Siorrachd Dhùn Bhreatainn an Ear
|Coordinates: 55°56′N 4°13′W / 55.933°N 4.217°WCoordinates: 55°56′N 4°13′W / 55.933°N 4.217°W|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|• Body||East Dunbartonshire Council|
|• Control||Scottish National Party minority (council NOC)|
|• Total||67.4 sq mi (174.5 km2)|
|• Rank||Ranked 27th|
|• Rank||Ranked 20th|
|• Density||1,600/sq mi (620/km2)|
|ISO 3166 code||GB-EDU|
East Dunbartonshire (Scots: Aest Dunbartanshire; Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Bhreatainn an Ear) is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland. It borders the north of Glasgow and contains many of the affluent areas to the north of the city, including Bearsden, Milngavie, Milton Of Campsie, Balmore and Torrance, as well as many of the city's commuter towns and villages. East Dunbartonshire also shares borders with North Lanarkshire, Stirling and West Dunbartonshire. The council area covers parts 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 the former Bearsden and Milngavie district and most of the former Strathkelvin district (all areas except Chryston and Auchinloch, which became part of North Lanarkshire council area), within 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.
In a 2007 Reader's Digest poll, East Dunbartonshire was voted the best place in Britain to raise a family. The area continually tops the Halifax Bank Quality of Life list. In 2010 East Dunbartonshire ranked 3rd in Scotland and was the only Scottish area in the British Top 20 in 2008 A Legatum Prosperity Index published by the Legatum Institute in October 2016 showed East Dunbartonshire as the most prosperous council area in Scotland and the ninth most prosperous in the United Kingdom.
At the first election to East Dunbartonshire Council in April 1995, 26 councillors were elected for a four-year term. Labour gained an outright majority and formed a single-party administration, headed by Charles Kennedy and Michael McCarron as leader and depute leader, with John Dempsey and Ann Cameron taking the civic posts of Provost and Depute Provost. Cllr Kennedy was the then leader of Strathkelvin District Council, and continued to hold that post during the shadow year of East Dunbartonshire until the final abolition of the district council in April 1996.
The Liberal Democrats and Conservatives were the only other parties represented on East Dunbartonshire Council and sat in opposition for the next four years.
The number of councillors was reduced to 24 at the May 1999 election, when the Labour Party was again returned as the largest group, but without an overall majority. At the statutory meeting, Charles Kennedy and Rhondda Geekie were appointed as leader and depute leader of a minority Labour administration, but the Provost and Depute Provost roles were taken by Lib Dem councillor Robin McSkimming and Conservative councillor Anne Jarvis. Within a few months, the Labour administration fell, and with support from the Conservatives, the Lib Dem councillors Keith Moody and John Morrison took over as leader and depute leader of a new administration in which members of both the Lib Dem and Conservative groups held the various convenerships.
At the May 2003 election, the Liberal Democrats further increased their representation on the council, securing 12 out of the 24 seats. With the reduced Labour group declining to put forward nominations, Lib Dem councillors Pat Steel and Cathy McInnes became Provost and Depute Provost, and John Morrison and Fiona Risk leader and depute leader. For the next four years the Lib Dems ran a single party administration that relied, when necessary, on the casting vote of the chair. June 2004 saw the emergence of the East Dunbartonshire Independent Alliance, when Jack Young and former council leader Charles Kennedy, who had been elected as Labour councillors the previous year, formed a fourth group on East Dunbartonshire Council.
As a result of the 2007 election, the Scottish Liberal Democrats were reduced to three councillors and 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. Although the SNP were elected as the largest group (winning their first ever councillors on East Dunbartonshire Council), the administration became a Labour/Conservative coalition due to no single party having overall control.
The leader of the council was Labour councillor Rhondda Geekie and the provost was Labour councillor Alex Hannah. The depute leader and depute provost were the Conservative councillors Billy Hendry and Anne Jarvis. When Provost Hannah died in April 2009, his seat was held by Labour's Alan Moir, although he was succeeded as provost by Lib Dem councillor Eric Gotts.
