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The Derbyshire Dales is ideally located in the heart of England, having good connectivity to Derby, Sheffield, Manchester and good transport links (M1, A6, A52, direct train links to major cities including London and close proximity to East Midlands Airport), giving businesses an advantage and providing a great opportunity for potential investors.


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Set in the heart of Bakewell, amid the rolling hills of the Derbyshire Dales, the District Council's Agricultural Business Centre is the ideal venue for meetings, conferences, seminars and training workshops.

The hub of the Peak rural economy, the Agricultural Business Centre is the venue for a host of regular events including the second biggest farmers' market in the whole of the UK and weekly livestock markets.

Business office opening times

Monday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
  • You will shortly receive your Business Rates for the new financial year 2017/18 based on the new rateable value as a result of the national revaluation.
  • The bills have been prepared and calculated based on current legislation and so it is important that you make payments as stated on your bill.
  • If you are going to have difficulty with making the payments you should contact the Business Rates Team as soon as possible to discuss the matter on 01629 761222
  • You may have seen that there have been announcements in the budget on the 8th March relating to Business Rates.
  • At this stage, the full details of how these changes will apply have not been sent to the Council and so we will have to wait for more information before we can make any changes to the Business Rates accounts that are affected.
  • As soon as more information is received from the government we will publish details on the website and work with our software company to prepare amended bills to those ratepayers who are affected by the changes.
  • We do not yet know whether the reliefs that are mentioned in the budget will require an application or signed statement of some kind, or not. We will work to identify the ratepayers who are affected and either; make contact with you inviting you to make an application (if it is required), or we will issue a revised bill (if an application is not required).
  • Please note that until such time as an amended bill is sent, you must continue to pay on your current bill to avoid recovery action taking place.Business Rates or National Non-Domestic Rates (NNDR) is a national tax collected from all occupiers or owners of non-domestic properties that appear in the Rating List.

Commercial rental values are, in general, the basis for assessing the rateable value of business properties. The gross rate charge is calculated by multiplying the rateable value by the non-domestic rating multiplier.

The Government sets the multiplier, whilst rateable values are assessed by the Valuation Office Agency, an executive agency of HM Revenues and Customs. The council bills and collects the Business Rates.

Every 5 years a new rating list is compiled and all rateable values are re-assessed. The Government has implemented successive Transitional Relief Schemes following each of the 5-yearly revaluations to reduce the impact of changes in rateable values upon business ratepayers.  The Government has decided that the next revaluation (and so new rating list) will be postponed until 2017.  The new rating list now comes into force from 1st April, 2017.

The Rating List is available online via the Valuation Office Agency website.

Explanatory notes

View a copy of the explanatory notes that accompany the bill here.

We publish our tender opportunities on the Source Derbyshire website which is the first port of call for viewing contract opportunities with us. Source Derbyshire gives information on new contract opportunities and lists recurring contracts for which it is possible to bid in the future.

Potential suppliers who have not done business with the District Council previously are advised to read our "How to do business with us" web page.  We have produced the guide to assist suppliers. It aims to help in three ways:

  1. It outlines the rules that the District Council must follow
  2. It alerts companies to the opportunity to supply the District Council
  3. It explains how to bid for District Council work

The District Council encourages competition and welcomes bids from new and established supplies.

Under the Licensing Act 2003, any individual or organisation involved in one or more of the following 'licensable activities' must be authorised by us. The licensable activities are:

  • sale or supply of alcohol
  • provision of regulated entertainment (including plays, films, sports, music and dancing)
  • provision of facilities for entertainment
  • sale of late night refreshment (hot food or drinks supplied between 11pm-5am).

To offer skin-piercing treatments - including tattooing, acupuncture, ear and body piercing - both the person performing the treatment and the premises must be registered with us.

The District Council is responsible for the licensing of Hackney Carriages, Private Hire Vehicles, their Operators and Drivers, operating within the district of Derbyshire Dales. The main aim of the whole licensing procedure is to ensure public safety.

We have many years of experience at working with the business community and managing partnership arrangements. If you would like to start developing a business relationship with us you can get involved in one of the area in which we operate.

How will you benefit?

Local authority sponsorship deals will raise your organisation's profile. By being seen to put something back into the community, your involvement with one of our events, project or initiative will raise awareness of your organisation. It shows that you care about your local area. It says you are prepared to give something worthwhile back to the community, whilst working towards your company's business objectives.

RegisterSign up for our FREE business e-newsletter - Topics include business events, funding, training and other opportunities and to seek your views on matters that relate to businesses in the Derbyshire Dales.

Whether you are setting up in business, are an established local company or are thinking of relocating to the Derbyshire Dales, this section may offer the advice and support you need.

We undertakes a wide range of duties designed to protect the health safety and welfare of people at work and those that visit places of work within our area. This involves enforcing legal standards in a variety of workplaces such as shops, offices, leisure centres, hotels, warehouses and residential homes. The Health and Safety Executive based in Nottingham deals with higher risk businesses such as factories, mines, quarries and farms.

Sign up to our Tourism Matters enewsletter to keep in touch with Tourism business news in Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District.

Based on analysis of the district's economic challenges and opportunities, the Derbyshire Dales Economic Plan 2014-2019 sets out the District Council's priorities to help enable the creation of more higher-value jobs in the Dales. The plan includes actions being undertaken by others which we will support, those we will need to undertake ourselves and the outcomes we are working towards over the next five years.

We support the Business Peak District partnership which aims to grow the Peak District economy. 

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, culture and experience.

The information sheet for each job shows some of the benefits that come with a job in local government.

We offer the opportunity to join a final salaried pension scheme. For more information please visit the Local Government Pension Scheme web site.

We welcome applications from disabled people, and we are committed to providing equal opportunities for all applicants.

Please note that we do not accept CVs, speculative applications or hold personal details on files.

To apply for one of our jobs, you can apply online using our online application form, print the application form, fill it in and post it to us or complete the application form electronically and email it to us.

Application forms must be received by us on or before the advertised closing date shown on the job vacancy. Application forms received after this date will not be accepted.

We will use the personal information supplied on the application and in any supporting documents to assess your suitability for the post and to monitor how effective, efficient and fair our recruitment and selection processes are. The information you provide will be kept for 6 months whether you have been shortlisted or not.

We may check the information you supply with other people and organisations in order to confirm the accuracy of your application (references, previous employment, education, etc).

