Falkirk (council area)

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An Eaglais Bhreac
Flag of Falkirk
Falkirk in Scotland.svg
Admin HQ Falkirk
 • Body Falkirk Council
 • Control SNP minority (council NOC)
 • MPs
 • MSPs
 • Total 114.8 sq mi (297.4 km2)
Area rank Ranked 22nd
Population (mid-2016 est.)
 • Total 159,400
 • Rank Ranked 11th
 • Density 1,390/sq mi (535/km2)
ONS code S12000014
ISO 3166 code GB-FAL
Website www.falkirk.gov.uk

Falkirk (Scots: Fawkirk, Scottish Gaelic: An Eaglais Bhreac) 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.

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

The Current Council Is Led By The SNP. They Won 12 Seats in The 2017 Council Election.

The Current Leader Of Falkirk Council Is Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn The Current Provost Is Billy Buchanan The Current Depute Provost Is Ann Ritchie

Towns and villages

Council political composition

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 wards

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)


See also: Category:Education in Falkirk (council area), Category:Schools in Falkirk (council area)

Falkirk has 8 secondary schools, 50 primary schools and 5 schools for children with additional support needs. Further education is provided by the Falkirk campus of Forth Valley College.


  1. ^ http://www.falkirk.gov.uk/services/council-democracy/elections-voting/election-results/local-election-results/

External links

  • Falkirk Council Website
  • Falkirk (council area) at Curlie (based on DMOZ)
  • Falkirk Community Trust Website
  • Royal National Mod, Falkirk 10-18 Oct 2008
  • Things to do around Falkirk
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