7% 2 24.7% 1 6.1% 0 4
Ayr East 40.5% 1 36.5% 1 17.3% 1 5.6% 0 3
Ayr West 59.2% 3 23.4% 1 11.1% 0 6.2% 0 4
Kyle 43.8% 1 31.0% 1 25.3% 1 3
Maybole, North Carrick & Coylton 36.4% 1 27.7% 1 9.4% 0 26.5% 1 3
Girvan & South Carrick 26.7% 1 19.3% 1 9.4% 0 44.5% 1 3
Total 43.4% 12 30.2% 9 15.2% 5 10.7% 2 0.6% 0 28

Seats[edit]

Troon (4 seats)[edit]

  • 2012: 2xCon; 1xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2017: 2xCon; 1xSNP; 1xLab
  • 2012-2017 Change: No change
Troon - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Conservative Peter Convery (incumbent) 35.2% 2,446        
Conservative Bob Pollock 16.3% 1,135 2,017      
SNP Craig Mackay 16.2% 1,125 1,146 1,157 1,216 2,201
SNP Annie McIndoe 14.5% 1,005 1,016 1,025 1,117  
Labour Philip Saxton (incumbent) 13.7% 951 1,011 1,194 1,304 1,385
Scottish Green Boyd Murdoch 4.2% 290 310 371    
Electorate: 12,132   Valid: 6,952   Spoilt: 128   Quota: 1,391.1   Turnout: 57.2%

Prestwick (4 seats)[edit]

  • 2012: 2xCon; 1xLab; 1xSNP
  • 2017: 2xCon; 1xSNP; 1xLab
  • 2012-2017 Change: No change
Prestwick - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Conservative Hugh Hunter (incumbent) 29.9% 2,008          
SNP Ian Cochrane (incumbent) 22.3% 1,498          
Conservative Margaret Toner (incumbent) 16.3% 1,098 1,641        
Labour Helen Moonie (incumbent) 13.3% 895 932 990 1,000 1,255 1,615
SNP John Wallace* 9.1% 612 618 625 749 897  
Independent Alasdair John Malcolm 9.1% 611 649 719 726    
Electorate: 12,085   Valid: 6,722   Spoilt: 172   Quota: 1,345   Turnout: 55.1%

* = Incumbent councillor for Ayr East.

Ayr North (4 seats)[edit]

  • 2012: 2xLab; 1xSNP; 1xCon
  • 2017: 2xSNP; 1xCon; 1xLab
  • 2012-2017 Change: SNP gain from Lab
Ayr North - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3
Conservative Ian Davis 25.6% 1,258    
SNP Laura Brennan-Whitefield 25.5% 1,256    
Labour Ian Cavana (incumbent) 19.5% 958 1,015  
SNP Douglas Campbell (incumbent) 18.1% 892 902 1,138
Independent Jamie McGeechan 6.1% 300 363 375
Labour Brenda Knox 5.2% 256 286 291
Electorate: 13,106   Valid: 4,920   Spoilt: 158   Quota: 985   Turnout: 39.6%

Ayr East (3 seats)[edit]

  • 2012: 2xSNP; 1xCon; 1xLab
  • 2017: 1xCon; 1xSNP; 1xLab
  • 2012-2017 Change: SNP lose seat
Ayr East - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Conservative Mary Kilpatrick (incumbent) 40.5% 2,110        
SNP Chris Cullen 22.1% 1,148 1,165 1,223 1,233 1,926
Labour Brian McGinley (incumbent) 17.3% 900 1,141 1,356    
SNP Ian McPherson 14.5% 753 767 801 810  
Independent Andrew Bryden 5.6% 293 500      
Electorate: 10,029   Valid: 5,204   Spoilt: 49   Quota: 1,302   Turnout: 51.5%

Ayr West (4 seats)[edit]

  • 2012: 2xCon; 1xSNP; 1xLab
  • 2017: 3xCon; 1xSNP
  • 2012-2017 Change: Con gain from Lab
Ayr West - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Conservative Martin Dowey 38.7% 3,160            
SNP Siobhian Brown 15.5% 1,267 1,276 1,276 1,376 2,006    
Conservative Lee Lyons 12.3% 1,006 1,847          
Labour Liz Martin 11.1% 911 952 961 1,071 1,103 1,248  
Conservative Darek McCabe 8.3% 675 1,211 1,400 1,530 1,547 1,560 1,865
SNP Allan Dorrans (incumbent) 7.9% 646 653 654 723      
Independent Chic Brodie 6.2% 506 530 535        
Electorate: 13,822   Valid: 8,171   Spoilt: 138   Quota: 1,635   Turnout: 59.4%

Kyle (3 seats)[edit]

  • 2012: 1xSNP; 1xLab; 1xCon
  • 2017: 1xCon; 1xSNP; 1xLab
  • 2012-2017 Change: No change
Kyle - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4
Conservative Arthur Spurling 43.8% 2,160      
Labour Andy Campbell (incumbent) 25.3% 1,247      
SNP Julie Dettbarn 16.4% 807 876 879 1,612
SNP Scott McFarlane 14.6% 721 811 813  
Electorate: 10,215   Valid: 4,935   Spoilt: 74   Quota: 1,234   Turnout: 48.7%

Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton (3 seats)[edit]

  • 2012: 1xInd; 1xLab; 1xCon; 1xSNP
  • 2017: 1xCon; 1xSNP; 1xInd
  • 2012-2017 Change: Lab lose seat
Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2
Conservative Ian Campbell 36.4% 1,584  
SNP William Grant (incumbent) 27.7% 1,202  
Independent Brian Connolly (incumbent) 20.8% 904 1,089
Labour Catriona Deliveli 9.4% 408 478
Independent Gordon McFadzean 5.7% 249 318
Electorate: 9,359   Valid: 4,347   Spoilt: 45   Quota: 1,087   Turnout: 48.1%

Girvan and South Carrick (3 seats)[edit]

  • 2012: 1xInd; 1xSNP; 1xLab
  • 2017: 1xInd; 1xCon; 1xSNP
  • 2012-2017 Change: Con gain from Lab
Girvan and South Carrick - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Independent Alec Clark (incumbent) 33.1% 1,502          
Conservative Ian Fitzsimmons 26.7% 1,211          
SNP Peter Henderson 19.3% 876 919 921 933 1,012 1,285
Independent Karen Clark-McCartney 9.5% 429 569 586 636 803  
Labour Owen Martin 9.4% 428 485 497 515    
Independent Gavin Scott 1.9% 85 125 134      
Electorate: 8,742   Valid: 4,531   Spoilt: 76   Quota: 1,133   Turnout: 52.3%

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/snp-hopefuls-south-ayrshire-council-10107253 'SNP hopefuls for South Ayrshire Council pledge not to get in bed with the Tories in bid for power'
  2. ^ a b "SNP, Labour and Independent councillors to run South Ayrshire Council". BBC News. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.lgbc-scotland.gov.uk/reviews/5th_electoral/south_ayrshire/