Final approval has been granted for the creation of a new district council in Suffolk.
Local government minister Rishi Sunak has signed the orders for the merger of St Edmundsbury BC and Forest Health DC to form West Suffolk Council following approval by the House of Lords and House of Commons.
The first meeting of a shadow authority will take place on 30 May and the new council will be established in April next year.
In a joint statement St Edmundsbury leader John Griffiths (Con) and Forest Heath leader James Waters (Con) said: “This is a truly historic moment for West Suffolk and the UK as a whole in the transformation of local government to better meet the needs of local communities.
“Both councils have been on this journey together from sharing services to save £4m annually to our investment strategy which has seen millions of pounds put aside to help provide housing, support business and bring social benefits.”