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.
Siorrachd Dhùn Breatann an Iarcode: gla promoted to code: gd
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|• Body||West Dunbartonshire Council|
|• MSPs||Dunbarton Jackie Baillie Labour
|• Total||61.3 sq mi (158.8 km2)|
|Area rank||Ranked 31st|
|• Rank||Ranked 26th|
|• Density||1,500/sq mi (560/km2)|
|ISO 3166 code||GB-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.
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 is run by 22 councillors elected from 6 wards. Following the 4 May 2017 election, resulted in the following political composition:
|Scottish National Party||10|
|West Dunbartonshire Community Party||1|
- Lomond (3 seats)
- Leven (4 seats)
- Dumbarton (4 seats)
- Kilpatrick (3 seats)
- Clydebank Central (4 seats)
- Clydebank Waterfront (4 seats)
- 1995 West Dunbartonshire Council election
- 1999 West Dunbartonshire Council election
- 2003 West Dunbartonshire Council election
- 2007 West Dunbartonshire Council election
- 2012 West Dunbartonshire Council election
- 2017 West Dunbartonshire Council election
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.
Towns and villages
- Old Kilpatrick
- Erskine Bridge
- Dumbarton Castle
- Inchmurrin, the largest freshwater island in the British Isles
- Kilpatrick Hills
- Loch Lomond
- Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
- Overtoun Bridge, a location known for a high number of dog deaths and at least one human death
- River Leven
- Footnote to Scottish Statutory Instrument 2004 No. 465
- "West Dunbartonshire Council May 2007 to present". Enline pic. Archived from the original on 31 July 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2007.
- 4 May 2017 Council Election Results - West Dunbartonshire
- "United Kingdom: Scotland | Council Areas and Electoral Wards". City Population. 30 June 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
- "Indyref". BBC. Retrieved 19 September 2014.