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Coordinates: 56°00′04″N 3°47′02″W / 56.001°N 3.784°W / 56.001; -3.784

Falkirk
an Eaglais Bhreac
Fawkirk
Location
ScotlandFalkirk.png
Geography
Area Ranked 22nd
 - Total 297 km2 (115 sq mi)
 - % Water  ?
Admin HQ Falkirk
ISO 3166-2 GB-FAL
ONS code 00QQ
Demographics
Population Ranked 11th
 - Total (2008) 151,600
 - Density 510 /km2 (1,321 /sq mi)
Politics
Falkirk Council Crest.png
Falkirk Council
http://www.falkirk.gov.uk/
Control Labour/Independent/Conservative
MPs
MSPs

Falkirk (Scots: Fawkirk, Scottish Gaelic: an Eaglais Bhreac) is one of the 32 unitary authority council areas in Scotland. It borders onto North Lanarkshire to the south west, Stirling to the north west, West Lothian to the south east and, across the Firth of Forth to the north east, Fife and Clackmannanshire. The council area 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.

From 2003–2007 the Council was led by an SNP/Independent coalition, but after the 2007 elections a Labour/Ind coalition of 16 councillors equalled the SNP/ Tory/ Independent 16, so a pack of cards was cut. Labour's card was higher than the SNP's.To form a stable administration Labour then formed a coalition with the 4 members of the Conservative and Independent Partnership.This Labour/Conservative /Independent coalition hold 18 seats compared to the 13 Snp and 1 non aligned Independent. The leader of the new administration is Councillor Linda Gow.

Contents

Area Forums

The council area is further divided into six Area Forums which represent aggregations of both council wards and community council areas. Forums are usually held every eight weeks or so and their membership consists of all councillors representing the area, a representative from each community council, the local unit commander from Central Scotland Police and nominees from other local community groups.

Communities

Bo'ness Area Forum
Braes Area Forum
Denny, Bonnybridge & Banknock Area Forum
Falkirk towns
Falkirk Area Forum
Grangemouth Area Forum
Larbert & Stenhousemuir Area Forum

Council political composition

Party Councillors
Labour 14
Scottish National Party 13
Independent 3
Conservative 2

External links

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