Please get in touch if you are experiencing any difficulties completing a job application form.

The Department for Works and Pensions booklet called What to do after a death [PDF 0.22MB] offers sound advice on probate and other administrative issues that will need to be done around this time.

The Localism Act 2011 enshrined in law for the first time a new set of rights for communities, designed to put more power back in the hands of local people. The legislation put in place new community rights, relating to the following four areas:

Our Community Safety Team provide support to the Safer Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership to reduce crime and the fear of crime across Derbyshire Dales.  Like our Safer Derbyshire Dales Facebook page for regular news and updates.

The Partnership has succeeded in helping to keep the Derbyshire Dales a low crime area.  As of March 2016, there was a slight increase in crime in the Derbyshire Dales, but it still remains one of the safest places in the country. Anti-Social Behaviour Calls for Service to the police were down by 11% in March 2016.  The Community Safety team, have been working hard with a variety of partners including the police to keep the Derbyshire Dales a safe place to live, work and visit.
The work of the Safer Derbyshire Dales Partnership is scrutinised by a strategic group which is currently joint with the High Peak Community Safety Partnership and this group then report into the Derbyshire Police and Crime Panel and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

In 2016/ 2017 the work of the partnership will focus on the key risk and threat areas for the Derbyshire Dales, and more information about this can be found in their delivery action plan.

They are also hoping to launch a partnership with Crime Stoppers to increase confidential anonymous reporting of intelligence to the police.

Water companies in England and Wales have responsibility for the maintenance and repair of shared sewer pipes. This means you are only responsible for the drainage pipe which serves your own property. Sewer pipes which are shared by more than one property, or run beyond your property boundary, are Severn Trent Water's responsibility.

As well as the private drains serving a single home or business within the boundary of the property, there are a few other types of pipes that are the responsibility of the current owners. These are:

  • Water supply pipes within your property boundary
  • Existing surface water sewers that drain directly to watercourses
  • Privately owned sewage treatment works and pipes connected to them
  • Privately owned septic tanks and cesspits (including all associated pipes even if serving more than one property)
  • Private pumping stations

If you have a problem related to the above you should contact Severn Trent Water on 0800 783 4444.

Any food premises in Derbyshire Dales - whether they sell food to you, or prepare food to be sold - need to be registered with the District Council.

We inspect them regularly to ensure they meet the necessary standards of food safety and hygiene.

Our Environmental Health Section helps protect public health and supports businesses to ensure standards of hygiene and safety are maintained by:

  • registering premises used for food business
  • inspecting food premises on a risk basis
  • ensuring that food is processed, prepared and served in a safe and hygienic manner, focusing on 'Food Safety Management Systems ' principles
  • ensuring food handlers are adequately trained
  • investigating complaints about food, food premises and food poisoning
  • arranging random sampling of food and drinks
  • offering advice and guidance to food businesses

Trading Standards at Derbyshire County Council are responsible for making sure that food goods are properly labelled and that they meet certain compositional standards for example the meat content of pies, the cocoa levels in chocolate and the fruit and sugar levels in jams.

Or you can print out and fill in the PDF below:

Food Business Registration From [PDF 11KB]

Search: Find the food hygiene rating for a food establishment in the Derbyshire Dales.

The aim of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is to promote high performing food businesses and to enable you to make informed choices about where you eat out or shop for food.

The District Council has powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to deal with statutory nuisance. The areas that are covered by this legislation are listed below. Premises Where a neighbouring building is in a poor state of repair or condition and it begins to affect your property, then this can be a nuisance. An example would be where a neighbour's leaking guttering is causing damp to your property.

In certain circumstances you may be affected by pests such as insects, rats or mice arising from a nearby property or area of land. The District Council offers a Pest Control Service, who can offer advice and can treat your property.

CountrysideThe Public Health and Housing Section deals with a wide range of pollution related issues and enquiries. These pages can be used to find out more about activities that can cause pollution, about activities that are regulated by law to control the pollution that they may cause and about land contamination.

Many activities can, if not undertaken carefully or in accordance with the law, pollute our environment. Abandoned vehicles are unsightly and can leak fuel and oils where they are abandoned. Bonfires, as well as potentially causing a nuisance to neighbouring properties can cause localised air pollution.

The District Council produces annual reports on local air quality in Derbyshire Dales. In order to help us to do this we carry out routine monitoring throughout the district for a number of common air pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide, lead and dust.

Some activities are regulated by law under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016 (as amended). These are certain types of industrial and agricultural processes that have been designated as requiring permits to operate due to their potential to give rise to pollution of land, air or water. Some activities are permitted by the Environment Agency and some are permitted by the District Council.

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 Part IIA gives the District Council the responsibility to deal with land contamination issues. These are typically those issues arising from historical activities that are suspected to have resulted in land contamination and may pose a risk to human health or the wider environment.

We also advise our Planning colleagues and developers to ensure that local development is undertaken in such a way that issues including noise, light, odour and contaminated land do not become a problem.

One of our statutory duties is to undertake period reviews of the air quality in the district.

All local authorities are required to assess air quality in their areas. An Air Quality Management Area must be declared if pollutant concentrations are identified as exceeding, or likely to exceed, air quality objectives set out in The Air Quality Standards (England) Regulations 2007 and prescribed for Local Air Quality Management. These objectives must be met in any outdoor location where members of the public (receptors) are likely to be present.

At the current time 235 local authorities have declared Air Quality Management Areas, mostly for NO2 and PM10 from traffic sources. The number of Air Quality Management Areas will change through time as new areas are declared and existing areas are revoked when pollutant concentrations are no longer being exceeded.

There are currently seven Air Quality Management Areas within the County of Derbyshire, of which six have been declared in relation to traffic pollution and one in relation to industrial emissions.

The procedures that must be followed when investigating a likely breach of an air quality objective and when declaring an Air Quality Management Area are detailed in Technical Guidance LAQM.TG(16).

Contact details for Cubley Parish Council Clerk: Mrs Kim Panton Address: The Old School House Cubley Ashbourne Derbyshire DE6 2EY  Email: kim.panton@btinternet.com Tel: 01335 330 347 Fax: - Website: - Opening times: -

Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 ("Part IIA") was introduced to provide a system for the identification and remediation of land where contamination is causing, or is likely to cause, an unacceptable risk to human health or the wider environment.

