Siorrachd Dhùn Bhreatainn an Ear
|Coordinates: 55°56′N4°13′W / 55.933°N 4.217°W Coordinates: 55°56′N4°13′W / 55.933°N 4.217°W|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|• Body||East Dunbartonshire Council|
|• Control||Scottish National Party minority (council NOC)|
|• Total||67.4 sq mi (174.5 km2)|
|• Rank||Ranked 27th|
|• Rank||Ranked 20th|
|• Density||1,600/sq mi (620/km2)|
|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, Milton of Campsie, 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, which had been part of Strathclyde region.
East 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. East Dunbartonshire covered the area of the abolished Bearsden and Milngavie and Strathkelvin districts (except the Chryston and Auchinloch area from the latter, which went to North Lanarkshire). Both former districts had been in the Strathclyde region. 
Both of East Dunbartonshire's predecessor districts had been created in 1975 under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. The Bearsden and Milngavie district had been created covering Milngavie, Bearsden and adjoining areas from Dunbartonshire. The Strathkelvin district had been created covering Kirkintilloch and adjoining areas from Dunbartonshire, Bishopbriggs and adjoining areas from Lanarkshire, and the parishes of Baldernock and Campsie from Stirlingshire. 
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 has generally performed well in the Halifax Quality of Life survey; in 2010 it was ranked third in Scotland,  and it 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.
The area is divided into thirteen community council areas, twelve of which have community councils as at 2023 (being those with asterisks in the list below): 
since 19 May 2022
since 19 May 2022
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|Single transferable vote|
|6 May 2022|
|12 Strathkelvin Place, Kirkintilloch, G66 1XT|
The first election to East Dunbartonshire Council 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 the council since 1996 has been as follows: 
|Party in control||Years|
|No overall control||1999–|
The first leader of the council, Charles Kennedy, had been the last leader of the old Strathkelvin District Council. The leaders of East Dunbartonshire Council since 1996 have been: 
|Charles Kennedy||Labour||1 Apr 1996||Oct 1999|
|Keith Moody||Liberal Democrats||Oct 1999||May 2003|
|John Morrison||Liberal Democrats||8 May 2003||3 May 2007|
|Rhondda Geekie ||Labour||17 May 2007||4 May 2017|
|Gordan Low||SNP||23 May 2017||21 Dec 2017|
|Vaughan Moody||Liberal Democrats||20 Mar 2018||May 2022||Co-leaders|
|Gordan Low||SNP||19 May 2022|
Since 2012 the council has been based at 12 Strathkelvin Place in Kirkintilloch, which forms part of the Southbank Marina development adjoining the Forth and Clyde Canal. Prior to 2012 the council was based at Tom Johnston House at the junction of Lenzie Road and Civic Way in Kirkintilloch. Tom Johnston House had been built in 1985 as the headquarters for the old Strathkelvin District Council and was named after Tom Johnston (1881–1965), who was born in Kirkintilloch and had served as Secretary of State for Scotland during the Second World War.  Tom Johnston House was demolished in 2015.  The new council chamber at Strathkelvin Place is called Tom Johnston Chamber. 
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||SNP||Liberal Democrats||Labour||Conservative||Independent / Other||Notes|
|1999||24||1||10||10||3||0||New ward boundaries. |
|2007||24||8||3||6||5||2 [lower-alpha 1]||New ward boundaries. |
|2012||24||8||3||8||2||3 [lower-alpha 2]|
|2017||22||7||6||2||6||1||New ward boundaries. |
Since 2007, the council (as with all others in Scotland) has been elected using multi-member wards, each returning three councillors using a single transferable vote system of proportional representation. Initially this retained the number of councillors at 24 following on from the same number of single-member wards in previous elections, divided equally across eight wards. However, a national boundary and population review prior to the 2017 Scottish local elections led to the number of East Dunbartonshire wards being reduced to seven and the number of councillors being reduced to 22. These current wards are: 
|#||Ward Name||Seats||Population |
|4||Bishopbriggs North and Campsie||4||19,323|
|6||Kirkintilloch East and North and Twechar||3||18,251|
|7||Lenzie and Kirkintilloch South||3||13,475|
There are 8 secondary schools and 33 primary schools in the area.   The secondary schools are:
Bishopbriggs is a town in East Dunbartonshire, Scotland. It lies on the northern fringe of Greater Glasgow, approximately 4 miles (6 km) from the city centre. Historically in Lanarkshire, the area was once part of the historic parish of Cadder - originally lands granted by King William the Lion to the Bishop of Glasgow, Jocelin, in 1180. It was later part of the county of Lanarkshire, and then an independent burgh from 1964 to 1975. Today, Bishopbriggs' close geographic proximity to Glasgow now effectively makes it a suburb and commuter town of the city. The town's original Gaelic name Coille Dobhair reflects the name of the old parish of Cadder, but modern Gaelic usage uses Drochaid an Easbaig, a literal translation of Bishopbriggs. It was ranked the 2nd most desirable postcode in Scotland to live in following a study by the Centre for Economic and Business Research in 2015 and 2016.
