South Lanarkshire

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South Lanarkshire
Sooth Lanrikshire
Siorrachd Lannraig a Deas
South Lanarkshire in Scotland.svg
Arms slanarkshire.jpg
Coat of arms
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Coordinates: 55°36′N3°47′W / 55.600°N 3.783°W / 55.600; -3.783 Coordinates: 55°36′N3°47′W / 55.600°N 3.783°W / 55.600; -3.783
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Lieutenancy area Lanarkshire
Admin HQ Hamilton
Government
  BodySouth Lanarkshire Council
Almada Street
Hamilton
South Lanarkshire
ML3 0AA
southlanarkshire.gov.uk
  Control SNP minority (council NOC)
   MPs
   MSPs
Area
  Total684 sq mi (1,772 km2)
Area rank Ranked 11th
Population
 (mid-2019 est.)
  Total319,020
  Rank Ranked 5th
  Density470/sq mi (180/km2)
ONS code S12000029
ISO 3166 code GB-SLK
Website www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk

South Lanarkshire (Scots : Sooth Lanrikshire; Scottish Gaelic : Siorrachd Lannraig a Deas) is one of 32 unitary authorities of Scotland. It borders the south-east of the City of Glasgow and contains some of Greater Glasgow's suburbs,also containing many towns and villages. It also shares borders with Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire, the Scottish Borders and West Lothian. It includes part of the historic county of Lanarkshire.

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South Lanarkshire Council

South Lanarkshire Council has its headquarters in Hamilton, has 16,000 employees, and a budget of almost £1bn. The large and varied geographical territory takes in rural and upland areas, market towns such as Lanark, Strathaven and Carluke, the urban burghs of Rutherglen, Cambuslang, and East Kilbride which was Scotland's first new town. The area was formed in 1996 from the areas of Clydesdale, [1] Hamilton and East Kilbride districts, and some outer areas of Glasgow district (Rutherglen/Fernhill, Cambuslang/Halfway and part of King's Park/Toryglen); all were previously within the Strathclyde region from 1975 but in historic Lanarkshire prior to that. [2] [3] [4] [5]

Leadership

South Lanarkshire operates a cabinet style system, with key decisions being taken by the Executive Committee, under the leadership of the Council Leader, [6] and approved by the council, led by the provost.

The first leader of South Lanarkshire Council, selected from among the sitting councillors, was Tom McCabe who previously held the same office at Hamilton District. [7] When McCabe was elected as an MSP in 1999, the role went to his deputy Eddie McAvoy - brother of one of the region's MPs Tommy McAvoy - who held the post for the next 18 years until his retirement ahead of the 2017 election. [8] [9] The new leader from 2017 was John Ross. [10]

The ambassadorial role of provost is also filled by one of the serving councillors. [11] Office holders include:

Political composition

PartyCouncillors [20]
Scottish National Party 24
Labour 17
Conservative 13
Independent 6
Liberal Democrats 3

Elections

Wards

In the council's initial 12 years, individual wards (73 in 1995, adjusted down to 67 in 1999 and 2003) each electing one councillor using the First past the post method. [21] [22]

Since the 2007 South Lanarkshire Council election, there are 20 council wards in South Lanarkshire, [23] each serving a population ranging from 13,000 to 20,000 [24] and each ward represented on the council by 3 or 4 councillors elected using single transferable vote; in 2007 and 2012 this produced a total of 67 available seats, which was adjusted down to 64 in 2017 along with boundary adjustments, although the same number of wards overall.

Map of South Lanarkshire's 20 wards, using 2017 boundaries South Lanarkshire UK ward map 2017 (blank).svg
Map of South Lanarkshire's 20 wards, using 2017 boundaries
NumberWard NameSeats
(2017)
Population
(2018)
1 Clydesdale West 419,124
2 Clydesdale North 314,777
3 Clydesdale South 313,065
4 Clydesdale South 314,647
5 Avondale and Stonehouse 317,089
6 East Kilbride South 316,688
7 East Kilbride Central South 316,177
8 East Kilbride Central North 316,799
9 East Kilbride West 313,695
10 East Kilbride East 314,308
11 Rutherglen South 315,448
12 Rutherglen Central and North 314,489
13 Cambuslang West 314,177
14 Cambuslang East 316,915
15 Blantyre 316,127
16 Bothwell and Uddingston 313,187
17 Hamilton North and East 315,036
18 Hamilton West and Earnock 418,618
19 Hamilton South 421,793
20 Larkhall 418,444
Overall Total64320,530

Council Headquarters

South Lanarkshire Council Headquarters SouthLanarkshireCouncilHQ.JPG
South Lanarkshire Council Headquarters

The Council Headquarters building, on Almada Street, Hamilton, was built as the Lanark County Buildings in 1963, and designed by Lanark council architect D G Bannerman, [25] [26] [27] [28] replacing Hamilton Townhouse in the function. The 17 storey, 165 feet (50 m) tower is the largest in Hamilton, is Category A-listed, and is a highly visible landmark across this part of the Clyde Valley. The modernist design was influenced by the United Nations building in New York City. Glass curtain walls cover the north and south facades, with the narrow east and west sides being blank white walls. At the front of the building is the circular council chamber, and a plaza with water features. It is known by locals as the "County Buildings".

Towns and villages

Principal settlements (and populations)

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Other settlements

Places of interest

Tertiary education

See also

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Cambuslang West (ward)

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Cambuslang East (ward)

Cambuslang East is one of the twenty wards used to elect members of the South Lanarkshire Council. Created in 2007, it elects three councillors.

Elections to South Lanarkshire Council were held on 6 April 1995, the same day as the other mainland Scottish local government elections.

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  6. Council leader, South Lanarkshire Council
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  8. South Lanarkshire Council leader Eddie McAvoy to stand down at next election, Daily Record, 30 June 2016
  9. Former Rutherglen council leader praised for leaving a "legacy" for South Lanarkshire children, Daily Record, 20 January 2020
  10. Row over Council Leader's 'F*** the Union' tweet rumbles on, Daily Record, 14 November 2019
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  12. Chatelherault Country Park opened to the public 30 years ago today, Daily Record, 30 September 2017
  13. 20 Years Ago, East Kilbride News, 22 May 2019, via PressReader
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  15. Russell Clearie, Cambuslang Bowling Club
  16. A day in the life of Russell Clearie, Daily Record, 18 June 2008
  17. Carluke councillor Eileen Logan becomes new Provost of South Lanarkshire, Carluke Gazette, 23 May 2012
  18. New display unit highlights Bothwell's history, Daily Record, 26 November 2016
  19. Things get Biggar and better for SNP as it appoints provost, Carluke Gazette, 24 May 2017
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