Pollution from industrial installations in England and Wales has been controlled to some extent for over 150 years. The Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000 (the "PPC Regulations") were introduced under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 in response to the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directive (96/61), and build on existing systems. The PPC Regulations gradually replaced the pollution control regime set up under Part I of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA 1990), and the PPC Regulations were replaced in April 2008 by the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007, and again replaced on 6 April 2010 by the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010.  These have now been replaced by the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016.

The Public Register is a register of all processes that operate in Derbyshire Dales under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016. A current list of all regulated facilities can be downloaded at the end of this page.

Coating activities, printing and textile treatments are regulated under section 6.4 of the Environmental Permitting Regulations.

Within Derbyshire Dales there are currently only coating activities, and no printing or textile treatments. A coating material means paint, printing ink, varnish, lacquer, dye, any metal oxide coating, any adhesive coating, any elastomeric coating, any metal or plastic coating and any other coating material.

Section 6.4 covers a range of different activities for which there are thresholds for the use of coating materials, which contain solvents. Full details of the activities that are regulated under this section can be found in the Environmental Permitting Regulations. To summarise, installations using 5 or more tonnes of organic solvents require a permit to operate. Additionally, the re-spraying of road vehicles where 1 tonne or more of organic solvents are used in any 12 month period.

Under the Private Water Supplies Regulations 2016 the District Council has a duty to ensure that the location of all private water supplies is recorded, and those that serve commercial businesses or more than one domestic property are monitored to ensure that they are of sufficiently high quality to protect the health of consumers.

Water supplies not provided by the public water supply (mains water) can be from a borehole, spring, well or originate from ground run-off. Each supply requires its own unique protection and treatment. Those supplies which fall within the scope of the regulations are risk assessed and improvements recommended.  If there is a risk to public health improvements will be enforced in accordance with the Regulations.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It has no taste, smell or colour and it requires special devices to detect it. Radon is everywhere and it comes from the radioactive decay of naturally occurring uranium, which is found in small quantities in all soils and rocks. Radon levels vary between different parts of the country and even between neighbouring buildings.

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Information and advice on our kerbside collection schemes for recycling, garden waste, household refuse collections, including how to dispose of bulky items and find your local recycling banks.

We have put together an A-Z guide on general household waste.  If you're not sure what items go in what container, use the A-Z to find out.

How you can help?

This A-Z is powered by you, the resident.  If you can't find your item, let us know by completing our simple online form and we will update the A-Z accordingly. Others may have the same query so it's a great opportunity for you to help them out.

Recycling in Schools Education (RISE) project works with local schools throughout Derbyshire Dales to support recycling education.  We have a variety of workshops, lessons and interactive activities on offer for schools in the District led by our Recycling Advisor and Parks and Street Scene Team.

For more information on the activities available, to discuss your school's needs or book a date please complete the online interest form and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly.

Looking for a new home?

Home-Options is the Choice Based Lettings scheme for the Derbyshire Dales. It is the way to apply for social housing in the district.

Every fortnight, social landlords advertise their empty properties on the Home Options website. You can then search for an empty property that meets your needs, in a place where you want to live.

Have you got a home to let?

We are always in need of good quality homes for local residents.  Our aim is to increase the choices to local residents who need somewhere to live in Derbyshire.

If you are a private landlord or letting agent looking to let your property, Home-Options can introduce you to tenants and match tenants to your property.  There are no administration fees or hidden costs, all we ask is that you are an accredited landlord so we can be sure that we are offering good quality, well managed properties.

Over 5,000 local home seekers visit our Home-Options website every week so why not advertise your property for free?

To discuss advertising your property, contact your local Home-Options Team on tel: 01629 761 117 or email housingadvice@derbyshiredales.gov.uk

The Council works with Dales Housing, other registered social landlords and the private sector to provide a stock of houses that meet the needs of our community.

Home-Options is the Choice Based Lettings scheme for the Derbyshire Dales. It is the way to apply for social housing in the district.

Social landlords advertise their empty properties on the Home Options website. You can then search for an empty property that meets your needs, in a place where you want to live.

Do you need help paying your Council Tax or Rent?

If you are on a low income then you may be entitled to help with your Council Tax or rent. We also have a full online benefit calculator which will also enable you to make a claim electronically.

If you just want a rough idea of how much Housing Benefit (for Housing Association tenants) or Council Tax Support can be paid in a number of different circumstances, you can use the ready reckoners below:

Council Tax Support Ready Reckoner [PDF 186KB]
Housing Benefit Ready Reckoner (for Housing Association tenants) [PDF 181KB]

For tenants of private landlords, the Directgov website will give information on the amount of Local Housing Allowance that can be paid.

The following documents are also available for you to download and print:

or alternatively contact the Benefits Section at the Town Hall (telephone 01629 761188) and request a form.

Benefit Fraud Hotline

If you have any information about someone who is claiming benefit to which they may not be entitled you can report your suspicions to us by telephoning the Benefits Fraud Hotline on:

Benefit Fraud Hotline: 01629 761 330

You call will be treated in complete confidence and you need not give your name.

Council Tax is a locally set tax that is charged on domestic properties which helps to pay for the services provided by all the local authorities in your area. These include Derbyshire Dales District Council, Derbyshire County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority and the Town or Parish Council where you live.

Derbyshire Dales District Council needs income to provide services to the community including refuse collection, housing, leisure facilities, planning and development services and environmental services.

There are rules for who is liable to pay the Council Tax. In general, where a dwelling is occupied, the owners (if it is owner/occupied) or tenants (if it is rented) will be liable, provided they are aged 18 or over. Only persons aged 18 or over are classed as residents of a dwelling.

Most dwellings are subject to Council Tax. There is one bill per dwelling, whether it is a house, bungalow, flat, maisonette, mobile home or houseboat, and whether it is owned or rented. Each dwelling has been allocated to one of eight bands according to its open market capital value at 1st April 1991.

You may qualify for a Council Tax discount or exemption to help reduce your Council Tax bill.

The Government has embarked on a series of welfare reforms – the biggest changes to the system in over 60 years. Most of the changes have already been introduced but some of these are subject to change from April 2016. We want to make sure that you understand what the changes are and how they will affect you and those that live in your home.

If you receive benefits then it's important to find out now whether you are affected by the changes and what your options are.

More detailed information is available on the Welfare Reform pages of the Department for Works and Pensions website.

Some of the key changes

The following benefit changes are set to take place in 2016, some may be subject to change or approval.

