On 1 April 2019 Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council will be replaced by a single district council called West Suffolk Council. It will entirely replace the borough and district councils but will continue to deliver the same services while finding improved ways of supporting communities, businesses and the local economy. Over the next few weeks you may notice changes to the website, forms, letters and emails, and there will be limited access to some of our online systems as we prepare for the creation of the new council.
There are a variety of different types of council in England, together they form what is known as local government. In west Suffolk there are:
Each type of council has responsibility for providing different services, these are set out below.
Suffolk County Council is broadly responsible for:
For a number of years, Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council have been working together as West Suffolk, but particularly since 2012, when all staff started working across both councils. Both councils are district councils in terms of their functions, although St Edmundsbury has 'borough status'. This is an honorary status which is granted by royal charter. In broad terms, West Suffolk is responsible for:
West Suffolk's leisure services in the Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury areas are run by Abbeycroft on behalf of the councils.
Council Tax and benefits are administered on behalf of West Suffolk by Anglia Revenues Partnership
To find out more about the West Suffolk area, read: About the area
The responsibilities of town and parish councils vary, depending on the locality. In broad terms, they may be responsible for:
Contact details for parish and town councils are available: Parish council contact details