Amber Valley

Coordinates: 53°00′N 1°24′W / 53.00°N 1.40°W / 53.00; -1.40
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Borough of Amber Valley
Ripley, the administrative centre of Amber Valley and the second largest settlement in the borough
Ripley, the administrative centre of Amber Valley and the second largest settlement in the borough
Coat of arms of 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)
 • Rank132nd
 • Total126,489
 • RankRanked 185th
 • Density1,200/sq mi (480/km2)
Ethnicity (2021)
 • Ethnic groups
Religion (2021)
 • Religion
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[2]

Amber Valley is a local government district with borough status in the east of Derbyshire, England, taking its name from the River Amber. Its council is based in Ripley. The district covers a semi-rural area lying to the north of the city of Derby. The district contains 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 village of Crich and other parts of the district were the setting for ITV drama series Peak Practice.


The district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 as one of nine districts within Derbyshire. The new district covered the area of five former districts, which were all abolished at the same time:[3]

The new district was named Amber Valley, after the River Amber.[4] Amber Valley was granted borough status in 1989, allowing the chair of the council to take the title of mayor.[5]


Amber Valley Borough Council
Tony Holmes,
since 24 May 2023
Chris Emmas-Williams,
since 24 May 2023
[Chief Executive]
Simon Gladwin
Political groups
Administration (26)
  Labour (26)
Opposition (16)
  Conservative (8)
  Green (5)
  Belper Independents (2)
  Liberal Democrats (1)
Last election
4 May 2023
Next election
Meeting place
Town Hall, Market Place, Ripley, DE5 3BT

Amber Valley Borough Council provides district-level services. County-level services are provided by Derbyshire County Council. Most of the district is also covered by civil parishes, which form a third tier of local government.[6]

The council does not have a single chief executive position, having abolished the post in 2012. Instead it has two "executive directors". The statutorily-required position of head of paid service (which is usually held by a council's chief executive) alternates each year between Amber Valley's two executive directors.[7][8]

Political control[edit]

Labour won a majority on the council at the 2023 election, taking control from the Conservatives.[9]

The first election to the council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority alongside the outgoing authorities until the new arrangements came into effect on 1 April 1974. Political control of the council since 1974 has been as follows:[10][11]

Party in control Years
Labour 1974–1976
No overall control 1976–1980
Labour 1980–1987
No overall control 1987–1988
Conservative 1988–1991
Labour 1991–2000
Conservative 2000–2014
Labour 2014–2015
Conservative 2015–2019
Labour 2019–2021
Conservative 2021–2023
Labour 2023–present


The role of mayor is largely ceremonial in Amber Valley. Political leadership is instead provided by the leader of the council. The leaders since 2003 have been:[12]

Councillor Party From To
Alan Cox Conservative pre-2003 17 Dec 2007
Stuart Bradford Conservative 17 Dec 2007 11 Jun 2014
Paul Jones Labour 11 Jun 2014 20 May 2015
Alan Cox Conservative 20 May 2015 8 May 2016
Kevin Buttery Conservative 25 May 2016 22 May 2019
Chris Emmas-Williams Labour 22 May 2019 9 May 2021
Kevin Buttery Conservative 19 May 2021 24 May 2023
Chris Emmas-Williams Labour 24 May 2023


Following the 2023 election, the composition of the council was:[13]

Party Councillors
Labour 26
Conservative 7
Green 6
Belper Independents 2
Liberal Democrats 1
Total 42

The next election is due in 2027.


The council is based at Ripley Town Hall, which had been built in 1881 as a market hall and converted to a town hall for the former Ripley Urban District Council in 1907. A modern extension to the west of the building was added in the 1990s.[14]


Since the last boundary changes in 2023 the council has comprised 42 councillors elected from 18 wards, with each ward electing two or three councillors. Elections are held every four years.[15]

Alfreton, the largest settlement in the Amber Valley district
Heanor, the third-largest settlement in Amber Valley
Crich Stand

Towns of Amber Valley[edit]

Main villages of Amber Valley[edit]


There are 35 civil parishes in the borough, covering almost the whole area. The exception is Riddings, which is an unparished area, being the only part of the former Alfreton Urban District not to have been subsequently added to a parish.[16]


Coat of arms of Amber Valley
Granted 18 October 1989 [17]
On a wreath of the colours the battlements of a tower Proper issuant therefrom between two abbatical crosiers Or an oak tree Proper fructed and ensigned by a crown of fleurs-de-lys Gold.
Vert a pale wavy Or a bordure Argent charged with five horseshoes Sable on a chief of the second between two lozenges a cresset Sable fired Proper.
On the dexter side a unicorn Argent armed and crined Or gorged with a collar pendent therefrom a cross flory Gules and on the sinister side a leopard Proper gorged with a collar Gules pendent therefrom a fleur-de-lys Or.
Per Laborem Progedimur (We Make Progress Through Hard Work)


In terms of television, the Amber Valley is served by BBC East Midlands and ITV Central broadcasting from the Waltham transmitter. Some north eastern parts of the district around Alfreton receive better television signals from the Emley Moor transmitter that broadcasts BBC Yorkshire and ITV Yorkshire programmes.

Radio stations that broadcast to the area are:

The local newspapers are the Ripley & Heanor News,[18] Belper News[19] and Derbyshire Times.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2021). "2021 Census Area Profile – Amber Valley Local Authority (E07000032)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 5 January 2024.
  2. ^ Lead View Table
  3. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Definition) Order 1972",, The National Archives, SI 1972/2039, retrieved 31 May 2023
  4. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Names) Order 1973",, The National Archives, SI 1973/551, retrieved 31 May 2023
  5. ^ "Bulletin of Changes of Local Authority Status, Names and Areas 1st April 1988–31st March 1989" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 December 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Local Government Act 1972",, The National Archives, 1972 c. 70, retrieved 31 May 2023
  7. ^ "Executive Director (Operations): Recruitment pack". Amber Valley Borough Council. Retrieved 1 June 2023.
  8. ^ "Top three levels of the organisational structure, May 2023". Amber Valley Borough Council. Retrieved 1 June 2023.
  9. ^ Torr, George; Roberts, Georgia (5 May 2023). "Local Elections 2023: Labour big winners across Derbyshire". BBC News. Retrieved 1 June 2023.
  10. ^ "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 14 May 2023.
  11. ^ "Amber Valley". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  12. ^ "Council minutes". Amber Valley Borough Council. Retrieved 21 August 2022.
  13. ^ "Local elections 2023: live council results for England". The Guardian.
  14. ^ "Historic Monument Record: Town Hall, Market Place, Ripley". Derbyshire County Council. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  15. ^ "The Amber Valley (Electoral Changes) Order 2022",, The National Archives, SI 2022/810, retrieved 1 June 2023
  16. ^ "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 1 June 2023.
  17. ^ "East Midlands Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  18. ^ "Ripley & Heanor News". British Papers. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2024.
  19. ^ "Belper News". British Papers. 19 February 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2024.

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