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North East Fife (district)

Coordinates: 56°19′08″N 3°00′43″W / 56.319°N 3.012°W / 56.319; -3.012
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56°19′08″N 3°00′43″W / 56.319°N 3.012°W / 56.319; -3.012

North East Fife

County Buildings, Cupar

North-East Fife district within Scotland
 • 199469,930
 • Created16 May 1975
 • Abolished31 March 1996
 • Succeeded byFife
GovernmentNorth East Fife District Council
 • HQCupar

North East Fife was one of three local government districts in the Fife region of Scotland from 1975 to 1996.



The district was created in 1975 under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, which established a two-tier structure of local government across mainland Scotland comprising upper-tier regions and lower-tier districts. North East Fife was one of three districts created within the region of Fife, along with Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy. The district covered the whole area of 15 former districts from the historic county of Fife, which were all abolished at the same time:[1]

In 1996 Scotland's districts and regions were abolished under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994. Fife became a single unitary council area, headquartered in Glenrothes as the regional council had also been.[2]

The area is still covered by the North East Fife (UK Parliament constituency).

Political control


The first election to the district council was held in 1974, initially operating as a shadow authority alongside the outgoing authorities until it came into its powers on 16 May 1975. Political control of the council from 1975 was as follows:[3]

Party in control Years
Conservative 1975–1984
Alliance 1984–1988
Liberal Democrats 1988–1996


Year Seats Liberal Democrats[a] Conservative Independent / Other Notes
1974 18 0 13 5
1977 18 1 14 3
1980 18 5 11 2
1984 18 10 6 2
1988 18 12 4 2
1992 18 13 4 1
  1. ^ Includes Liberal and Social Democratic Party prior to 1988, with the two parties having formed the SDP–Liberal Alliance between 1981 and 1988.

District result maps




The council was based at County Buildings on St Catherine Street in Cupar.[4] The building had been built in 1817 as the county's sheriff court and meeting place for the Commissioners of Supply which preceded the county council. It had then served as the headquarters of Fife County Council between 1890 and 1975, with a large extension to the east being added in 1925.[5]

See also



  1. ^ "Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, 1973 c. 65, retrieved 23 April 2023
  2. ^ "Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, 1994 c. 39, retrieved 17 February 2023
  3. ^ "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 19 February 2023.
  4. ^ "No. 23959". The Edinburgh Gazette. 26 March 1996. p. 762.
  5. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "County Buildings and former Court House, excluding 4-storey offices and police station adjoining to rear and single storey block to east, St Catherine Street, Cupar (LB24160)". Retrieved 23 April 2023.