St Edmundsbury

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Coordinates: 52°15′05″N 0°41′48″E / 52.2514°N 0.6968°E / 52.2514; 0.6968

St Edmundsbury
Borough of St Edmundsbury
Borough & Non-metropolitan district
St Edmundsbury shown within Suffolk
St Edmundsbury shown within Suffolk
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East of England
Non-metropolitan county Suffolk
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Bury St Edmunds
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body St Edmundsbury Borough Council
 • Leadership Leader (Cllr John Griffiths) & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPs Matthew Hancock
Jo Churchill
James Cartlidge
 • Total 253.7 sq mi (657.0 km2)
Area rank 60th (of 326)
Population (mid-2017 est.)
 • Total 113,700
 • Rank 208th (of 326)
 • Density 450/sq mi (170/km2)
 • Ethnicity 98.0% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 42UF (ONS)
E07000204 (GSS)
OS grid reference TL8406364939

St Edmundsbury is a local government district and borough in Suffolk, England. It is named after its main town, Bury St Edmunds. The second town in the district is Haverhill. The population of the district was 111,008 at the 2011 Census.[1]

The district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 (along with the abolition of the county of West Suffolk) by the merger of the Borough of Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill Urban District, Clare Rural District and Thingoe Rural District.

Until March 2009, its main offices were in Bury St Edmunds (Angel Hill and Western Way). Thereafter, a purpose-built complex, West Suffolk House housed both St Edmundsbury and Suffolk County Council staff.[2]

In 2008, the Council submitted a proposal to the Boundary Commission which would see it as central to a new West Suffolk unitary council.[3] Despite the considerable energies used to promote this concept[4] the proposal was rejected and no unitary scheme for Suffolk was adopted. (For more details see also Suffolk.)

In October 2011, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Forest Heath District Council agreed to have one chief executive, a shared management team and a combined workforce, creating initial savings of more than £2 million.[5]

St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath will be merged on 1st April 2019 to form a new West Suffolk district.[6]

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  1. ^ "Local Authority population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  2. ^ St Edmundsbury website
  3. ^ St Edmundsbury website
  4. ^ They work for
  5. ^ "West Suffolk: Councils to merge workforces in move to save cash". East Anglian Daily Times. 27 October 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2018. 
  6. ^ Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (24 May 2018). "The West Suffolk (Local Government Changes) Order 2018". Retrieved 12 August 2018.