Derbyshire County Council
|Derbyshire County Council|
Cllr George Wharmby,
Since 24 May 2017
Leader of the Council
Cllr Barry Lewis,
Since 24 May 2017
Leader of the Labour Group
Cllr Anne Western,
Length of term
|4 May 2017|
County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire,|
Derbyshire County Council is the upper-tier local authority for the non-metropolitan county of Derbyshire, England. It has 64 councillors representing 61 divisions, with three divisions having two members each. They are Glossop and Charlesworth, Alfreton and Somercotes, and Eckington and Killamarsh. The authority is controlled by the Conservative Party, who won control in the May 2017 local council election.
The Leader of the Council is Cllr Barry Lewis. He heads a cabinet consisting of six other members – those being Cllr Simon Spencer, Cllr Carol Hart, Cllr Jean Wharmby, Cllr Tony King, Cllr Angelique Foster and Cllr Alex Dale. The seven cabinet members each have responsibility for particular functions of the council and are assisted by Cabinet Support Members.
The council was first set up in 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 eight 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 2021.
|Election||Number of councillors elected by each political party|
|PORTFOLIOS (as at May 2017)|
|Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism|
|Cabinet Member and Council Leader||Cllr Barry Lewis|
|Cabinet Support Member||Cllr Robert Flatley|
|Highways, Transport and Infrastructure|
|Cabinet Member and Deputy Leader||Cllr Simon Spencer|
|Cabinet Support Members||Cllr Trevor Ainsworth and Cllr Garry Hickton|
|Health and Communities|
|Cabinet Member||Cllr Carol Hart|
|Cabinet Support Member||Cllr Stuart Swann|
|Cabinet Member||Cllr Jean Wharmby|
|Cabinet Support Member||Cllr Wayne Major|
|Economic Development and Regeneration|
|Cabinet Member||Cllr Tony King|
|Cabinet Member||Cllr Angelique Foster|
|Cabinet Support Member||Cllr Pat Murray|
|Cabinet Member||Cllr Alex Dale|
|Cabinet Support Member||Cllr Julie Patten|
|Leader of the Opposition|
|Cllr Anne Western CBE|
|Election||Party in control|
Notable former members
- Dennis Skinner (1964-1970), later member of parliament for Bolsover
- David Bookbinder (Leader: 1981-1992), controversial leader of County Council
- Sir Martin Doughty (Leader: 1992-2001)
- Andrew Lewer MBE (2005-2014 Leader 2009-2013), later member of European Parliament for East Midlands
- "Your council – Derbyshire County Council". Retrieved 15 October 2011.
- "New Cabinet announced". Derbyshire County Council. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
- "The History". Derbyshire County Council. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
- "Short History of Derby UK". Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
- Roy Christian (15 August 1963). "Matlock and Matlock Bath: The Varied Fortunes of a Derbyshire Spa". Country Life. pp. 356–358. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
- "District and borough councils". Derbyshire County Council. Retrieved 18 November 2011.