Benefit and Tax Credit rates frozen

The main rates of working age benefits and tax credits will be frozen in cash terms for 4 years from April 2016. Pensioner benefits are excluded from the benefit freeze and will be protected by the ‘triple lock’.  

Disability benefits, the disability-related elements of tax credits and statutory payments including Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance (Support Group only), Maternity Allowance, Statutory Maternity/Paternity Pay and Statutory Sick Pay, will be uprated in line with the Consumer Prices Index (CPI). The CPI was announced to have fallen in the year to September 2015 so this means that the benefits mentioned above will not be increased from April 2016.

Benefit cap reduced

There is currently a benefit cap in place in England restricting the amount in certain benefits that a working age household can receive. Any household receiving more than the cap has their Housing Benefit reduced to bring them back within the limit.

From Autumn (dates for roll-out to be confirmed) the cap which is currently up to £26,000 per year is to be reduced to £20,000 for claimants living within the Derbyshire Dales. Individual households will be contacted by Jobcentre Plus in advance of the reduction being applied.

Housing Benefit changes

Unlike other reforms the Chancellor announced directly affecting child related payments, withdrawal of the family premium in Housing Benefit (£17.45 when a claimant has one or more dependant children) will take effect from 1 May 2016, a year earlier than the reductions for children within Child Tax Credit. Removal of the family premium will affect both new claims and new births from 1 May 2016.

Housing Benefit backdating will be reduced so that new claims from working age claimants will be backdated for a maximum of one month. Currently, if you are working age, your Housing Benefit claim can be backdated for up to six months if you can show good cause for making a late claim and you would have qualified for the benefit sooner.

Tax credit income disregard cut

At the moment, if your household income increases by up to £5,000 during the tax year this increase is ignored when calculating your entitlement for that year. From April 2016 this will be reduced so that any increase in income of more than £2,500 will be taken into account. According to the Treasury, it is estimated that 800,000 people will see their entitlement to tax credits reduced by an average of £200-£300 per year due to this cut which brings the 'income rise disregard' back to the same level it was when tax credits were first introduced.

New State Pension

For those reaching pension age from 6 April 2016 a new State Pension is being introduced to replace the basic State Pension and State Second Pension. This affects all women born on or after 6 April 1953 and all men born on or after 6 April 1951. The new pension is designed to be much simpler than the current system and will consist of a single amount to be awarded in full if you have 35 qualifying years of National Insurance contributions. If you don't have the contributions required for the full pension, as long as you have a minimum number of qualifying years (between 7 and 10) you will receive a pro rata amount. If you don't have the minimum number of qualifying years you will not qualify for the single tier pension. Any contributions made under the current pension system can be used toward the new State Pension.

If you qualify for the full amount you will receive £155.65 a week. For those who do gain in state pension income, for some this will be offset by reductions in means-tested benefit entitlements and if you fall under the new single tier pension system you will not be able to claim the Pension Credit savings credit.

Universal Credit changes

The work allowance in Universal Credit, the amount you can earn without your benefit being affected, will be reduced from April 2016. For disabled people and people with children it will be reduced to £192 per month if you have housing costs and £397 per month if you don’t have housing costs. The work allowance will be abolished altogether from April 2016 for non-disabled, childless claimants meaning your benefit is reduced as soon as you start earning.

The Childcare Costs element of Universal Credit currently pays for 70% of your registered childcare costs up to a monthly limit of £532 for one child or £912 for two or more children. From 11 April 2016, this will increase so that you will be able to claim back up to 85% of your paid out childcare costs up to a monthly limit of £646 for one child or £1108 for two or more children.

Disability Living Allowance changes

Claims for Disability Living Allowance can still be made by people aged 16-64 in Northern Ireland, however, from 20 June 2016 all new claims will be for Personal Independence Payment rather than DLA. Existing claimants of DLA reporting a change of circumstance will also be assessed for PIP rather than DLA.

Other changes

National Minimum Wage increased

The National Minimum Wage will be 'rebranded' as the National Living Wage and will be increased to £7.20 per hour for those 25 or over from April 2016. It will reach £9.00 per hour by 2020. 

Personal tax allowance increased

The Personal Tax Allowance, the amount you can earn before paying income tax, will be increased from £10,600 to £11,000 from April 2016. It will be further increased to £12,500 by 2020 and thereafter it will automatically be set at the same level as 30 times the National Living Wage (National Minimum Wage).

Rent changes for social tenants

From April 2016 social housing rents will be reduced by 1%, or in some exceptions frozen, for four years.

Roll out of Universal Credit

Universal Credit is scheduled to be rolled out nationally as a new single benefit for working age claimants, replacing traditional benefits like Housing Benefit, Income Support, Income-related Job Seekers Allowance, Income-Based Employment and Support Allowance and Tax Credits. Most claims will be made digitally online and payment will normally be a single household payment, including the housing costs, paid monthly in arrears directly to the claimant. All new claims from October 2013 will be a claim for Universal Credit with all other claims being moved over to Universal Credit over a 4-year period.

From 23rd November 2015, any single person living in the Derbyshire Dales area making a new claim for one of the benefits listed above will be expected to claim Universal Credit. Please contact the Council's Benefit Section for any advice concerning this change. Alternatively, for more information about Universal Credit, visit the Department for Works & Pensions website.

Our parks, open spaces and leisure facilities contribute to the health of residents by creating clean and attractive environments for a wide range of sport, recreational and play for all ages, as well as offering other social benefits such as bringing together communities, and learning and development.

We're proud to manage some of the region's most beautiful parks, gardens and open spaces.  From the iconic, award-winning Hall Leys Park in Matlock to a whole host of smaller parks and gardens.

Welcome to Derbyshire Dales Leisure Services. Fitness and wellbeing are fundamental to an improved healthy life. To help you achieve your fitness goals and aspirations, we have four leisure centres which provide all the facilities and activities you need to keep fit and healthy. They also provide a great sociable place to learn new skills as well as having a great deal of fun, whatever the weather! Select our Leisure Centres below for more information.

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Arc Leisure Matlock is modern and spacious with facilities and activities to suit everyone. Have a look through the information in this section to find out more about how you can enjoy what's on offer at Arc Leisure Matlock.

