High Peak Borough Council
|High Peak Borough Council|
Cllr Tony Ashton, Conservative
Cllr Tony Kemp, Conservative
Cllr George Wharmby
|First past the post|
|7 May 2015|
Full Council meetings are held at Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Hall.
|The council meeting places have changed due to the closure and sale of the council's former base at Chinley|
High Peak Borough Council is the local authority for High Peak, a borough of Derbyshire, England. It forms part of the two-tier system of local government for High Peak, alongside Derbyshire County Council. The administrative base of High Peak Borough Council is split between sites in the towns of Buxton and Glossop. Full council meetings are usually held in Buxton. The whole council is elected once every four years. As of May 2015 the council is controlled by the Conservatives.
In February 2008, the council formed a strategic alliance with the neighbouring Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, an arrangement where both councils share a number of services and staff to keep costs as low as possible.
The High Peak Borough Council was formed on 1 April 1974 by absorbing the municipal boroughs of Buxton and Glossop, the urban districts of New Mills and Whaley Bridge and the rural district of Chapel-en-le-Frith, all of which had previously been in the administrative county of Derbyshire, as well as the rural district of Tintwistle which had been in the administrative county of Cheshire.
At the May 2011 election the Conservative Party lost overall control of the council and it became No overall control, with the Labour Party having the largest number of seats but being short of a majority.
Shortly after taking office in 2007, the Conservative Party implemented a number of policies including contracting out the refuse and recycling services. The contract began in August 2008, and was continued by the succeeding Labour administration.
In June 2009, the ruling Conservative administration took the decision to dispose of the former council headquarters in Chinley, which also housed the location of full council meetings. The Council said that disposal of the site would save £200,000 per year. The site has now been sold.
|Liberal Democrats and Independent Alliance||3 (2 Lib Dems, 1 Ind)|
At the 2015 local election, Tony Ashton became the Leader of High Peak Borough Council and Tony Kemp became the Deputy Leader, after the Conservative Party gained control with a majority of 3.
From 2003 to 2007 the Leader was David Lomax of the Liberal Democrats. In 2007, after the Conservatives gained control of the council, John Faulkner was elected to the post, but he resigned less than a year later and Deputy Leader Tony Ashton took over as Leader.
From 2011 to 2015 the Leader was Caitlin Bisknell, after the Labour Party gained control with a minority administration.
The current Mayor is Cllr George Wharmby who was elected as Mayor of High Peak for 2016/167 in May 2016. Predecessors include:
- Cllr Stuart Young, Mayor of High Peak for 2015/16
- Cllr Alan Barrow, Mayor of High Peak for 2014/15
- Cllr Tony Kemp, Mayor of High Peak for 2013/14
- Cllr Pat Jenner, Mayor of High Peak for 2012/13
- Cllr David Lomax, Mayor of High Peak for 2011/12
- Cllr Graham Oakley, Mayor of High Peak for 2010/11
At the 2015 election, the Labour Party lost minority control of the council and the Conservative Party became the largest party with 23 seats, gaining a majority of 3. Upon taking control they increased the number of councillors on the executive from four to five.
|Leader of the Council||Tony Ashton|
|Deputy Leader of the Council and
Executive Member for Regeneration
|Executive Member for Housing||Julie McCabe|
|Executive Member for Corporate Services||Emily Thrane|
|Executive Member for Operational Services||John Haken|
Electoral wards and councillors
|Barms||Labour Party||Rachael QUINN|
|Blackbrook||Conservative Party||John KAPPES|
|Burbage||Conservative Party||Samantha FLOWER|
|Buxton Central||Labour Party||Jean TODD|
|Chapel East||Conservative Party||Jim PERKINS|
|Chapel West||Conservative Party||Kath SIZELAND|
|Corbar||Conservative Party||Clive JOHNSON|
|Cote Heath||Conservative Party||Linda GROOBY|
|Dinting||Conservative Party||Jean WHARMBY|
|Gamesley||Labour Party||Anthony MCKEOWN|
|Hadfield North||Labour Party||Ed KELLY|
|Hadfield South||Labour Party||Bob MCKEOWN|
|Hayfield||Conservative Party||Peter EASTER|
|Hope Valley||Conservative Party||Sarah HELLIWELL|
|Howard Town||Labour Party||Godfrey CLAFF|
|Limestone Peak||Conservative Party||Daren ROBINS|
|New Mills East||Labour Party||Ian HUDDLESTONE|
|New Mills West||Labour Party||Lance DOWSON|
|Liberal Democrats||Ray ATKINS|
|Old Glossop||Conservative Party||Jamie DOUGLAS|
|Padfield||Labour Party||Nick LONGOS|
|Sett||Conservative Party||Tony ASHTON|
|Simmondley||Conservative Party||John HAKEN|
|St John's||Conservative Party||George WHARMBY|
|Stone Bench||Labour Party||David KERR|
|Temple||Conservative Party||Emily THRANE|
|Tintwistle||Labour Party||Pat JENNER|
|Whaley Bridge||Independent||John PRITCHARD|
|Liberal Democrats||David LOMAX|
|Conservative Party||Andrew FOX|
|Whitfield||Labour Party||Graham OAKLEY|
- "Councillors". High Peak Borough Council. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
- "For sale signs go up at council complex". Buxton Advertiser. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
- "Tenders and contracts". Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
- "Chinley offices closure deadline". Buxton Advertiser. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
- High Peak Borough Council - Elections
- High Peak Borough Council - High Peak Borough Council Wards
- "High Peak Borough Council - Borough Council Election Results 2011". High Peak Borough Council. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
- "High Peak Borough – Wards and their Councillors". High Peak Borough Council. Archived from the original on 11 May 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2010.