In May 2018, the government decided to create a new local authority called West Suffolk Council. The council will replace the existing authorities of Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council. The Commission is now carrying out an electoral review of the new council to decide the number of councillors that should be elected to the authority as well as the names and boundaries of council wards.
On 3 July 2018, we will publish draft recommendations and will hold a public consultation on the new ward boundaries and electoral arrangements. From 3 July until 27 August 2018, we will be asking for comments on our draft proposals. When the consultation closes, we will consider all the responses and then publish our final recommendations in October 2018.
All our final recommendations must be approved by Parliament. Following parliamentary scrutiny of the recommendations, the new wards and ward boundaries will come into force for the council’s first elections in May 2019.