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Coordinates : 52°20′46″N 0°31′08″E / 52.3461°N 0.5190°E / 52.3461; 0.5190

Forest Heath Forest Heath
Forest Heath
District

Non-metropolitan district

Forest Heath
Forest Heath
shown within Suffolk
Suffolk

SOVEREIGN STATE United Kingdom
United Kingdom

CONSTITUENT COUNTRY England
England

REGION East of England
England

NON-METROPOLITAN COUNTY Suffolk
Suffolk

STATUS Non-metropolitan district

ADMIN HQ Mildenhall

INCORPORATED 1 April 1974

GOVERNMENT

• TYPE Non-metropolitan district council

• BODY Forest Heath
Forest Heath
District Council

• LEADERSHIP Alternative - Sec.31 (Conservative )

• MPS Matthew Hancock

AREA

• TOTAL 145.8 sq mi (377.7 km2)

AREA RANK 107th (of 326)

POPULATION (MID-2016 EST.)

• TOTAL 64,400

• RANK 309th (of 326)

• DENSITY 440/sq mi (170/km2)

• ETHNICITY 91.0% White 3.0% Black 1.3% S.Asian 3.1% mixed race

TIME ZONE GMT ( UTC0 )

• SUMMER (DST ) BST ( UTC+1
UTC+1
)

ONS CODE 42UC (ONS) E07000201 (GSS)

OS GRID REFERENCE TL7156375032

WEBSITE www.Forest-Heath.gov.uk

FOREST HEATH is a local government district in Suffolk
Suffolk
, England
England
. Its council is based in Mildenhall . Other towns in the district include Newmarket . The population of the District Council at the 2011 Census was 59,748.

The district's name reflects the fact that it contains parts of both Thetford Forest and the heathlands of Breckland . The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972 , by a merger of Newmarket Urban District and Mildenhall Rural District .

Forest Heath
Forest Heath
is the home to two of the largest United States Air Force (USAF) airbases in the UK: RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall , as well as the headquarters of British horse racing, Newmarket Racecourse .

Forest Heath
Forest Heath
has had a high suicide rate when compared to the rest of Suffolk, to the East of England
England
and to England
England
overall. The reasons for this are unknown.

In the English indices of deprivation 2010 report published by the Department for Communities and Local Government , two parts of Forest Heath have the highest employment out of 32483 areas in England.

CONTENTS

* 1 Governance

* 2 Communities

* 2.1 Towns * 2.2 Civil parishes

* 3 Education * 4 References * 5 External links

GOVERNANCE

As of the 2015 Local Government Elections, the Conservatives held overall control of the District Council.

PARTY SEATS

Conservative 19

West Suffolk
Suffolk
Independents 5

UKIP 3

COMMUNITIES

The district contains three market towns and twenty civil parishes .

TOWNS

* Mildenhall * Newmarket * Brandon

CIVIL PARISHES

* Barton Mills
Barton Mills
* Beck Row, Holywell Row and Kenny Hill * Cavenham * Dalham * Elveden * Eriswell * Exning * Freckenham * Gazeley