Key features

  • 8 lane, 25 metre regional competition standard swimming pool with movable floor and tiered spectator seating.
  • 45 station, cutting-edge fitness suite
  • Teaching pool and toddler splash pad
  • Regional standard badminton courts
  • First-class spaces for: fitness classes, indoor hockey, basketball, volleyball, five-a-side football, netball, gymnastics, dance classes, parties
  • Refurbished outdoor football pitches
  • Meeting rooms and more  


Opening times

For detailed timetable information please check the following:



Arc Leisure Matlock has its own car park facility were the first 2 hours are free. Our standard parking charges apply after the 2 hour period. There is also a drop-off point, disabled and coach parking.

Transport to Arc Leisure Matlock

Arc Leisure Matlock is situated a short walk from the A6, Bakewell Road. Trent Barton's 6.1 and Transpeak bus services and TM Travel's 214 and 110 bus services all stop on Bakewell Road; to find out more and up to date public transport information visit the Traveline website.

For those with mobility problems, Community Transport in Derbyshire offers a door to door transport service for elderly and disabled people; fares apply.

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Young boy with red arm bands learning to swimWe believe that swimming is an essential life skill that everyone should be able do for the sake of personal safety, general health and because it's fun.  It tones up the whole body, strengthens the heart and is perfect for burning calories.  Here at Arc Leisure Matlock we promote swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle through our varied swimming pool programme and the learn to swim scheme.


Ashbourne Leisure Centre is modern and spacious with facilities and activities to suit everyone. Have a look through the information in this section to find out more about how you can enjoy what's on offer at Ashbourne Leisure Centre.

Key features

  • 5 lane, 25 metre, 3.5m deep ( diving allowed) swimming pool with newly refurbished changing rooms
  • 40 station newly extended fitness suite with Free WiFi
  • 2 competition glass back squash courts and 1 training court.
  • 4 badminton court Main Hall with space for: fitness classes, indoor hockey, basketball, volleyball, five-a-side football, netball, gymnastics, dance classes, parties etc.
  • Minor Hall 15m x 10m ideal for martial arts, table tennis, fitness classes etc
  • Community/Training Room 15m x 10m perfect for training courses or meetings. This room has air conditioning, television & presentation equipment, water machine, free wifi, tea & coffee can be provided.

Opening times

For detailed timetable information please check the following:



Young boy with red arm bands learning to swimWe believe that swimming is an essential life skill that everyone should be able do for the sake of personal safety, general health and because it's fun.

It tones up the whole body, strengthens the heart and is perfect for burning calories.

Here at Ashbourne Leisure Centre we promote swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle through our varied swimming pool programme and the learn to swim scheme. 

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Bakewell Swimming Pool is a local community pool and gym situated in the centre of Bakewell.  Easily accessible on foot, by car and by public transport.

Facilities & activities include

  • Swimming Pool - 20m x 10.5m
  • Fitness Suite with 12 pieces of cardio vascular and resistance equipment
  • Adult and child swimming lessons
  • An extensive pool programme
  • A wide range of school holiday courses and activities
  • Birthday Parties

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We believe that swimming is an essential life skill that everyone should be able do for the sake of personal safety, general health and because it's fun.

It tones up the whole body, strengthens the heart and is perfect for burning calories.

Here at Bakewell Swimming Pool we promote swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle through our varied swimming pool programme and the learn to swim scheme.

Derbyshire Dales first FA affiliated small-sided football league began its first season in September 2011 and since then has continued to be successful and well supported by local teams.

 View the latest scores and league positions in this section.

For more information on entering a team into the small sided leagues please email arcleisurematlock@derbyshiredales.gov.uk



Our Great Value Membership Packages

We all know how important it is to be active and healthy, so we have put together a number of leisure membership packages as a great way for you to begin and to maintain an active lifestyle. From our £6.40 Active Leisure Card to our complete exercise package - Fitness Freedom (unlimited access during public sessions to gyms, pools and fitness classes across the Derbyshire Dales four leisure centres), we have a membership scheme to suit everyone.

Our membership packages are designed so that you only have to use our facilities twice a week in order to make fantastic savings, the more you come, the more you save!

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Have Fun and Be Active this Summer

This summer, we are offering a wide range of activities so your children can keep fit and above all, have fun!  

View our Super Summer Saver Offer: £70 for unlimited activities throughout the summer holidays! Super Summer Saver terms and conditions [PDF 165KB]

Here's the week-by-week offering:

Download our Summer Holiday Activity Programme booklet [PDF 2MB] 

There are plenty of activities for children of all ages; some sessions are also suitable for adults. Take a crash course in:

  • - swimming
  • - climbing
  • - cricket
  • - football
  • - tennis
  • - sports mania days

You can also hire our sports halls in Ashbourne, Matlock and Wirksworth for a game with friends and family or why not have a party in one of our pools?

We provide loads of great courses and activities for children, all year round.

Help your child to keep active and enjoy life to the full - enrol on a Derbyshire Dales District Council Active Sports for Kids course.

Active Sports for Kids - Booking NowEnjoy Life to the Full
There is plenty of evidence that says taking part in regular sporting activities helps to build children's health, self-esteem, educational achievement and above all, allows them to enjoy life to the full!

Our programme is always very popular so try and book early.  But don't worry if a course has already started, as we're happy to enrol you at any time, as long as a space is available.

We have courses for just about everything you can think of, including badminton, climbing, football, gymnastics, swimmingtennis and trampolining.

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Wirksworth Leisure Centre is modern and spacious with facilities and activities to suit everyone. Have a look through the information in this section to find out more about how you can enjoy what's on offer at Wirksworth Leisure Centre.

Key features

  • Climbing Wall 180m² of Lead / Top roping wall à 100m² of featured bouldering wall
  • 30 station Fitness Suite
  • 4 badminton court Main Hall with space for: fitness classes, basketball, volleyball, five-a-side football, netball, gymnastics, dance classes, parties etc.
  • Minor Hall with 1 badminton court ideal for martial arts, table tennis, fitness classes etc.
  • Meeting Room/Studio perfect for training courses or meetings and fitness classes.
  • Full Size Floodlit Astro Turf, 4 Tennis Court Floodlit Astro Turf and 3G 7-a-side Floodlit Astro Turf

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The Face is well renowned across the region for being an excellent facility and for having some of the most experienced climbing instructors around; it's also very popular due to its relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

As well as being great fun and a very satisfying skill to have under your belt, climbing is also a fantastic way to keep fit and develop strength and muscle tone.

