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East Dunbartonshire
Aest Dunbartanshire
Siorrachd Dhùn Bhreatainn an Ear
East Dunbartonshire Logo.svg
Location of East Dunbartonshire within Scotland
Location of East Dunbartonshire within Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Lieutenancy area Dunbartonshire
Admin HQ Kirkintilloch
 • Body East Dunbartonshire Council
 • Total 67.4 sq mi (174.5 km2)
Area rank Ranked 27th
 • Total 108,330
 • Rank Ranked 20th
 • Density 1,607.9/sq mi (620.80/km2)
ONS code S12000045
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, 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.


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.

Political composition

As a result of the 2007 election, the Scottish Liberal Democrats 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.

The 2007 council was controlled by a Labour/Conservative coalition due to no single party having overall control. The leader of the council was Labour councillor Rhondda Geekie and the position of provost (initially Labour councillor Alex Hannah) was subsequently held by Lib Dem councillor Eric Gotts. The depute leader and depute provost were the Conservative councillors Billy Hendry and Anne Jarvis.

The 2012 council was controlled by a three-way Labour/Lib-Dem/Conservative coalition due to no single party having overall control. 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. The subsequent by-election took place on 13 September, where Gemma Welsh (Scottish Labour) was elected. Thereafter the EDIA was voluntarily deregistered, its remaining councillor, Jack Young, continuing as an independent.

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 Conservative's Billy Hendry resumed the role of depute council leader.

Party Councillors
Scottish National Party 8 8 8 8 8
Labour 15 11 9 7 6 6 6 8 9
Conservative 2 3 3 3 5 4 4 2 2
Liberal Democrat 9 10 12 12 3 4 3 3 3
ED Independent Alliance 2 2 2 2 2
Independent 1 1 2
Total 26 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 22

Chief Executives

Cornelius Mallon (April 1995 – June 1999)
Vicki Nash (June 1999 – February 2004)
Sue Bruce (August 2004 – November 2008)
Gerry Cornes (January 2009 – present)

Towns and villages

– Woodilee Village

  • Milngavie
  • Milton of Campsie
  • Torrance
  • Twechar
  • Waterside

Places of interest


Secondary schools

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

Closed schools

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

Primary schools

Baldernock Primary
Baljaffray Primary
Balmuildy Primary
Bearsden Primary
Castlehill Primary
Clober Primary
Colquhoun Park Primary
Craigdhu Primary
Craighead Primary
Gartconner Primary
Harestanes Primary
Hillhead Primary
Holy Family Primary
Holy Trinity Primary
Killermont Primary
Lairdsland Primary
Lennoxtown Primary
Lenzie Meadow Primary
Meadowburn Primary Gaelic Unit
Meadowburn Primary
Millersneuk Primary
Milngavie Primary
Mosshead Primary
Oxgang Primary
St. Andrew's Primary
St. Helen's Primary
St. Machan's Primary
St. Matthew's Primary
Thomas Muir Primary
Torrance Primary
Twechar Primary
Wester Cleddens Primary
Westerton Primary
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