Babergh shown within Suffolk
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||East of England|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||Babergh District Council|
|• Leadership||Alternative - Sec.31 (Conservative / Liberal Democrat / Independent)|
|• MPs||Tim Yeo|
|• Total||229.8 sq mi (595.2 km2)|
|Area rank||72nd (of 326)|
|Population (2011 est.)|
|• Rank||266th (of 326)|
|• Density||380/sq mi (150/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||98.7% White|
|Time zone||GMT (UTC0)|
|• Summer (DST)||BST (UTC+1)|
|ONS code||42UB (ONS)
|OS grid reference||TM021429|
The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the Borough of Sudbury, Hadleigh urban district, Cosford Rural District, Melford Rural District and Samford Rural District. It is one of the few English second tier authorities that has never had one party or coalition of parties in control.
Babergh has a population of roughly 85,000 and covers an area of approximately 230 square miles (600 km2).
It is named after the old Babergh hundred, referred to in the Domesday Book. The southern boundary of the district is marked almost exclusively by the River Stour, which also forms the border with Essex, and it is separated from Suffolk Coastal by the River Orwell. Primarily a rural area, Babergh contains only 2 towns of any notable size, namely Sudbury and the administrative centre, Hadleigh.
Elections to the district are held every 4 years, with currently 43 councillors being elected from 26 wards. No party has won a majority on the council since the first election in 1973 and after the latest election in 2011 the council is composed of the following councillors:-
List of towns and civil parishes
- "Babergh District Council - Summary".
- Estimates of Total Populations of Areas of Suffolk Suffolk County Council
- "England council elections". BBC News Online. Archived from the original on 19 May 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011.