Climbing Comp

Opening times

Day Time
Monday 0800-2230
Tuesday 0800-2230
Wednesday 0800-2230
Thursday 0800-2230
Friday 0800-2130
Saturday 0900-1730
Sunday 0900-1700


Wirksworth Leisure Centre recognises that climbing is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants of climbing should be aware of these risks.

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Derbyshire Dales District Council operates lively town centre stall markets in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth – all year round!

We also run the UK's second largest farmers' market in Bakewell every month.

Information on planning and building control services. Find information and advice to help you make sure your project complies with planning and building regulations.  Also, search, track and comment on planning applications.

Derbyshire Dales District, which for Planning and Conservation purposes only relates to that part of the District outside the Peak District National Park, covers approximately 33,000 hectares (128 sq miles) of land with a total population of around 45,000 and contains some of the most diverse and scenically beautiful areas in Britain. The District has a wealth of stunning landscapes, picturesque villages, historic buildings, over 1325 are listed buildings; conservation areas; archaeological sites and monuments and historic parks and gardens which make it one of the best places in Britain to live, work and visit.

The Council's Conservation Team is responsible for the care, protection and enhancement of the high quality historic built environment of the Derbyshire Dales.

A Conservation Area is 'an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance'.

Within the Derbyshire Dales area, outside the Peak District National Park, there are currently 33 designated Conservation Areas. For information relating to Conservation Areas in general please refer to the District Council's information leaflet entitled - 'Conservation Areas in the Derbyshire Dales' [PDF 280KB].

The list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest is a Register, compiled by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport  who record the best of British buildings.   It comprises a wide variety of structures from castles and cathedrals to milestones and village pumps.  Not all structures are what we may consider to be 'beautiful' as some are included purely for their historical value.  This heritage 'Register' covers the entire country.

The Planning Policy team is responsible for the formulation of land use planning policies to guide and encourage future development through the statutory planning framework within the Derbyshire Dales, outside the Peak District National Park.

The overall aim is secure an appropriate balance between enabling development to take place whilst also seeking to conserve, protect and where possible, enhance the local environment.

The preparation of planning policy documents is an ongoing process with new documents being drafted, consulted upon, updated and published on a regular basis. It is therefore advisable to check the site for updates on a regular basis.

The Localism Act has empowered communities to shape the development and growth of their local area through Neighbourhood Planning, and essentially consists of three elements:

  1. Neighbourhood Development Plans - Communities can write a plan which, if passed, becomes part of the statutory planning framework for the area
  2. Neighbourhood Development Orders - Communities can agree to approve a particular development of type of development without the need for planning permission
  3. Community Right to Build - Communities will be able to develop land subject to doing the work and passing examination and referendum (via a Neighbourhood Development Order)

The Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012 set out the procedures for Neighbourhood Planning and Community Right to Build.

The Derbyshire Dales Draft Local Plan is a very important document, as it sets out - up to 2033 - the overall vision, objectives, and policies for the future development of those parts of the Derbyshire Dales that lie outside the Peak District National Park.

After listening to what communities, local businesses and residents have said about the key issues that need to be tackled, and where new development should take place, we prepared a Local Plan which sets out how we think the area should develop in the future.

Local Plan Examination

Examination of the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan
Notice of Independent Examination Hearing Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 Statutory Instrument No.767 Regulation 24

The Examination Hearings commenced at 09.30am on Tuesday 9 May 2017 and closed on Tuesday 23 May. They took place in the Council Chamber of Matlock Town Hall. At the final session the inspector outlined the next steps for the examination which will remain open until he produces his report. The District Council has produced modifications following recommendations by the Inspector - and he will consider public comments on the main modifications before making his report.

The Derbyshire Dales Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State on 19th December 2016. A copy of the Submission Letter is available to view below:

Local Plan Submission Letter to the Secretary of State (PDF 82KB)

The notice of submission statement is available to view below:

Notice of Submission of Derbyshire Dales Local Plan Statement (PDF 9KB)

The Secretary of State has appointed Mark Dakeyne BA(Hons) MRTPI as the Inspector to undertake an independent examination of the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan. The Inspector will determine the date upon which the hearing part of the Examination in Public will commence.

Further details of the Examination in Public including the Local Plan Programme Officer can be found here.

Once the Plan has been adopted, it will replace the current Local Plan which was adopted in 2005. The new Local Plan will then be primary document that the District Council will need to take into account in making decisions on planning applications across the plan area.


Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD's) can cover a range of issues, and seek to expand policy or provide further detail to policies in a Development Plan Document. In comparison to Supplementary Planning Guidance prepared previously SPD's now have statutory weight attached to them in the determination of planning applications.

Report problems such as fly tipping and litter, find out about local car parks and get help with parking permits and blue badges.

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Have your say in our Car Parking Review

You can purchase a 2nd and/or replacement resident parking permit for your household online - in addition to the free permit that enables you to park for free in our car parks every day before 11am and after 4pm.

The Derbyshire Dales, situated right at the heart of England, has excellent transport links by road, rail, coach or air.

We are responsible for the day-to-day cleansing requirements of the District and this includes the hand and mechanical sweeping of highways, pavements and public open spaces such as car parks and market squares to remove litter and detritus.

We are also responsible for the removal of weeds from footways, the removal of dog faeces from pavements and verges and the sweeping of autumn leaves to maintain safety and reduce the risk of flooding. 

The main towns centres are cleaned daily through the use of barrowmen supported by mechanical pavement sweepers.  The villages are cleaned to a schedule, generally twice a year.  If standards within the villages or along the interlinking roads drop additional cleansing will be carried out.

Elton old hallThe Derbyshire Dales has a wide range of superb holiday accommodation to suit all tastes. So if it's a pampering stay in a luxury hotel, the privacy of your own self-catering holiday cottage or the independence of a camping or caravanning holiday, start your search to find something to meet your requirements.


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Whats on Guide websiteA lively programme of events runs throughout the year in the Derbyshire Dales - including well dressings, festivals, farmers' markets and our fabulous visitor attractions.  

Book tickets HERE for the 120th Matlock Bath Illuminations - and please note that on the last two Saturdays of the season (October 21 & 28) entry is by pre-booked tickets *only*.

The 2017 Matlock Bath Illuminations, a fun-packed family event featuring a spectacular parade of illuminated and decorated boats along the River Derwent, will run every Saturday and Sunday from 9 September to 28 October.

