East Dunbartonshire

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This article is about the Council area of Scotland. For the UK Parliament constituency, see East Dunbartonshire (UK Parliament constituency).
East Dunbartonshire
Aest Dunbartanshire
Siorrachd Dhùn Bhreatainn an Ear
East Dunbartonshire in Scotland.svg
Coordinates: 55°56′N 4°13′W / 55.933°N 4.217°W / 55.933; -4.217Coordinates: 55°56′N 4°13′W / 55.933°N 4.217°W / 55.933; -4.217
Admin HQ Kirkintilloch
 • Body
East Dunbartonshire Council
 • Control TBA (council NOC)
 • MPs
 • MSPs
 • Total 68 sq mi (175 km2)
Area rank Ranked 26th
Population (2010 est.)
 • Total 105,000
 • Rank Ranked 20th
 • Density 1,550/sq mi (599/km2)
ONS code 00QL
ISO 3166 code GB-EDU
Website http://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/

East Dunbartonshire (Scots: Aest Dunbartanshire; Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Bhreatainn an Ear) is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland. It borders onto the north-west of the City of Glasgow. It contains many of the suburbs of Glasgow as well as many of the city's commuter towns and villages. East Dunbartonshire also shares a border with North Lanarkshire, Stirling and West Dunbartonshire. The council area covers part of the historic counties of Dunbartonshire, Lanarkshire and Stirlingshire.

The council area was formed in 1996, as a result of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, from part of the former Bearsden and Milngavie and Strathkelvin districts of the wider Strathclyde region.


East Dunbartonshire council area has low levels of deprivation, with relatively low unemployment and low levels of crime. The population is both declining and ageing.[1]

In a 2007 Reader's Digest poll, East Dunbartonshire was voted the best place in Britain to raise a family.[2] The area continually tops the Halifax Bank Quality of Life list. In 2010 East Dunbartonshire ranked 3rd in Scotland[3] and was the only Scottish area in the British Top 20 in 2008[4]

Political composition[edit]

As a result of the 2007 election, the Scottish Liberal Democrats lost control of East Dunbartonshire Council, with one of the primary grievances amongst the electorate being fortnightly waste collection, after the introduction of kerbside collections for recycling plastics, glass, metals and paper.

The 2007 council was controlled by a Labour/Conservative coalition due to no single party having overall control. The leader of the council was Labour councillor Rhondda Geekie[5] and the position of provost (initially Labour councillor Alex Hannah) was subsequently held by Lib Dem councillor Eric Gotts.[6] The depute leader and depute provost were the Conservative councillors Billy Hendry and Anne Jarvis.

The 2012 council was controlled by a three-way Labour/Lib-Dem/Conservative coalition due to no single party having overall control.[7] The leader of the council remained Rhondda Geekie, but Labour councillor Una Walker became provost. The depute leader and depute provost were the Lib Dem councillor Ashay Ghai and the Conservative councillor Anne Jarvis.

EDIA councillor Charles Kennedy, of the Campsie and Kirkintilloch North ward, died on 13 July 2012.[8] The subsequent by-election took place on 13 September, where Gemma Welsh (Scottish Labour) was elected.[9] Thereafter the EDIA was voluntarily deregistered, its remaining councillor, Jack Young, continuing as an independent.

Following a disagreement between the Liberal Democrats and their administration colleagues, the ruling three-party coalition reverted to a minority two-party Labour/Conservative coalition in January 2016, and the Conservative's Billy Hendry resumed the role of depute council leader.

Party Councillors
Scottish National Party 8 8 8 8 8
Labour 15 11 9 7 6 6 6 8 9
Conservative 2 3 3 3 5 4 4 2 2
Liberal Democrat 9 10 12 12 3 4 3 3 3
ED Independent Alliance 2 2 2 2 2
Independent 1 1 2
Total 26 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24

Council Leadership[edit]


John Dempsey (Labour) (April 1995 – May 1999)
Robin McSkimming (Lib Dem) (May 1999 – May 2003
Pat Steel (Lib Dem) (May 2003 – May 2007)
Alex Hannah (Labour) (May 2007 – April 2009)
Eric Gotts (Lib Dem) (August 2009 – May 2012)
Una Walker (Labour) (May 2012 – present)

Depute Provosts[edit]

Ann Cameron (Labour) (April 1995 – May 1999)
Anne Jarvis (Conservative) (May 1999 – May 2003)
Cathy McInnes (Lib Dem) (May 2003 – May 2007)
Anne Jarvis (Conservative) (May 2007 – present)

Council Leaders[edit]

Charles Kennedy (Labour) (April 1995 – October 1999)
Keith Moody (Lib Dem) (October 1999 – May 2003)
John Morrison (Lib Dem) (May 2003 – May 2007)
Rhondda Geekie (Labour) (May 2007 – present)

Depute Council Leaders[edit]

