High Peak Borough Council

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High Peak Borough Council
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Executive
Leader
Cllr Tony Ashton, Conservative
Deputy Leader
Cllr Tony Kemp, Conservative
Mayor
Cllr Stuart Young
Chief Executive
Simon Baker
Structure
Seats 43
Political groups

 Labour
 Conservatives
 Liberal Democrats
 Independents

  Non-Aligned
Elections
First past the post
Last election
7 May 2015
Meeting place
Buxtontownhall.jpg
Town Hall,
Buxton,
Derbyshire,
SK17 6EL

Glossopmunicipalbuildings.jpg
Municipal Buildings,
Glossop,
Derbyshire,
SK13 8AF

Full Council meetings are held at Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Hall.
Website
http://www.highpeak.gov.uk
Footnotes
The council meeting places have changed due to the closure and sale of the council's former base at Chinley[1]

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 alongside Derbyshire County Council for High Peak. 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. Major settlements include Castleton, Glossop, Buxton, New Mills, Whaley Bridge and Chapel-en-le-Frith. The whole council is elected once every four years. As of May 2015 the council is controlled by the Conservatives.

History[edit]

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. In the local elections of May 2007, the Conservative Party gained overall control of the council, as after the 1999 election the Labour Party had been the largest party and in 2003 the council was under no overall control.

Shortly after taking office the Conservative Party implemented a number of policies including contracting out and selling off refuse and recycling services, this being the first time such services have been managed by a private company in recent years and the contract started in August 2008.

Additionally, in June 2009, the ruling Conservative administration took the decision to dispose of the current base of the council which houses the location of full council meetings. The site was seen as wasteful and that it would be more efficient to hold the functions elsewhere. The site has now been sold.

Administration[edit]

The Council, made up of 43 councillors, is currently control by the Conservatives as of the 2015 local election holding 23 seats.

Political party Seats
Conservatives 23
Labour 17
Liberal Democrats and Independent Alliance 3 (2 LibDems, 1 Ind)

[2]

Leader[edit]

As of the 2015 local election, Tony Ashton became the Leader of High Peak Borough Council and Tony Kemp 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 became the Leader of High Peak Borough Council after the Labour Party gained control through a minority administration.

Mayor[edit]

The current Mayor is Cllr Stuart Young who was elected as Mayor of High Peak for 2015/16 in May 2015. Predecessors include: Cllr Alan Barrow was Mayor of High Peak for 2014/15. Cllr Tony Kemp was Mayor of High Peak for 2013/14. Cllr Pat Jenner was Mayor of High Peak for 2012/13. Cllr David Lomax was Mayor of High Peak for 2011/12.

Cllr Graham Oakley was Mayor of High Peak for 2010/11.

Executive[edit]

At the 2015 election, the Labour Party lost minority control of the council and the Conservative Party became the largest party with 23 seats, with a majority of 3. Upon taking control they increased the number of councillors on the executive from four to five.

Role Councillor
Leader of the Council Tony Ashton
Deputy Leader of the Council and
Executive Member for Regeneration
Tony Kemp
Executive Member for Housing Julie McCabe
Executive Member for Corporate Services Emily Thrane
Executive Member for Environment John Haken

Electoral wards and councillors[edit]

[3] Below is a list of all 43 serving councillors:

Ward Political Party Councillor
Barms Labour Party Rachael QUINN
Blackbrook Conservative Party John KAPPES
Caroline HOWE
Burbage Conservative Party Samantha FLOWER
Buxton Central Labour Party Jean TODD
Matthew STONE
Chapel East Conservative Party Jim PERKINS
Chapel West Conservative Party Kath SIZELAND
Stewart YOUNG
Corbar Conservative Party Clive JOHNSON
Tony KEMP
Cote Heath Labour Party Linda GROOBY
Colin BOYNTON
Dinting Conservative Party Jean WHARMBY
Gamesley Labour Party Anthony MCKEOWN
Hadfield North Labour Party Ed KELLY
Hadfield South Labour Party Bob MCKEOWN
Edward SIDDALL
Hayfield Conservative Party Peter EASTER
Hope Valley Conservative Party Sarah HELLIWELL
John WALTON
Howard Town Labour Party Godfrey CLAFF
Damien GREENHALGH
Limestone Peak Conservative Party Daren ROBINS
New Mills East Labour Party Ian HUDDLESTONE
Alan BARROW
New Mills West Labour Party Lance DOWSON
Liberal Democrats Ray ATKINS
Old Glossop Conservative Party Jamie DOUGLAS
Paul HARDY
Padfield Labour Party Nick LONGOS
Sett Conservative Party Tony ASHTON
Simmondley Conservative Party John HAKEN
Julie MCCABE
St John's Conservative Party George WHARMBY
Stone Bench Labour Party David KERR
Fiona SLOMAN
Temple Conservative Party Emily THRANE
Tintwistle Labour Party Pat JENNER
Whaley Bridge Independent John PRITCHARD
Liberal Democrats David LOMAX
Andrew FOX
Whitfield Labour Party Graham OAKLEY

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