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Falkirk Council (/ˈfɔːlkɜːrk/) is one of 32 unitary authority council areas of Scotland. It was formed on 1 April 1996 from the exact boundaries of Falkirk District Council by way of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994. Prior to 1975 the majority of the council area was part of the county of Stirlingshire, and a small part, namely Bo'ness and Blackness, was part of the former county of West Lothian.

Falkirk
Flag of Falkirk
Flag
Falkirk in Scotland.svg
Admin HQFalkirk
Government
 • BodyFalkirk Council
 • ControlSNP minority (council NOC)
 • MPs
 • MSPs
Area
 • Total114.8 sq mi (297.4 km2)
Area rankRanked 22nd
Population
 (mid-2017 est.)
 • Total160,100
 • RankRanked 11th
 • Density1,390/sq mi (538/km2)
ONS codeS12000014
ISO 3166 codeGB-FAL
Websitewww.falkirk.gov.uk

The council area borders with North Lanarkshire, Stirling and West Lothian, and, across the Firth of Forth to the northeast, Clackmannanshire and Fife.

The council is led by the SNP which gained 12 seats in the 2017 Council Election. The incumbent leader of is councillor Cecil Meiklejohn; the provost is Billy Buchanan and the deputy provost is Ann Ritchie.

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Council political compositionEdit

Following the elections on 4 May 2017, the composition of Falkirk Council is as follows:[1]

Party Councillors
Scottish National Party 12
Labour 9
Conservative 7
Independent 2

Electoral wardsEdit

For the purposes of elections to Falkirk Council, the Falkirk area is divided geographically into a number of wards which then elect either three or four councillors each by the Single Transferable Vote system. The electoral system of local councils in Scotland is governed by the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, an Act of the Scottish Parliament which first introduced proportional representation to councils. These electoral wards are as follows:

  • Ward 1 - Bo'ness and Blackness (3 councillors)
  • Ward 2 - Grangemouth (4 councillors)
  • Ward 3 - Denny and Banknock (4 councillors)
  • Ward 4 - Carse, Kinnaird and Tryst (4 councillors)
  • Ward 5 - Bonnybridge and Larbert (3 councillors)
  • Ward 6 - Falkirk North (4 councillors)
  • Ward 7 - Falkirk South (4 councillors)
  • Ward 8 - Lower Braes (3 councillors)
  • Ward 9 - Upper Braes (3 councillors)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Local election results 2017 | Falkirk Council".

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