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Waveney is a local government district in Suffolk, England, named after the River Waveney that forms its north-east border. The district council is based in Lowestoft, the major settlement in Waveney. The other towns in the district are Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth and Southwold.

Waveney District
Non-metropolitan district
Waveney shown within Suffolk and England
Waveney shown within Suffolk and England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East of England
Non-metropolitan county Suffolk
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Lowestoft
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body Waveney District Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPs Peter Aldous Therese Coffey
 • Total 143.0 sq mi (370.4 km2)
Area rank 111th (of 326)
Population (mid-2017 est.)
 • Total 117,900
 • Rank 195th (of 326)
 • Density 820/sq mi (320/km2)
 • Ethnicity 98.8% White
Time zone UTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code 42UH (ONS)
E07000206 (GSS)
OS grid reference TM5500193916

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the municipal boroughs of Beccles, Lowestoft and Southwold, along with Bungay and Halesworth urban districts, Wainford Rural District and part of Lothingland Rural District. The population of the Council at the 2011 Census was 115,254.[1] The last elections to the council were held on 7 May 2015, the second election after the council moved to a Whole Council election system, meaning all 48 council seats were contested.[2] Before the 2011 elections the council was under Conservative Party control.

Waveney district will be merged with Suffolk Coastal district on 1st April 2019 to form a new East Suffolk district.[3]

At the 2011 election the Conservatives had lost overall control, with both it and the Labour party represented by 23 councillors, the balance of the council being made up of one Green Party and one Independent councillor.[4][5] A series of procedural moves led to the formation of a Conservative-led administration.[6][7] At the 2015 election the Conservatives won an absolute majority, with 27 seats, with Labour winning 20 and the Green Party 1.



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  1. ^ "Local Authority population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Changing to Whole Council Elections – Explanatory Document, Waveney District Council, 2010. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
  3. ^ Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (24 May 2018). "The East Suffolk (Local Government Changes) Order 2018". Retrieved 12 August 2018. 
  4. ^ Waveney, BBC news, 2011-05-06. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
  5. ^ 'Battle for power at Waveney District Council', Eastern Daily Press, 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
  6. ^ Colin Law is new leader, Waveney District Council, 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2011-06-06.
  7. ^ New leader chosen for Waveney District Council, Eastern Daily Press, 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2011-06-06.

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