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Multi Member Wards and Ward Profiles

Aberdeen City has 13 multi-member wards (electoral areas), and each ward elects either three or four Councillors to make up the Elected Membership of Aberdeen Council. The multi member ward system was introduced following recommendations made by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland and was enacted by the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004.  It was first used on 5 May 2007, and is designed to produce a form of proportional representation.  As the result of a 2016 amendment by the Scottish Parliament, from May 2017 onwards the number of Councillors elected to Aberdeen City Council will rise from 43 to 45.

The composition of Aberdeen City wards will be as follows:

 Ward

 Number of Councillors

 1. Dyce / Bucksburn / Danestone  4
 2. Bridge of Don  4
 3. Kingswells / Sheddocksley / Summerhill  3
 4. Northfield / Mastrick North  3
 5. Hilton / Woodside / Stockethill  3
 6. Tillydrone / Seaton / Old Aberdeen  3
 7. Midstocket / Rosemount  3
 8. George Street / Harbour  4
 9. Lower Deeside  3
 10. Hazlehead / Countesswells / Queens Cross  4
 11. Airyhall / Broomhill / Garthdee  3
 12. Torry / Ferryhill  4
 13. Kincorth / Nigg / Cove  4

The protocol for multi-member wards

Members are elected to represent the whole ward and should not identify themselves as representing a particular part of a ward or only dealing with particular subjects across the ward; members may agree to share the workload of a ward either geographically or by subject but can only pass on a constituent's concern with the agreement of the constituent. The constituent has the right to approach any member in a ward about an issue.

Members should not identify themselves as being the sole representative of a ward.

As required by the Code of Conduct, members should represent their constituents as principal interests conscientiously and should be accessible to their constituents.

As ward members all Councillors have equal status.

Under normal circumstances, members should not deal with matters relating to a constituent or a constituency issue outwith their own wards, although there may be circumstances where this would be acceptable, for example in respect of an area wide issue or a policy issue.

Where a constituent acts in an unreasonable or inappropriate manner towards a Councillor, advice should be sought from the Chief Executive and it may be decided the manner in which that constituent may contact local Councillors be restricted.

Councillors should not notify other members in a ward of the enquiries which they have received from constituents nor copy constituents correspondence to them without consent of the individual concerned as this may breach the Data Protection Act.

Members may become involved in cross band issues such as those involving Community Councils; as with any other constituency issue, details should only be shared with other ward Councillors if the approval of the body concerned is obtained.

Ward Profiles

We have produced a series of factsheets with demographic information about each ward.
Download the Ward Profile: All Wards (PDF, 3MB) or use the links below to download the profile for an individual ward.


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