Amber Valley

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Borough of Amber Valley
Ripley, the administrative centre of Amber Valley and the second largest settlement in the borough
Ripley, the administrative centre of Amber Valley and the second largest settlement in the borough
Shown within Derbyshire
Shown within Derbyshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast Midlands
Ceremonial countyDerbyshire
Admin. HQRipley
 • TypeAmber Valley Borough Council
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • MPs:Nigel Mills,
Pauline Latham,
Sarah Dines
 • Total102.5 sq mi (265.4 km2)
 • Rank146th
 • Total126,206
 • RankRanked 185th
 • Density1,200/sq mi (480/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code17UB (ONS) E07000032 (GSS)
Ethnicity97.8% White
0.9% S.Asian[1]
Alfreton, is the largest settlement in the Amber Valley district
Heanor, is the third-largest settlement in Amber Valley

Amber Valley is a local government district and borough in the east of Derbyshire, England, taking its name from the River Amber. It covers a semi-rural zone with four main towns whose economy was based on coal mining and remains to some extent influenced by engineering, distribution and manufacturing, holding for instance the headquarters and production site of Thorntons confectionery.

The seat in the House of Commons of Amber Valley is of smaller scope. The population at the 2011 Census was 122,309.[2]

The village of Crich and other parts of the district were the setting for ITV drama series Peak Practice.

Towns of Amber Valley[edit]

Council headquarters at Ripley Town Hall
The offices of Amber Valley at Alfreton House in Alfreton.[3]

Main villages of Amber Valley[edit]

The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the urban districts of Alfreton, Belper, Heanor and rural districts of Ripley and Belper. The Amber Valley district was granted borough status in 1988.

Crich Stand



Elections to the borough council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the 45 seats on the council being elected at each election. The council has been run by the Conservative Party since they gained control from the Labour Party at the 2000 election except for a single year after the 2014 election and for two years after the 2019 election. Following the 2022 election the council is composed of the following numbers of councillors:

Year Conservative Labour Green Independent
2022 30 11 3 1


Coat of arms of Amber Valley
Granted 18 October 1989 [4]
On a wreath of the colours the battlements of a tower Proper issuant therefrom between two abbatical crosiers Or an oak tree Proper fructed and ensigned by a crown of fleurs-de-lys Gold.
Vert a pale wavy Or a bordure Argent charged with five horseshoes Sable on a chief of the second between two lozenges a cresset Sable fired Proper.
On the dexter side a unicorn Argent armed and crined Or gorged with a collar pendent therefrom a cross flory Gules and on the sinister side a leopard Proper gorged with a collar Gules pendent therefrom a fleur-de-lys Or.
Per Laborem Progedimur (We Make Progress Through Hard Work)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lead View Table
  2. ^ "Local Authority population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  3. ^ Alfreton House, Geograph picture, accessed September 2009
  4. ^ "East Midlands Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 5 March 2021.

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Coordinates: 53°00′N 1°24′W / 53.00°N 1.40°W / 53.00; -1.40