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Borough of St Edmundsbury
St Edmundsbury shown within Suffolk
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||East of England|
|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|
|• Total||253.7 sq mi (657.0 km2)|
|Area rank||60th (of 326)|
|• Rank||208th (of 326)|
|• Density||450/sq mi (170/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||98.0% White|
|Time zone||UTC0 (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (BST)|
|ONS code||42UF (ONS)|
|OS grid reference|
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.
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.
In 2008, the Council submitted a proposal to the Boundary Commission which would see it as central to a new West Suffolk unitary council. Despite the considerable energies used to promote this concept 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.