Michael McCarron (Labour) (April 1995 – May 1999)
Rhondda Geekie (Labour) (May 1999 – October 1999)
John Morrison (Lib Dem) (October 1999 – May 2003)
Fiona Risk (Lib Dem) (May 2003 – May 2007)
Billy Hendry (Conservative) (May 2007 – May 2012)
Ashay Ghai (Lib Dem) (May 2012 – January 2016)
Billy Hendry (Conservative) (January 2016 - present)

Group Leaders[edit]

Party Leader From To
Scottish National Party Ian Mackay May 2007 present
Labour Charles Kennedy April 1995 May 2000
Rhonnda Geekie May 2000 May 2003
Alex Hannah May 2003 May 2007
Rhonnda Geekie May 2007 present
Conservative Billy Hendry April 1995 present
Liberal Democrat Keith Moody April 1995 May 2003
John Morrison May 2003 May 2007
Eric Gotts May 2007 August 2009
Vaughan Moody August 2009 October 2010
Ashay Ghai October 2010 present
ED Independent Alliance Charles Kennedy June 2004 July 2012
Independent Duncan Cumming June 2011 present
Jack Young October 2012 present

Depute Group Leaders[edit]

Party Depute Leader From To
Scottish National Party Gordan Low May 2007 present
Labour Michael McCarron April 1995 May 1999
Rhonnda Geekie May 1999 May 2000
Tom Smith May 2000 May 2003
Rhonnda Geekie May 2003 May 2007
Michael O'Donnell May 2007 May 2012
Alan Moir May 2012 present
Conservative Ian Miller April 1995 May 1999
Anne Jarvis May 1999 May 2007
Amanda Stewart May 2007 May 2012
Anne Jarvis May 2012 present
Liberal Democrat Robert Duncan April 1995 May 1999
John Morrison May 1999 May 2003
Fiona Risk May 2003 May 2007
Vaughan Moody May 2007 August 2009
Duncan Cumming August 2009 June 2011
Vaughan Moody June 2011 present
ED Independent Alliance Jack Young June 2004 October 2012

Chief Executives[edit]

Cornelius Mallon (April 1995 – June 1999)
Vicki Nash (June 1999 – February 2004)
Sue Bruce (August 2004 – November 2008)
Gerry Cornes (January 2009 – present)

Towns and villages[edit]

Woodilee Village

Places of interest[edit]


Secondary Schools[edit]

School School roll Founded Area Served
Bearsden Academy 1186 1911 Northern Bearsden and Baljaffray
Bishopbriggs Academy 1229 2006 Bishopbriggs and Auchinairn
Boclair Academy 943 1976 Southern Bearsden and Torrance
Douglas Academy (incorporating Douglas Academy Music School) 1062 1967 Milngavie, Craigton and Baldernock
Kirkintilloch High School 639 1971 Kirkintilloch and Twechar
Lenzie Academy 1296[10] 1886 Lenzie, South Kirkintilloch and Auchinloch
St Ninian's High School, Kirkintilloch 760 1874 Kirkintilloch, Milngavie, Lenzie, Lennoxtown, Twechar and Milton of Campsie
Turnbull High School 673 1976 Bishopbriggs

Closed Schools[edit]

Bishopbriggs High School

Thomas Muir High School

Primary Schools[edit]

Auchinairn Primary
Baldernock Primary
Baljaffray Primary
Balmuildy Primary
Bearsden Primary
Castlehill Primary
Clober Primary
Colquhoun Park Primary
Craigdhu Primary
Craighead Primary
Gartconner Primary
Harestanes Primary
Hillhead Primary
Holy Family Primary
Killermont Primary
Lairdsland Primary
Lennoxtown Primary
Lenzie Moss Primary
Lenzie Primary
Meadowburn Primary Gaelic Unit
Meadowburn Primary
Millersneuk Primary
Milngavie Primary
Mosshead Primary
Oxgang Primary
St. Agatha's Primary
St. Andrew's Primary
St. Flannan's Primary
St. Helen's Primary
St. Joseph's Primary
St. Machan's Primary
St. Matthew's Primary
Torrance Primary
Twechar Primary
Wester Cleddens Primary
Westerton Primary
Woodhill Primary


  1. ^ Controller of Audit to the Accounts Commission (May 2009). "The Audit of Best Value and Community Planning - East Dunbartonshire Council". Scottish Government. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  2. ^ "UK | Scots areas top happy family poll". BBC News. 2007-04-18. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  3. ^ "BBC News - Aberdeenshire tops 'quality of life' list". Bbc.co.uk. 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  4. ^ "East Dunbartonshire is only Scottish area in UK top 20 for 'quality of life' - The Scotsman". Thescotsman.scotsman.com. 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  5. ^ "New coalition moves to bring back weekly bin collections". The Herald. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-05-22. 
  6. ^ "Tributes after provost loses fight with cancer". Edinburgh: The Scotsman. 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  7. ^ "Labour do a deal with LibDems and Tories to seize control of East Dunbartonshire". Milngavie Herald. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Councillor Charles Kennedy". 16 July 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "New Campsie and Kirkintilloch North Councillor Elected". 14 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  10. ^ http://www.lenzieacademy.e-dunbarton.sch.uk/_files/S%20and%20Q%20Report%202010-11.pdf

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