West Suffolk Councils

About West Suffolk Councils

The statistics on this page provide key information relating to each district and where available, West Suffolk as a whole. Detailed statistical reports about each of the 45 wards in West Suffolk can be found on our Ward reports page.

For more specific information about an area, use our 'Find my nearest' mapping tool which provides a wealth of information such as local councillors, nearest schools and NHS services as well as bin collection days.

The area of West Suffolk comprises the council areas of Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury, two predominantly rural districts in the heart of East Anglia. Well-connected with London, the rest of East Anglia and the Midlands, West Suffolk is a safe and comparatively prosperous place in which to live. It also has some beautiful and accessible countryside areas, including grassland, heath and forest.

Forest Heath has three main market towns, Newmarket, Mildenhall and Brandon. St Edmundsbury has two: Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill.

Bury St Edmunds, the largest settlement in West Suffolk, has been a prosperous town for centuries. People are drawn to its market and Georgian architecture, shops, leisure and cultural facilities.

Newmarket is known as the 'home of horseracing'. It has more racehorses, trainers, stable staff, stud farms and racing organisations in and around the town than anywhere else in the world. Racing accounts for a significant number of local jobs.

Haverhill, Mildenhall and Brandon expanded significantly in the 1970s due to the construction of new housing to accommodate families moving as part of the Greater London Council's expansion programme.

Today, West Suffolk has a thriving, diverse economy, embracing a number of business sectors. These include tourism, food and drink, life sciences and advanced manufacturing, including a number of businesses trading with the two major US Air Force bases in West Suffolk. In all of West Suffolk's towns and rural areas, many of our residents benefit from a good quality of life. However, some areas have suffered more than others from the impact of the economic downturn. Others are facing issues such as: rural isolation, a lack of skills or qualifications amongst young people, an ageing population with some in need of more specialist housing or care, poverty, or health deprivation.

3 jobs with West Suffolk Councils

  • Team Leader (Advice & Prevention)

    • Bury St Edmunds
    • £31,401- £32,233 per annum pro rata
    • West Suffolk Councils

    An exciting opportunity has arisen with West Suffolk Councils to become a Team Leader (Advice & Prevention) based in Bury St Edmunds! You will join ou


  • Planning Officer Roles

    • Bury St Edmunds
    • £24,657 - £25,463 per annum
    • West Suffolk Councils

    Two exciting opportunities have arisen within West Suffolk Councils’ and we are looking for very ambitious and progressive individuals to join us as w

  • Park Gardener/Ranger

    • Bury St Edmunds
    • £17,972 per annum
    • West Suffolk Councils

    We have 2 exciting opportunities at West Suffolk Councils to become a Park Gardener/Ranger joining our team based at Abbey Gardens. The role is on an