West Dunbartonshire

West Dunbartonshire (Scots: Wast Dunbartanshire; Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Breatann an Iar, pronounced [ˈʃirˠəxk 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. West Dunbartonshire also borders Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and Stirling.

West Dunbartonshire

Wast Dunbartanshire
Siorrachd Dhùn Breatann an Iar
Coat of arms
Coordinates: 55°59′24″N 4°30′54″W
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Lieutenancy areaDunbartonshire
Admin HQDumbarton
  BodyWest Dunbartonshire Council
  • Martin Docherty
  MSPsDunbarton Jackie Baillie Labour
  Total61.3 sq mi (158.8 km2)
Area rankRanked 31st
 (mid-2019 est.)
  RankRanked 26th
  Density1,500/sq mi (560/km2)
ONS codeS12000039
ISO 3166 codeGB-WDU

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; however the council, elected as a shadow authority in 1995, resolved to change the name of the area to West Dunbartonshire.[1]

The West Dunbartonshire area is essentially composed of three parts: the towns of Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven District. The council is administered from 16 Church Street in Dumbarton (the old Dumbarton Burgh Hall), although Clydebank is the largest town.

Governance and politics

The council after the 2017 election

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


Map of the area's wards (2017 configuration)

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:[4]


Independence referendum

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.[5]

Towns and villages

Main sights


  1. Footnote to Scottish Statutory Instrument 2004 No. 465
  2. "West Dunbartonshire Council May 2007 to present". Enline pic. Archived from the original on 31 July 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2007.
  3. 4 May 2017 Council Election Results - West Dunbartonshire
  4. "United Kingdom: Scotland | Council Areas and Electoral Wards". City Population. 30 June 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  5. "Indyref". BBC. Retrieved 19 September 2014.