In December 2009, Lib Dem representation increased briefly to 4, following Ashay Ghai's win in the Bearsden South by-election caused by the resignation of the Conservatives' Simon Hutchison. However, their numbers reverted to 3 in June 2011, when Lib Dem councillor Duncan Cumming resigned from the party citing issues relating to the Liberal Democrats' role in the UK coalition government, sitting thereafter as an independent.
The 2012 election again returned a council where no single party had overall control, and the administration became a three-way Labour/Lib-Dem/Conservative coalition. 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, and the subsequent by-election took place on 13 September, when Gemma Welsh (Scottish Labour) was elected. Thereafter the EDIA was voluntarily deregistered, its remaining councillor, Jack Young, continuing as an independent for the remainder of his term, finally retiring from the council in May 2017.
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 Conservatives' Billy Hendry resumed the role of depute council leader.
The number of seats on the local council was reduced to 22 at the 2017 election, where a number of long-standing councillors from all parties announced their intention to stand down. No single party gained overall control, the SNP being elected as the largest group with 7 members. The Conservatives gained their highest ever number of councillors with 6, equaling the LibDems, who doubled their representation, while Labour were reduced to 2. Labour's Rhondda Geekie, leader of the council since 2007, and Ian Mackay, the SNP Group Leader, lost their seats.
Following the election, the Conservative and LibDem groups, who together formed a majority on the council, combined to secure the civic offices and various external appointments, the position of Provost being filled by Conservative Councillor Alan Brown and Depute Provost by LibDem Councillor Gary Pews. However, with the 2017 general election just weeks away, the two groups abstained on each other's nominations for the political posts, allowing the SNP to form a minority administration with Cllr Gordan Low as Leader and Cllr Gillian Renwick as Depute.
Thereafter, the Conservative and LibDem groups continued to vote together, and matters came to a head when a revised redundancy policy was pushed through against the opposition of the SNP administration. After a motion by the council leader calling for the policy to be withdrawn was rejected by Conservative and LibDem councillors, the administration stood down on 21 December 2017.
For the next few months the council functioned without an official administration, and then on 20 March 2018 Conservative Leader Councillor Andrew Polson and Lib Dem Leader Vaughan Moody were elected as Co-Leaders of the new Joint Administration, a first in East Dunbartonshire. Shortly thereafter the new redundancy policy was suspended in the face of potential industrial action.
Provost Brown died suddenly in November 2021, and was succeeded as provost by his depute, Cllr Pews. However, due to the proximity of the May 2022 council elections, both the former Provost's seat and the Depute Provost's position were left unfilled for the remainder of the council term. In January 2022, Cllr Sheila Mechan announced her resignation from the Conservative group, citing differences with her values at UK, Scottish and Association level, and served out the remainder of the council term as an independent, reducing the joint administration to a minority for its final four months.
At the 2022 council election, the Conservative group fell back to 3 seats, the SNP and Labour increasing their representation to 8 and 4 respectively. The LibDems stayed on 6, although former Depute Provost Gary Pews, who had succeeded the Conservative's Alan Brown as Provost in December 2022, lost his seat.
On 19 May 2022 a new SNP administration took office, with Cllr Gordan Low elected as Leader and Cllr Calum Smith appointed as Depute. Cllr Gillian Renwick was appointed as the first SNP Provost of East Dunbartonshire, and the first to represent a Kirkintilloch seat. Labour's Cllr Colette McDiarmid was elected as Depute Provost.
