Tayside

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Tayside
Taobh Tatha
Region
Tayside within Scotland
Area
2,903 sq mi (7519 km2)
Population
 • 1981 397,055[1]
 • 1991 392,500[1]
History
 • Preceded by Dundee Corporation
Perthshire County Council
Kinrosshire County Council
Angus County Council
 • Origin Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973
 • Created 15 May 1975
 • Abolished 31 March 1996
 • Succeeded by Dundee City Council
Perth & Kinross
Angus
Government Tayside Regional Council
 • Type Regional council
 • HQ Tayside House, Dundee
Subdivisions
 • Type Districts
 • Units Angus District Council
Dundee District Council
Perth & Kinross District Council

Tayside (Scottish Gaelic: Taobh Tatha) was a local government region of Scotland from 15 May 1975 to 31 March 1996. 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. Following the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, it is now 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 Group in 1997, and today trades as Xplore Dundee.

Tayside continues to have a joint electoral, valuation, and health board. It also 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.

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[edit]

Election Control Administration
1974 No overall control Conservative
1978 Conservative Conservative
1982 Conservative Conservative
1986 No overall control Labour
1990 No overall control Labour
1994 No overall control SNP

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tay Region Research Observatory, University of Dundee
  2. ^ "About Tayside Contracts". Tayside Contracts. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 

Coordinates: 56°42′N 3°44′W / 56.700°N 3.733°W / 56.700; -3.733