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Coordinates : 52°02′53″N 0°56′53″E / 52.048°N 0.948°E / 52.048; 0.948

BABERGH DISTRICT

Non-metropolitan district

Babergh
Babergh
shown within Suffolk
Suffolk

SOVEREIGN STATE United Kingdom

CONSTITUENT COUNTRY England

REGION East of England

NON-METROPOLITAN COUNTY Suffolk
Suffolk

STATUS Non-metropolitan district

ADMIN HQ Hadleigh

INCORPORATED 1 April 1974

GOVERNMENT

• TYPE Non-metropolitan district council

• BODY Babergh
Babergh
District Council

• LEADERSHIP Alternative - Sec.31 (Conservative )

• MPS James Cartlidge

AREA

• TOTAL 229.8 sq mi (595.2 km2)

AREA RANK 72nd (of 326)

POPULATION (MID-2016 EST.)

• TOTAL 89,500

• RANK 270th (of 326)

• DENSITY 390/sq mi (150/km2)

• ETHNICITY 98.7% White

TIME ZONE GMT ( UTC0 )

• SUMMER (DST ) BST ( UTC+1
UTC+1
)

ONS CODE 42UB (ONS) E07000200 (GSS)

OS GRID REFERENCE TM021429

WEBSITE www.babergh.gov.uk

BABERGH (pronounced /ˈbeɪbər/ , BAY-bər ) is a local government district in Suffolk
Suffolk
, England. Its council headquarters is in Hadleigh , whilst its largest town is Sudbury .

The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the Borough of Sudbury, Hadleigh urban district , Cosford Rural District
Cosford Rural District
, Melford Rural District and Samford Rural District . The district did not have one party of councillors (nor a formal coalition of parties) exercising overall control until 2015.

Babergh
Babergh
had a population of 87,740 at the 2011 Census, and covers an area of approximately 230 square miles (600 km2).

It is named after the old Babergh
Babergh
hundred , referred to in the Domesday Book
Domesday Book
. The southern boundary of the district is marked almost exclusively by the River Stour , which also forms the border with Essex
Essex
, and it is separated from Suffolk
Suffolk
Coastal by the River Orwell . Primarily a rural area, Babergh
Babergh
contains two towns of notable size: Sudbury and the administrative centre, Hadleigh.

'Constable Country' is cognate with a large tract of Babergh: drawing visitors to the conservation area Dedham Vale
Dedham Vale
and the well-preserved villages of Long Melford
Long Melford
, Lavenham and Kersey for painting, agricultural and architectural history, produce such as fruit, vegetables, cider, cheese and meat, shops, accommodation, restaurants and tea rooms .

CONTENTS

* 1 Politics * 2 List of towns and civil parishes * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links

POLITICS

See also: Babergh local elections

Elections to the district are held every four years, with currently 43 councillors being elected from 26 wards . From the first election in 1973 to 2015 no party had won an overall majority on the council, but after the 2015 election , the Conservative party gained a large majority. After this election the council is composed of the following councillors:-

YEAR CONSERVATIVE INDEPENDENT LIBERAL DEMOCRAT LABOUR GREENS UKIP

2015 31 8 3 1 1 0

LIST OF TOWNS AND CIVIL PARISHES

* Acton * Aldham * Alpheton * Arwarton * Assington * Belstead
Belstead
* Bentley * Bildeston * Boxford * Boxted * Brantham
Brantham
* Brent Eleigh * Brettenham * Bures St. Mary * Burstall * Capel St. Mary * Chattisham * Chelmondiston * Chelsworth * Chilton * Cockfield * Copdock and Washbrook * East Bergholt
East Bergholt
* Edwardstone * Elmsett * Freston * Glemsford
Glemsford
* Great Cornard
Great Cornard
* Great Waldingfield * Groton * Hadleigh * Harkstead * Hartest * Higham * Hintlesham * Hitcham * Holbrook * Holton St. Mary
Holton St. Mary
* Kersey * Kettlebaston * Lavenham * Lawshall * Layham * Leavenheath * Lindsey * Little Cornard * Little Waldingfield * Long Melford
Long Melford
* Milden * Monks Eleigh * Nayland
Nayland
* Nedging-with-Naughton * Newton * Pinewood * Polstead
Polstead
* Preston St. Mary * Raydon * Semer * Shelley * Shimpling