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Breckland shown within Norfolk
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||East of England|
|Admin HQ||East Dereham|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||Breckland District Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)|
|• MPs||George Freeman|
|• Total||399.7 sq mi (1,035.1 km2)|
|Area rank||16th (of 326)|
|• Rank||156th (of 326)|
|• Density||350/sq mi (130/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||98.5% White|
|Time zone||UTC0 (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (BST)|
|ONS code||33UB (ONS)|
|OS grid reference|
Breckland District is a local government district in Norfolk, England. Its head office is located at Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, East Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1EE. It is a second tier local government authority that sits below Norfolk County Council.
The population of the council at the 2011 Census was 130,491.
Breckland District Council derives its name from the Breckland landscape region, a gorse-covered sandy heath of south Norfolk and north Suffolk. The term Breckland is ancient, and is found as early as the 13th century in the form Brakelond.
Breckland District Council was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the Borough of Thetford, East Dereham Urban District, Swaffham Urban District, Wayland Rural District, Mitford and Launditch Rural District, and Swaffham Rural District.
The Council consists of 49 Councillors elected every four years, the last election being 2015.
It is currently controlled by the Conservative Party who won 42 of the 49 seats on the council at the last election.
Leader of the Council
The Leader is Cllr. William Nunn (Conservative)
The Deputy Leader is Cllr. Sam Chapman Allen (Conservative)
The Chairman is Cllr. Richard Duffield (Lincoln Ward)
The Vice-Chairman is Cllr. Lynda Turner (Shipdham Ward)
For the results of the last election to the council click on this link, Breckland District Council election, 2015
For further information on previous elections click on link, Breckland District Council -elections
The council is entirely parished, and is made up of 113 civil parishes. At the time of the 2001 census, the district had an area of 1,305 km2 (504 sq mi), with a population of 121,418 in 50,715 households.
The council contains the following civil parishes: