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South Lanarkshire ( , ) is one of 32 unitary council areas of Scotlandmarker, covering the southern part of the former county of Lanarkshiremarker. It borders the south-east of the city of Glasgowmarker and contains many of Glasgow's suburbs, commuter towns and smaller villages.

South Lanarkshire Council

South Lanarkshire Council is headquartered in Hamiltonmarker, has 16,000 employees, and a budget of almost one billion. The council plan for 2007-2012 when the next council elections are due is Connect. The large and varied council area takes in rural and upland areas, market towns such as Lanarkmarker, Strathavenmarker and Carlukemarker, the urban burghs of Rutherglenmarker, Cambuslangmarker, and East Kilbridemarker which was Scotland's first new town.

There are 20 council wards in South Lanarkshire, each represented on the council by an 3 or 4 elected councillors using Single Transferable Vote. South Lanarkshire operates a cabinet style system, with key decisions being taken by the Executive Committee, under the leadership of the Council Leader, and approved by the council, led by the Provost.

South Lanarkshire shares borders with the unitary authorities of Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, City of Glasgowmarker, North Lanarkshire, West Lothianmarker and Scottish Borders.

The area was formed in 1996, from the areas of Clydesdale, Hamiltonmarker and East Kilbridemarker districts, and some outer areas of Glasgowmarker District (Rutherglenmarker/Fernhill, Cambuslangmarker/Halfway and part of King's Park/Toryglen).

Political composition

Since the elections, there has been one by-election and the current political composition is 3 Independent, 8 Conservative, 31 Labour, 2 Liberal Democrats and 23 SNP.

Council Headquarters

South Lanarkshire Council Headquarters

The Council Headquarters building, on Almada Street, Hamiltonmarker, was built as the Lanark County Buildings in 1963, and designed by Lanark council architect D G Bannerman. The 16 storey, 165 foot tower is the largest in Hamiltonmarker, and is a highly visible landmark across this part of the Clyde Valley. The modernist design was influenced by the United Nationsmarker building in New York. Glass curtain walls cover the north and south facades, with the narrow east and west sides being blank white walls. At the front of the building is the circular council chamber, and a plaza with water features.

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