Waveney District
Town Hall, the district headquarters in Lowestoft
Town Hall, the district headquarters in Lowestoft
Waveney shown within Suffolk and England
Waveney shown within Suffolk and England
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast of England
Non-metropolitan countySuffolk
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQLowestoft
Established1 April 1974
Merged31 March 2019
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyWaveney District Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet ( )
 • MPsPeter Aldous Therese Coffey
 • Total143.0 sq mi (370.4 km2)
 • Total117,900
 • Density820/sq mi (320/km2)
 • Ethnicity
98.8% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code42UH
GSS codeE07000206
OS grid referenceTM5500193916

Waveney was a local government district in Suffolk, England, named after the River Waveney that formed its north-east border. The district council was based in Lowestoft, the major settlement in Waveney. The other towns in the district were Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth and Southwold.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the municipal boroughs of Beccles, Lowestoft and Southwold, along with Bungay and Halesworth urban districts, Wainford Rural District and part of Lothingland Rural District. The population of the district at the 2011 Census was 115,254.[1] The last elections to the council were held on 7 May 2015, the second election after the council moved to a Whole Council election system, meaning all 48 council seats were contested.[2] Before the 2011 elections the council was under Conservative Party control.

Waveney district was merged with Suffolk Coastal district on 1 April 2019 to form the new East Suffolk district.[3]

At the 2011 election the Conservatives had lost overall control, with both it and the Labour party represented by 23 councillors, the balance of the council being made up of one Green Party and one Independent councillor.[4][5] A series of procedural moves led to the formation of a Conservative-led administration.[6][7] At the 2015 election the Conservatives won an absolute majority, with 27 seats, with Labour winning 20 and the Green Party 1.


Main article: Waveney local elections

List of communities

Outside of Lowestoft there are 59 towns and civil parishes in Waveney:


  1. ^ "Local Authority population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  2. ^ Changing to Whole Council Elections – Explanatory Document, Waveney District Council, 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  3. ^ Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (24 May 2018). "The East Suffolk (Local Government Changes) Order 2018". legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  4. ^ Waveney, BBC news, 6 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
  5. ^ 'Battle for power at Waveney District Council', Eastern Daily Press, 10 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
  6. ^ Colin Law is new leader, Waveney District Council, 25 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-06.
  7. ^ New leader chosen for Waveney District Council, Eastern Daily Press, 26 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-06.

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