Amber Valley

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Borough of Amber Valley
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)
Area rank146th
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total128,147
 • RankRanked 180th
 • Density1,300/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]

Amber Valley is a local government district and borough in the east of Derbyshire, England. It takes 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 human 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.


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 controlled 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. As of the 2019 election the council is under Labour party control and is currently composed of the following numbers of councillors:

Year Labour Conservative Green
2019 25 19 1

Towns of Amber Valley[edit]

Town Hall and council headquarters in Ripley
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 Ripley Rural District and Belper Rural District. The district was granted borough status in 1988.

Crich Stand


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

External links[edit]

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