West 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
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyWest Suffolk District Council
Area
 • Total400 sq mi (1,035 km2)
Area rank28th of 309
Population
 (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)
Websitewww.westsuffolk.gov.uk

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

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

Communities

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

Towns

Civil parishes

  1. Ampton
  2. Bardwell
  3. Barnardiston
  4. Barnham
  5. Barningham
  6. Barrow
  7. Barton Mills
  8. Beck Row, Holywell Row and Kenny Hill
  9. Bradfield Combust with Stanningfield
  10. Bradfield St Clare
  11. Bradfield St George
  12. Brockley
  13. Cavendish
  14. Cavenham
  15. Chedburgh
  16. Chevington
  17. Coney Weston
  18. Cowlinge
  19. Culford
  20. Dalham
  21. Denham
  22. Denston
  23. Depden
  24. Elveden
  25. Eriswell
  26. Euston
  27. Exning
  28. Fakenham Magna
  29. Flempton
  30. Fornham All Saints
  31. Fornham St Genevieve
  32. Fornham St Martin
  33. Freckenham
  34. Gazeley
  35. Great Barton
  36. Great Bradley
  37. Great Livermere
  38. Great Thurlow
  39. Great Whelnetham
  40. Great Wratting
  41. Hargrave
  42. Hawkedon
  43. Hawstead
  44. Hengrave
  45. Hepworth
  46. Herringswell
  47. Higham
  48. Honington
  49. Hopton
  50. Horringer
  51. Hundon
  52. Icklingham
  53. Ickworth
  54. Ingham
  55. Ixworth
  56. Ixworth Thorpe
  57. Kedington
  58. Kentford
  59. Knettishall
  60. Lackford
  61. Lakenheath
  62. Lidgate
  63. Little Bradley
  64. Little Livermere
  65. Little Thurlow
  66. Little Whelnetham
  67. Little Wratting
  68. Market Weston
  69. Moulton
  70. Nowton
  71. Ousden
  72. Pakenham
  73. Poslingford
  74. Rede
  75. Red Lodge
  76. Risby
  77. Rushbrooke with Rougham
  78. Santon Downham
  79. Sapiston
  80. Stansfield
  81. Stanton
  82. Stoke-by-Clare
  83. Stradishall
  84. Thelnetham
  85. The Saxhams
  86. Timworth
  87. Troston
  88. Tuddenham
  89. West Row
  90. Westley
  91. West Stow
  92. Whepstead
  93. Wickhambrook
  94. Withersfield
  95. Wixoe
  96. Wordwell
  97. Worlington

Governance

Main article: West Suffolk District Council elections

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

References

  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.