Dunbartonshire or the County of Dumbarton is a historic county, lieutenancy area and registration county in the west central Lowlands of Scotland lying to the north of the River Clyde. Dunbartonshire borders Perthshire to the north, Stirlingshire to the east, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire to the south, and Argyllshire to the west.
Bearsden and Milngavie was, from 1975 to 1996, one of nineteen local government districts in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, covering an area north of the City of Glasgow.
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Strathkelvin is the strath (valley) of the River Kelvin in west central Scotland, lying north-east of Glasgow. The name Strathkelvin was used between 1975 and 1996 for one of nineteen local government districts in the Strathclyde region.
Kirkintilloch is a town and former barony burgh in East Dunbartonshire, Scotland. It lies on the Forth and Clyde Canal and on the south side of Strathkelvin, about 8 miles (13 km) northeast of central Glasgow. Historically part of Dunbartonshire, the town is the administrative home of East Dunbartonshire council area, its population in 2009 was estimated at 19,700 and its population in 2011 was 19,689.
East Dunbartonshire is a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster). It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. The seat is possibly best known for formerly being the constituency of Jo Swinson, the former Leader of the Liberal Democrats who was defeated at the 2019 general election. The current MP for the constituency is Amy Callaghan of the Scottish National Party (SNP).
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Clydebank and Milngavie is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament covering part of the council areas of East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire. It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election.It is also one of ten constituencies in the West Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to the ten constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.
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The East Dunbartonshire Independent Alliance was a minor political party operating in East Dunbartonshire, Scotland, represented on East Dunbartonshire Council until October 2012 by Jack Young, one of the three councillors for Kirkintilloch East & Twechar, and until July 2012 by Charles Kennedy, one of the three councillors for Campsie & Kirkintilloch North.
Turnbull High School is a co-educational comprehensive Secondary School located in Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland. The school was named after William Turnbull, Bishop of Glasgow from 1448 to 1454, and founder of the University of Glasgow in 1451, of which he was the first Chancellor. Whilst enrollment is open to pupils of all religious denominations and none, the School's religious ethos emphasises practice of Roman Catholic moral values both in the church and in the community, with its own Chaplain and many associated charitable and community-based activities undertaken.
Stewart MacDonald is a Scottish Labour Party local government councillor. He was elected to the East Kirkintilloch and Twechar Ward of East Dunbartonshire Council in the 2007 election. He is also a member of Kirkintilloch Community Council and the Bridgeton Burns Club, and was a director of the East Dunbartonshire Municipal Bank between 2007 and 2015 and the East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust from 2010 to the present.
The Kelvin Valley Railway was an independent railway designed to connect Kilsyth, an important mining town in central Scotland, with the railway network. It connected Kilsyth to Kirkintilloch and thence over other railways to the ironworks of Coatbridge, and to Maryhill, connecting onwards to the Queen's Dock at Stobcross.
Torrance railway station was opened in 1879 on the Kelvin Valley Railway and served the area of the village of Torrance in East Dunbartonshire until 1951 for passengers and 1959 for freight.
Bishopbriggs North and Campsie is one of the seven wards used to elect members of the East Dunbartonshire Council. It elects four Councillors.