Siorrachd Dhùn Breatann an Iar
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|• Body||West Dunbartonshire Council|
|• Total||61.3 sq mi (158.8 km2)|
|• Rank||Ranked 31st|
|• Rank||Ranked 26th|
|• Density||1,500/sq mi (560/km2)|
|ISO 3166 code||GB-WDU|
West Dunbartonshire (Scots: Wast Dunbairtonshire; Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Breatann an Iar, pronounced [ˈʃirˠəxk ɣum ˈpɾʲɛht̪ən̪ˠ əɲ ˈiəɾ]) is one of the 32 local government council areas of Scotland. The area lies to the north-west of the Glasgow City council area and contains many of Glasgow's commuter towns and villages. West Dunbartonshire also borders Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and Stirling.
The council area was formed in 1996 from the former Clydebank district and the eastern part of Dumbarton district, which had both been part of Strathclyde Region.
West Dunbartonshire has three main urban areas: Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven. The area also includes the intervening rural areas, including the Kilpatrick Hills and the south-eastern bank of Loch Lomond. The council is based at 16 Church Street in Dumbarton, although Clydebank is the largest town.
West Dunbartonshire was created in 1996 under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, which abolished the regions and districts which had been created in 1975, replacing them with unitary council areas. West Dunbartonshire covered the area of the abolished Clydebank district and the eastern part of Dumbarton district. In a referendum in 1994 the largely rural western part of the old Dumbarton district, including the town of Helensburgh, had voted to join Argyll and Bute rather than stay with Dumbarton.
The 1994 act originally named the new district "Dumbarton and Clydebank", but the shadow authority elected in 1995 requested a change of name to "West Dunbartonshire", which was agreed by the government before the new council area came into force.
The area is divided into 17 community council areas, 10 of which have community councils as at 2023 (being those with asterisks in the list below):
since 18 May 2022
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|Single transferable vote|
|6 May 2022|
|6 May 2027|
|Burgh Hall, 16 Church Street, Dumbarton, G82 1QL|
The council comprises 22 councillors elected from 6 wards.
The first election was held in 1995, initially operating as a shadow authority alongside the outgoing authorities until the new system came into force on 1 April 1996. Political control of West Dunbartonshire Council since 1996 has been as follows:
|Party in control||Years|
|No overall control||2007–2012|
|No overall control||2017–2022|
|No overall control||2022–|
The leaders of the council since 1996 have been:
|Mary Campbell||Labour||1 Apr 1996||Jun 1997|
|Andy White||Labour||Jun 1997||20 Dec 2006|
|Martin Rooney||Labour||20 Dec 2006||12 Mar 2007|
|Denis Agnew||Independent||12 Mar 2007||May 2007|
|Iain Robertson||SNP||16 May 2007||26 May 2010|
|Ronnie McColl||SNP||26 May 2010||3 May 2012|
|Martin Rooney||Labour||16 May 2012||May 2017|
|Jonathan McColl||SNP||17 May 2017||May 2022|
|Martin Rooney||Labour||18 May 2022|
The council is based at the former Burgh Hall at 16 Church Street in Dumbarton. It also has an area office in the main shopping centre in Clydebank.
When the council was created in 1996, it inherited several buildings from its predecessors, including Municipal Buildings and Crosslet House from Dumbarton District Council, Clydebank Town Hall and the nearby Council Offices on Rosebery Place from Clydebank District Council, and the County Buildings, Dumbarton from Strathclyde Regional Council.
The council gradually consolidated its offices, with Crosslet House being demolished in 2015, the Rosebery Place offices being demolished in 2017, and the County Buildings being demolished in 2019.
In 2018 the council consolidated most of its offices to Burgh Hall, which had been vacant for some years. The front part of the 1866 building was retained and a modern office complex built to the rear. The Municipal Buildings in Dumbarton are still used by the council as a register office, whilst Clydebank Town Hall is now primarily an events venue.
Since 2007 elections have been held every five years under the single transferable vote system, introduced by the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004. Election results since 1995 have been as follows:
|Year||Seats||Labour||SNP||Conservative||Independent / Other||Notes|
|1999||22||14||7||0||1||New ward boundaries.|
|2007||22||10||9||0||3[b]||New ward boundaries.|
|2017||22||8||10||2||2[d]||New ward boundaries.|
Since the 2022 election, one Labour councillor was suspended from the party in November 2022, meaning Labour lost its majority on the council which is therefore now under no overall control. One SNP councillor resigned from the party in January 2023. Both now sit as independents.
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:
|Ward number||Ward||Location||Largest settlement||Additional settlements||Seats|
|1||Lomond||Balloch||Gartocharn, Jamestown, Levenvale, Mill of Haldane||3|
|2||Leven||Alexandria||Bonhill, Dalmonach, Renton, Dumbarton (northern parts)||4|
|6||Clydebank Waterfront||Clydebank||Old Kilpatrick||4|
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.
Largest settlements by population:
|Settlement||Population (mid-2020 est.)|