|Scottish National Party||8||8||8||8||8||7||7||8|
|ED Independent Alliance||2||2||2||2||2|
Since 2007, the council (as with all others in Scotland) has been elected using multi-member wards, each returning three councillors using a single transferable vote system of proportional representation. Initially this retained the number of councillors at 24 following on from the same number of single-member wards in previous elections, divided equally across eight wards. However, a national boundary and population review prior to the 2017 Scottish local elections led to the number of East Dunbartonshire wards being reduced to seven and the number of councillors being reduced to 22. These current wards are:
|4||Bishopbriggs North and Campsie||4||19,323|
|6||Kirkintilloch East and North and Twechar||3||18,251|
|7||Lenzie and Kirkintilloch South||3||13,475|
|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 – May 2017)|
|Alan Brown||(Conservative)||(May 2017 – November 2021)|
|Gary Pews||(Lib Dem)||(December 2021 – May 2022)|
|Gillian Renwick||(SNP)||(May 2022 – present)|
|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 – May 2017)|
|Gary Pews||(Lib Dem)||(May 2017 – December 2021)|
|Colette McDiarmid||(Labour)||(May 2022 – present)|
|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 – May 2017)|
|Gordan Low||(SNP)||(May 2017 – December 2017)|
|(May 2022 – present)|
|Vaughan Moody||(Lib Dem)||(March 2018 – May 2022)|
|Andrew Polson||(Conservative)||(March 2018 – May 2022)|
|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 – May 2017)|
|Gillian Renwick||(SNP)||(May 2017 – December 2017)|
|Calum Smith||(SNP)||(May 2022 – present)|
|Scottish National Party||Ian Mackay||May 2007||May 2017|
|Gordan Low||May 2017||present|
|Labour||Charles Kennedy||April 1995||May 2000|
|Rhondda Geekie||May 2000||May 2003|
|Alex Hannah||May 2003||May 2007|
|Rhondda Geekie||May 2007||May 2017|
|Alan Moir||May 2017||present|
|Conservative||Billy Hendry||April 1995||May 2017|
|Andrew Polson||May 2017||June 2022|
|Billy Hendry||June 2022||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||May 2017|
|Vaughan Moody||May 2017||present|
|ED Independent Alliance||Charles Kennedy||June 2004||July 2012|
|Scottish National Party||Gordan Low||May 2007||May 2017|
|Gillian Renwick||May 2017||present|
|Labour||Michael McCarron||April 1995||May 1999|
|Rhondda Geekie||May 1999||May 2000|
|Tom Smith||May 2000||May 2003|
|Rhondda Geekie||May 2003||May 2007|
|Michael O'Donnell||May 2007||May 2012|
|Alan Moir||May 2012||May 2017|
|Stewart MacDonald||May 2017||May 2022|
|Colette McDiarmid||May 2022||present|
|Conservative||Ian Miller||April 1995||May 1999|
|Anne Jarvis||May 1999||May 2007|
|Amanda Stewart||May 2007||May 2012|
|Anne Jarvis||May 2012||May 2017|
|Billy Hendry||May 2017||June 2022|
|Alix Mathieson||June 2022||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||May 2017|
|Susan Murray||May 2017||present|
|ED Independent Alliance||Jack Young||June 2004||October 2012|
|Independent||Duncan Cumming||June 2011||present|
|Sheila Mechan||January 2022||May 2022|
|Jack Young||October 2012||May 2017|
|Cornelius Mallon||(April 1995 – June 1999)|
|Vicki Nash||(June 1999 – February 2004)|
|Sue Bruce||(August 2004 – November 2008)|
|Gerry Cornes||(January 2009 – present)|
|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||2009||Kirkintilloch, Twechar and Milton of Campsie|
|Lenzie Academy||1296||1886||Lenzie, South Kirkintilloch, Auchinloch and Lennoxtown|
|St Ninian's High School, Kirkintilloch||760||1874||Kirkintilloch, Milngavie, Lenzie, Lennoxtown, Twechar and Milton of Campsie|
|Turnbull High School||673||1976||Bishopbriggs|
Bishopbriggs High School
Thomas Muir High School
Auchinairn Primary School
Gask House Primary School
Lenzie Primary School
Lenzie Moss Primary School
St Agatha's Primary School
St Flannan's Primary School
St Joseph's Primary School
Woodhill Primary School
|Colquhoun Park Primary|
|Holy Family Primary|
|Holy Trinity Primary|
|Lenzie Meadow Primary|
|Meadowburn Primary Gaelic Unit|
|St. Andrew's Primary|
|St. Helen's Primary|
|St. Machan's Primary|
|St. Matthew's Primary|
|Thomas Muir Primary|
|Wester Cleddens Primary|