Scotland politics

East Ayrshire Council

  • The population of the council area stood at 120,210 in 2009. The authority has about 6,400 full-time posts.
  • East Ayrshire Councilhas a budget of about £330m.
  • In 1996 local government changes saw the district's area combining with that of Cumnock and Doon Valley to form East Ayrshire council.
  • Kilmarnock is the area's biggest town and home to its council headquarters.
  • It has nine multi-member wards, electing a total of 31 councillors.
  • At the end of March, the historic link betweenKilmarnock and Johnnie Walker whiskycome to an end after 192 years when the last Red Label was bottled at the Ayrshire plant.

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