During the 8-week season Matlock Bath Venetian Boat Builders' Association will decorate themed models with an array of coloured lights. The models will be mounted on rowing boats and paraded on the River Derwent each Saturday (7.45pm and 9.15pm) and Sunday (7.30pm) in Derwent Gardens, giving a unique and illuminous display. The boats can only be viewed on admission into the gardens.

There will be fantastic firework displays every Saturday evening, which will light up the skies around Matlock Bath in multi-colours. The firework displays begin at 9pm with the best viewing positions being in the Bandstand area of Derwent Gardens.

Heights of Abraham logo for webThe fireworks are kindly sponsored by the fabulous Heights of Abraham attraction in Matlock Bath. 



  • Please note that on Saturdays in particular Matlock Bath can get extremely busy. For travel, timings and ticketing tips, see our FAQs
  • View our 2016 photo gallery on Facebook

Prices, events & capacity

This year adults pay £5.50 on Saturdays and £4.50 on Sundays if they buy online in advance - that's 50p cheaper than last year. Accompanied under 16s continue to be free, with concessions available for students and OAPs.

People who buy on the night will pay £7.50 on Saturdays and £6.50 on Sundays - £2 more expensive than the online prices. However on-the-night tickets are not guaranteed and will not be available if the event is sold out in advance.

The District Council has acted on feedback from a customer survey conducted after last year's eight-week spectacular. Every Saturday in 2017 will include a fireworks finale, with numbers in Derwent Gardens restricted to a maximum of 6,000 - down from 8,000 in previous years - to improve crowd movement and enjoyment for visitors.

To enhance the reputation of Sundays as a "family night", the event will start and finish earlier, running from 6-8pm to take account of the fact that younger visitors have school the following morning.

Other improvements for the 2017 Illuminations - the 120th - include better signage to the park and ride service, more stewards and more enforcement officers to police pedlars on the streets of Matlock Bath.

2017 Season


Matlock Bath Illuminations runs every Saturday and Sunday evening from 9 September until 28 October.  

Fireworks nights in 2017 will take place every Saturday evening from 9 September through to 28 October. 

Heights of Abraham logo for webThe fireworks are kindly sponsored by the fabulous Heights of Abraham attraction in Matlock Bath.  




Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome at the Illuminations, but owners should be aware that the fireworks at 9pm on Saturday are loud and can cause distress to some animals. Here's some advice from the RSPCA on pets and fireworks.


Picturesque villages and bustling market towns with historic buildings, speciality shops and local produce ...wooded valleys overlooked by spectacular crags and cut by sparking rivers. The Derbyshire Dales has all of this - a perfect choice for a day out, a weekend break or a longer holiday.

Walkers and cyclists enjoy an unrivalled choice of waymarked paths – offering routes to suit every ability, from gentle riverside paths to challenging long-distance routes. But many people visit the area simply to enjoy a gentle stroll around one of the many unspoilt villages.

The market towns of Bakewell, Ashbourne and Wirksworth are all unique in style and character. Browse around the Georgian streets, cobbled yards and antique shops of Ashbourne, lean over the ancient stone bridge spanning the River Wye in Bakewell and delight in the arts and crafts of historic Wirksworth. Or stop awhile in Matlock or Matlock Bath , developed as Victorian spas.

With a wealth of historic houses, including splendid Chatsworth, medieval Haddon Hall and the National Trust's stately Sudbury Hall, plus a World Heritage Site in the Derwent Valley, there is plenty to interest the history enthusiast.  And with well dressings, festivals, shows and other events throughout the year you'll be spoilt for choice when visiting the Derbyshire Dales.

The Derbyshire Dales is a paradise for walkers, horse riders, cyclists and lovers of other outdoor activities. With miles of waymarked footpaths, traffic-free cycle trails and bridleways there are routes suitable for all abilities. Gritstone edges offer a challenge to climbers, who come to the area from all over the country. Or if you prefer to relax with a spot of fishing or golf, there are plenty of excellent locations to enjoy yourself. Rivers and reservoirs offer excellent water-sports and the hills and edges offer superb opportunities for air-sports such as hang gliding and paragliding.

Find an activity and enjoy the great outdoors in the Derbyshire Dales!

Get out, get fit and enjoy the fresh air! Walking is the one of the best ways to see the countryside and the Derbyshire Dales offers an unrivalled choice of routes. The northern half lies with the Peak District, Britain's first National Park, where the limestone 'White Peak' is a patchwork of fields, stone walls and sparkling river valleys such as the Wye, Derwent, Lathkill and Dove. Higher up the moorland of the 'Dark Peak' ends in dramatic gritstone 'edges' offering superb views for walkers. In the southern half of the Dales the countryside is gentler, with rolling green fields and hedges where wildlife flourishes.

Cycling is very popular due to the miles of quiet country lanes and traffic-free former railway lines such as the the Tissington Trail, the High Peak Trail and the Monsal Trail.   Bring your own bikes or hire one at one of several cycle hire centres. 

Mountain bikers love the Dales too - with lots of challenging routes particularly in the Dark Peak 
area with its gritstone edges and moorland paths. 

Visit the Peak District website for further information on cycle routes and cycle hire (including electric bicycles).

The Council has 39 District Councillors serving a population of approximately 75,000. The Council's Corporate Plan sets out our overall direction and priorities, supported by a range of other strategies and plans. Our success in carrying out these plans is monitored through performance management.

Throughout the year we seek the views of residents, business owners, visitors and stakeholders on a range of topics. 

We regularly consult members of the public throughout the year. Our current consultations are available below.

Information about our budget and financial accounts and links to relevant reports and documents.

The Democratic Services department is one of our core services, providing support to our officers and Councillors in delivering our services to the public. Minutes and agendas for all meetings are all produced internally and can be found in this section.

You can find out about the business conducted in the council's decision making bodies, key decisions due to be taken by council and other committee decisions.

The District Council has a legal obligation to make certain information available to the public.

The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you access to your own personal information held by the District Council.

The Council’s approach to collecting, accessing, storing, sharing and deleting information is set out in its Information Governance Framework and Strategy

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 gives you access to environmental information about the air, water, soil or land and factors affecting them, such as noise, energy, radiation or waste held by the District Council.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives you access to other information, which is held by the District Council.

The Data Protection Act 1998 exists to protect all personal information held by organisations such as the Council. It also gives individuals the right to know what information is being held about them, known as a Subject Access Request.

Personal Information Held

A full list of the types of information held by the Council, known as the 'Register of Notifications' is held by the Information Commissioner.

