West Dunbartonshire

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West Dunbartonshire
Wast Dunbairtonshire
Siorrachd Dhùn Breatann an Iar
Coat of arms of West Dunbartonshire
Official logo of West Dunbartonshire
West Dunbartonshire in Scotland.svg
Coordinates: 55°59′24″N 4°30′54″W / 55.99000°N 4.51500°W / 55.99000; -4.51500Coordinates: 55°59′24″N 4°30′54″W / 55.99000°N 4.51500°W / 55.99000; -4.51500
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Lieutenancy areaDunbartonshire
Admin HQDumbarton
 • BodyWest Dunbartonshire Council
 • MPs
 • MSPs
 • Total61.3 sq mi (158.8 km2)
 • RankRanked 31st
 • Total89,130
 • RankRanked 26th
 • Density1,500/sq mi (560/km2)
ONS codeS12000039
ISO 3166 codeGB-WDU

West Dunbartonshire (Scots: Wast Dunbairtonshire; 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. West Dunbartonshire also borders Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and Stirling.

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; however the council, elected as a shadow authority in 1995, resolved to change the name of the area to West Dunbartonshire.[1]

The West Dunbartonshire area is essentially composed of three parts: the towns of Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven District. The council is administered from 16 Church Street in Dumbarton (the old Dumbarton Burgh Hall), although Clydebank is the largest town.

Governance and politics[edit]

The council after the 2017 election

The council is run by 22 councillors elected from 6 wards.[2] The 2022 election resulted in the following political composition:[3]

Party Councillors
Labour 12
Scottish National Party 9
West Dunbartonshire Community Party 1


Map of the area's wards (2017 configuration)

Six multi-member wards were created for the 2007 election, replacing 22 single-member wards which had been in place since the creation of the council in 1995:[4]


Independence referendum[edit]

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.[5]

Towns and villages[edit]

Main sights[edit]


  1. ^ "The Scottish Network 2 Tourist Board Scheme Amendment Order 2004".
  2. ^ "West Dunbartonshire Council May 2007 to present". Enline pic. Archived from the original on 31 July 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2007.
  3. ^ "4 May 2017 Council Election Results". www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk.
  4. ^ "United Kingdom: Scotland | Council Areas and Electoral Wards". City Population. 30 June 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Indyref". BBC. Retrieved 19 September 2014.

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