West Dunbartonshire

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West Dunbartonshire
Wast Dunbartanshire
Siorrachd Dhùn Breatann an Iar
West Dunbartonshire in Scotland.svg
Coat of arms of West DunbartonshireWast DunbartanshireSiorrachd Dhùn Breatann an Iar
Coat of arms
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
Admin HQ Dumbarton
 • Body West Dunbartonshire Council
 • Control SNP + Ind
 • MPs
 • MSPs
 • Total 61.3 sq mi (158.8 km2)
Area rank Ranked 31st
Population (mid-2017 est.)
 • Total 89,600
 • Rank Ranked 26th
 • Density 1,460/sq mi (564/km2)
ONS code S12000039
ISO 3166 code GB-WDU
Website http://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/

West Dunbartonshire (Scots: Wast Dunbartanshire; Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Breatann an Iar, pronounced [ʃirˠəxk 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.

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[edit]

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[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.[4]

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