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East Dunbartonshire
Aest Dunbartanshire
Siorrachd Dhùn Bhreatainn an Ear
East Dunbartonshire in Scotland.svg
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Admin HQ Kirkintilloch
ISO 3166-2 GB-EDU
ONS code S12000045
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East Dunbartonshire Council
MPs * John Nicolson, Scottish National Party
  • Stuart McDonald, Scottish National Party
MSPs * Gil Paterson, Scottish National Party
  • Rona Mackay, Scottish National Party

East Dunbartonshire (Scots: Aest Dunbartanshire; Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Bhreatainn an Ear) is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland. It borders onto the north-west of the City of Glasgow. It contains many of the suburbs of Glasgow as well as many of the city's commuter towns and villages. East Dunbartonshire also shares a border with North Lanarkshire, Stirling and West Dunbartonshire. The council area covers part 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 part of the former Bearsden and Milngavie and Strathkelvin districts of 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.

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

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