West Suffolk (district)

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West Suffolk
Field boundary on the Elveden Estate - geograph.org.uk - 545934.jpg
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 District Council
 • Total400 sq mi (1,035 km2)
Area rank28th of 309
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total179,045
 • Rank107th of 309
 • Density450/sq mi (170/km2)
 • Density rank263rd of 309
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)

West Suffolk 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.

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.

List of wards[edit]

The council area is divided up into 43 wards and represented by 64 councillors.[3]

  1. Abbeygate
  2. Bardwell
  3. Barningham
  4. Barrow
  5. Brandon Central
  6. Brandon East
  7. Brandon West
  8. Chedburgh and Chevington
  9. Clare, Hundon and Kedington
  10. Eastgate
  11. Exning
  12. Haverhill Central
  13. Haverhill East
  14. Haverhill North
  15. Haverhill South
  16. Haverhill South East
  17. Haverhill West
  18. Horringer
  19. Iceni
  20. Ixworth
  21. Kentford and Moulton
  22. Lakenheath
  23. Manor
  24. Mildenhall Great Heath
  25. Mildenhall Kingsway and Market
  26. Mildenhall Queensway
  27. Minden
  28. Moreton Hall
  29. Newmarket East
  30. Newmarket North
  31. Newmarket West
  32. Pakenham and Troston
  33. Risby
  34. Rougham
  35. Southgate
  36. St Olaves
  37. Stanton
  38. The Fornhams and Great Barton
  39. The Rows
  40. Tollgate
  41. Westgate
  42. Whepstead and Wickhambrook
  43. Withersfield


The district council area is made up of 5 towns and 97 civil parishes, with the whole area being parished.


Civil parishes[edit]


As of 2021, the Conservative Party control West Suffolk Council.[4] As of May 2021 the council consists of the following Parties:[5]

Party Seats
Conservative 40
The Independents Group 19
Labour 4
Non-Grouped Independent 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (24 May 2018). "The West Suffolk (Local Government Changes) Order 2018". legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  2. ^ "West Suffolk: Councils to merge workforces in move to save cash". East Anglian Daily Times. 27 October 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Agenda for West Suffolk Council Constitution on Wednesday 5 August 2020". democracy.westsuffolk.gov.uk. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  4. ^ "West Suffolk Council election results". www.westsuffolk.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  5. ^ "Political make up of West Suffolk Council". www.westsuffolk.gov.uk. Retrieved 23 May 2021.

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