West Suffolk District

West Suffolk District 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. It is currently controlled by the Conservative Party.[3]

West Suffolk
Coat of arms of West Suffolk
Official logo of West Suffolk
West Suffolk district within Suffolk
West Suffolk district within 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 Council
  Total400 sq mi (1,035 km2)
  Rank28th of 309
  Rank111th of 309
  Density450/sq mi (170/km2)
   Rank256th of 309
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)

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.

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