Derbyshire County Council
|Derbyshire County Council|
|Whole council elected every four years|
Coat of arms
Anne Western, (Lab)
Paul Smith, (Lab)
Barry Lewis, (Con)
43 / 64
18 / 64
3 / 64
|First Past the Post|
|2 May 2013|
|County Hall, Matlock, England|
Derbyshire County Council is the upper-tier local authority for the non-metropolitan county of Derbyshire, England. It has 64 county councillors, one elected for each county division. The council is controlled by the Labour Party, who won control of the council in the 2013 local council elections in May 2013.
The Leader of the Council is Anne Western, and heads a cabinet consisting of five other members – those being Jim Coyle, Paul Smith, Dave Allen, Dean Collins, and Andy Botham. The six cabinet members each have responsibility for particular functions of the council and are assisted by Deputy Cabinet Members. The Chief Executive is Ian Stephenson who was appointed in 2013 having previously served as the Strategic Director of Environmental Services. and heads the Council's 35,000 strong workforce.
The council was first set up under 1889 under the Local Government Act 1888, covering the administrative county. It was reconstituted under the Local Government Act 1972 to cover a different territory. In 1997, the City of Derby left the area covered by the council becoming a unitary authority, but the city remains part of Derbyshire for ceremonial purposes only. The council originally used a county hall in St. Mary's Gate, Derby which was built in 1660. In 1955 the council moved to the current county hall in Matlock. This newer county hall is in a former hydrotherapy complex called Smedley's Hydro which was built in 1853.
District and Borough Councils
There are 8 lower tier district/borough councils within the Derbyshire Council area:
- Amber Valley Borough Council
- Erewash borough council
- Bolsover District Council
- Chesterfield Borough Council
- North East Derbyshire District Council
- High Peak Borough Council
- Derbyshire Dales District Council
- South Derbyshire District Council
Elections are held every four years, the next one is due in 2017.
|Election||Number of councillors elected by each political party|
|Strategic Policy, Economic Development and Budget|
|Cabinet Member and Council Leader||Cllr Anne Western|
|Deputy Cabinet Member||Cllr Ron Milhaly|
|Adult Social Care|
|Cabinet Member and Deputy Leader||Cllr Paul Smith|
|Deputy Cabinet Member||Cllr Paul Jones|
|Deputy Cabinet Member||Cllr Rob Davison|
|Children and Young People|
|Cabinet Member||Cllr Jim Coyle|
|Deputy Cabinet Member||Cllr Damien Greenhalgh|
|Deputy Cabinet Member||Cllr Caitlin Bisknell|
|Highways, Transport and Infrastrusture|
|Cabinet Member||Cllr Dean Collins|
|Deputy Cabinet Member||Cllr John Owen|
|Deputy Cabinet Member||Cllr Paul Dunn|
|Health and Communities|
|Cabinet Member||Cllr Dave Allen|
|Deputy Cabinet Member||Cllr Ellie Wilcox|
|Deputy Cabinet Member||Cllr Julie Hill|
|Cabinet Member||Cllr Andy Botham|
|Leader of the Opposition|
|Cabinet Member||Vacant / Not in use *|
|*The Opposition Leader has refused to take seat on Cabinet||The opposition Leader, Cllr Barry Lewis, as the role suggests, felt he could not adequately represent the views of his political Group by being within the Cabinet and being complicite in their decisions, which would dilute his and his party's ability to provide strong and effective opposition.|
|Election||Party in control|
Notable former members
- Dennis Skinner (1964-1970), later member of parliament for Bolsover
- Sir Martin Doughty (Leader: 1992-2001)
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- "District and borough councils". Derbyshire County Council. Retrieved 18 November 2011.