Forest Heath District
Forest Heath shown within Suffolk
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||East of England|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||Forest Heath District Council|
|• Leadership||Alternative - Sec.31 (Conservative)|
|• MPs||Matthew Hancock|
|• Total||145.8 sq mi (377.7 km2)|
|Area rank||107th (of 326)|
|Population (mid-2014 est.)|
|• Rank||310th (of 326)|
|• Density||430/sq mi (170/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||91.0% White
3.1% mixed race
|Time zone||GMT (UTC0)|
|• Summer (DST)||BST (UTC+1)|
|ONS code||42UC (ONS)
|OS grid reference|
The district's name reflects the fact that it contains parts of both Thetford Forest and the heathlands of Breckland. The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of Newmarket Urban District and Mildenhall Rural District.
Forest Heath is the home to two of the largest United States Air Force (USAF) airbases in the UK: RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall, as well as the headquarters of British horse racing, Newmarket Racecourse.
In the English indices of deprivation 2010 report published by the Department for Communities and Local Government, two parts of Forest Heath have the highest employment out of 32483 areas in England.
As of the 2015 Local Government Elections, the Conservatives held overall control of the District Council.
|West Suffolk Independents||5|
The district contains three market towns and twenty civil parishes.
- "English indices of deprivation 2010". Department for Communities and Local Government. Gov.uk. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- McNeill, Phil. "Shrine of the times." (Archive) The Telegraph. 22 July 2007. Retrieved on 8 January 2014.
- "Establishment: Shi-Tennoji School." (Archive) Department for Education. Retrieved on 8 January 2014. "Shi-Tennoji School Herringswell Bury St Edmund's Suffolk IP28 6SW"
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