You can search this list by visiting the Data Protection Public Register. You will need to enter our registration number Z6752355 or you can enter Derbyshire Dales District Council.

We use information about individuals to carry out specific functions for which we are responsible and in turn provide you with services you require.

We are under a duty to protect the public funds that we administer and, to this end, may also use the information that you have provided for:

  • the prevention & detection of fraud
  • to support national fraud initiatives; this may include your information being used in data matching exercises

open data logoThe aim of open data in the public sector is to increase transparency across Government and allow anyone, whether businesses, individuals, charities and community groups to re-use public sector information. The data needs to be in open, readable formats that can be easily reused.

The aim is to:

  • Make all data we hold available online (unless private or sensitive)
  • Encourage residents, businesses and anyone else with an interest to use our data to develop applications
  • Increase transparency and accountability

Use of our open data

All data listed on this open data section is released for public re-use under the Open Government Licence - this licence allows you to use the data for any purpose you wish so long as the source is credited to Derbyshire Dales District Council.

As residents of Derbyshire Dales, you are eligible to vote in a number of local and central government elections providing your name is included on the Register of Electors.

This page contains the results of the Derbyshire Dales District Council Elections which took place on Thursday, 7th May 2015 for 39 seats in 25 ward areas, nine of which were uncontested.

Current Council seats

Party Number of seats
Conservative 29
Independent 1
Labour 5
Liberal Democrats 3
Other 1
Total seats 39

Our Communications team seek to provide newsworthy, topical and interesting information that is factually accurate and timely. All news material can be used freely for publication. If there is information you need but can't find it, please get in touch and we will do what we can to help.

We particularly welcome petitions as one way in which you can let us know your concerns. We set out below how the District Council will respond to petitions that you send to us.

What is a petition?

We treat as a petition any communication that is signed by or sent to us on behalf of a number of people. A communication needs at least 10 signatories or petitioners before we treat it as a petition. Whilst we like to hear from people who live, work or study in the Derbyshire Dales, this is not a requirement and we would take equally seriously a petition from, for example, 10 visitors to the District on the subject of facilities at one of our Leisure Centres.

The District Council welcomes e-petitions that are created and submitted through its website.

E-petitions must follow the same guidelines as paper petitions and combinations of the two are allowed.

As a petition organiser you will need to provide your name, postal address and email address. You will also need to decide how long you would like your petition to be open for signatures. The maximum time is six months, but you can choose a shorter or longer timeframe, which may depend on when the District Council will consider the issue you raise.

When you create an e-petition, it can take up to five working days before it is published online. This is because we have to check that the content of your petition is suitable before it is made available for signature.

If we feel we cannot publish your petition for some reason, we will contact you within this time to explain. You will be able to change and resubmit your petition if you wish.

When an e-petition has closed for signature, it will be dealt with as described in the 'Dealing with your petition' webpage and you will be kept fully informed of its progress. In the same way as a paper petition, you will receive an acknowledgement when your e-petition closes.

If you require further information please contact the Petition Officer.


Listed here are closed e-petitions that have been posted on the website.

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The Council has 39 District Councillors elected in 25 wards.

The Conservative Party retained overall control of the Council at the local elections on 7 May 2015. The political composition of the Council is as follows

  • Conservative - 29 seats
  • Labour - 5 seats
  • Liberal Democrats - 3 seats
  • Independent - 1 seat
  • Other - 1 seat

2015 election results

The Council has 39 District Councillors elected in 25 wards.

The Conservative Party currently has control of the Council. The political makeup of the Council is as follows

  • Conservative - 28 seats
  • Labour - 5 seats
  • Liberal Democrats - 3 seats
  • Independent - 1 seat
  • Other - 1 seat
  • Vacancy - 1

List of Parish Clerks in the Derbyshire Dales [PDF 205kb]

Parish and Town Councils are the most local level of government in England. All parts of the Derbyshire Dales District have either a parish or town council.

What are Parish/Town Councils?

Parish/Town Councils are independent of the District Council, although they normally maintain a close working relationship with us.

Their powers vary depending on how large and how active they are. Some meet infrequently (but at least four times a year, including one public meeting) and are responsible for very few matters.  Some larger parishes look after items such as street lighting, litter bins, bus shelters, village halls, war memorials and markets.

We take pride in the way we deal with our customers. We try and provide you with efficient and high quality services at all times.

However, we recognise that despite our best efforts sometimes things can and do go wrong. We want to know if you are unhappy with our service. We would also like to hear from you if you are satisfied with our service.

Our aim is to provide a broad range of opportunities for people living and working in the Derbyshire Dales to become more active, improve health and wellbeing, and improve quality of life.

Active Everyone
If you are new to or returning to physical activity then why not start with Active Everyone. A fun and social low level activity programme for all.
Walking for Health
A series of weekly walks ranging from entry level to more advanced. No matter what level, all Walking for Health walks are friendly, social, and are delivered by committed volunteers.
Clubs First
Everything your clubs needs from funding advice, coaching courses and much more. Join Clubs First today.
Go Cycling
Safe, weekly cycle rides delivered off road by friendly ride leaders. Similar to our walks, Go Cycling cycle rides are social and friendly, and provide the opportunity to be out and about with likeminded friends and family.

Our main aims

  • Increase participation in sport and physical activity for everyone – creating safer, stronger, and healthier communities
  • Develop a sports club and group network – providing quality and accessible sport and physical activity
  • To develop and sustain a quality, enthusiastic workforce
  • To develop and manage existing and new or improved facilities

StreetGames is a national sports charity that brings sport to the doorstep of young people in targeted communities. Doorstep sport sessions happen where young people are free to come and go as they please and choose the sports they take part in. StreetGames is for young people wanting to participate in local sport, interested in volunteering and wanting to improve their health and wellbeing. 

 StreetGames timetable

Area Day Time Venue
Wirksworth Tuesday 3.30 to 5pm Anthony Gell School
Ashbourne Friday 6.30 - 8pm  Ashbourne Recreation Ground
Matlock TBC TBC Highfields School

October to December 2017 Walking Guide [PDF 2MB]

A programme of led walks across the Derbyshire Dales, supporting local communities to maintain active lifestyles and improve the health and wellbeing of local people. 

It's a great way of meeting new friends with the chance to socialise and enjoy refreshments either during or after the walk.  Why not encourage a friend to come with you?

We always welcome new walkers throughout the year!