West Suffolk (district)

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West Suffolk

West Suffolk District
Coat of arms of West Suffolk
Coat of arms
West Suffolk district within the county of Suffolk
West Suffolk district within the county of Suffolk
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast of England
Non-metropolitan countySuffolk
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQBury St Edmunds
Incorporated1 April 2019
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyWest Suffolk District Council
 • Total400 sq mi (1,035 km2)
Area rank28th (of 317)
 (mid-2018 est.)
 • Total178,881
 • Rank106th (of 317)
 • Density450/sq mi (170/km2)
 • Density rank262nd
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)

West Suffolk is a local government district in Suffolk, England, which was established on 1 April 2019, following the merger of the existing Forest Heath district with the borough of St Edmundsbury.[1] The two councils had already had a joint Chief Executive since 2011.[2] At the 2011 census, the two districts had a combined population of 170,756.

The main towns in the new district are Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Brandon, Haverhill and Mildenhall.

The district covers a smaller area compared to the former administrative county of West Suffolk, which was abolished by the Local Government Act 1972.


As of its 2019 creation, the Conservative Party control West Suffolk Council.[3]

Party Seats
Conservative 36
Independent 15
West Suffolk Independents 7
Labour 5
Green 1

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  1. ^ Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (24 May 2018). "The West Suffolk (Local Government Changes) Order 2018". legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  2. ^ "West Suffolk: Councils to merge workforces in move to save cash". East Anglian Daily Times. 27 October 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  3. ^ "West Suffolk Council election results". www.westsuffolk.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-05-30.

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