Borough of Amber Valley
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|• Type||Amber Valley Borough Council|
|• Leadership:||Leader & Cabinet|
|• MPs:||Nigel Mills,|
|• Total||102.5 sq mi (265.4 km2)|
|• Rank||Ranked 185th|
|• Density||1,200/sq mi (480/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (British Summer Time)|
|ONS code||17UB (ONS) E07000032 (GSS)|
Amber Valley is a local government district with borough status in the east of Derbyshire, England, taking its name from the River Amber. Its council is based in Ripley. The district covers a semi-rural area lying to the north of the city of Derby. The district contains 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 district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 as one of nine districts within Derbyshire. The new district covered the area of five former districts, which were all abolished at the same time:
- Alfreton Urban District
- Belper Rural District
- Belper Urban District
- Heanor Urban District
- Ripley Urban District
Amber Valley Borough Council
since 24 May 2023
since 24 May 2023
|4 May 2023|
|Town Hall, Market Place, Ripley, DE5 3BT|
Amber Valley Borough Council provides district-level services. County-level services are provided by Derbyshire County Council. Most of the district is also covered by civil parishes, which form a third tier of local government.
The council does not have a single chief executive position, having abolished the post in 2012. Instead it has two "executive directors". The statutorily-required position of head of paid service (which is usually held by a council's chief executive) alternates each year between Amber Valley's two executive directors.
The first election to the council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority alongside the outgoing authorities until the new arrangements came into effect on 1 April 1974. Political control of the council since 1974 has been as follows:
|Party in control||Years|
|No overall control||1976–1980|
|No overall control||1987–1988|
|Alan Cox||Conservative||pre-2003||17 Dec 2007|
|Stuart Bradford||Conservative||17 Dec 2007||11 Jun 2014|
|Paul Jones||Labour||11 Jun 2014||20 May 2015|
|Alan Cox||Conservative||20 May 2015||8 May 2016|
|Kevin Buttery||Conservative||25 May 2016||22 May 2019|
|Chris Emmas-Williams||Labour||22 May 2019||9 May 2021|
|Kevin Buttery||Conservative||19 May 2021||24 May 2023|
|Chris Emmas-Williams||Labour||24 May 2023|
Following the 2023 election, the composition of the council was:
The next election is due in 2027.
The council is based at Ripley Town Hall, which had been built in 1881 as a market hall and converted to a town hall for the former Ripley Urban District Council in 1907. A modern extension to the west of the building was added in the 1990s.
Towns of Amber Valley
Main villages of Amber Valley
- Horsley Woodhouse
- Langley Mill
- Lea & Holloway
There are 35 civil parishes in the borough, covering almost the whole area. The exception is Riddings, which is an unparished area, being the only part of the former Alfreton Urban District not to have been subsequently added to a parish.
- Aldercar and Langley Mill
- Dethick, Lea and Holloway
- Heanor and Loscoe
- Horsley Woodhouse
- Idridgehay and Alton
- Kirk Langley
- Ravensdale Park
- Shottle and Postern
- South Wingfield
- Weston Underwood
- Lead View Table
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- Amber Valley Borough Council website
- Amber Valley Centre for Voluntary Services
- Amber Valley Info Web Site