Amber Valley

Amber Valley is a local government district and borough in the east of Derbyshire, England. It takes its name from the River Amber. It covers a semi-rural zone with 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.

Borough of Amber Valley
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)
Area rank146th
 (mid-2019 est.)
  RankRanked 180th
  Density1,300/sq mi (480/km2)
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[1]

The seat in the House of Commons of Amber Valley is of smaller scope. The human population at the 2011 Census was 122,309.[2]

The village of Crich and other parts of the district were the setting for ITV drama series Peak Practice.

Elections to the borough council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the 45 seats on the council being elected at each election. The council has been run by the Conservative party since they gained control from the Labour party at the 2000 election except for a single year after the 2014 election and for two years after the 2019 election. Following the 2021 election the council is once again under Conservative party control and is currently composed of the following numbers of councillors:


Towns of Amber Valley

Council headquarters at Ripley Town Hall
The offices of Amber Valley at Alfreton House in Alfreton.[3]

Main villages of Amber Valley

The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the urban districts of Alfreton, Belper, Heanor and rural districts of Ripley and Belper. The Amber Valley district was granted borough status in 1988.

Crich Stand



Coat of arms of Amber Valley
Granted 18th October 1989 [4]
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)

See also


  1. Lead View Table
  2. "Local Authority population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  3. Alfreton House, Geograph picture, accessed September 2009
  4. "East Midlands Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 5 March 2021.