West Suffolk (District)

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West Suffolk
West Suffolk
Location in Suffolk
status District
region East of England
Administration County Suffolk
Administrative headquarters Bury St Edmunds
surface 1034.67 km²
Residents 179,248
GSS code E07000245
Website www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/
founding April 1, 2019

West Suffolk is a district ( English district ) in the county of Suffolk in England . The administrative seat is Bury St Edmunds .


West Suffolk was formed on April 1, 2019 on the basis of an ordinance issued in May 2018 and emerged from the merger of the districts of Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury . At that time, West Suffolk had 179,248 residents. Under the name West Suffolk there was an administrative county between 1888 and 1974 , but it covered a larger area.


Both predecessors each had their own District Council with a total of 72 members. With the first election, which is due to take place in May 2019, the number will be reduced to 55. Ian Gallin is the head of administration.

There are 103 parishes in the area of ​​West Suffolk . Most of these have their own parish council, some together with neighboring parishes; in some smaller ones, residents' assemblies are held instead. Brandon , Clare , Haverhill , Newmarket and the administrative headquarters of Bury St Edmunds bear the title of a town , the body there is called the Town Council accordingly .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The West Suffolk (Local Government Changes) Order 2018 on the UK Government's Law Server, accessed April 4, 2019. (English)
  2. ^ A b Suffolk now has "largest district council in country". BBC , April 1, 2019, accessed April 3, 2019. (English)

Coordinates: 52 ° 15 '  N , 0 ° 42'  E