High Peak Borough Council
Leader of Council
Cllr Anthony McKeown, Labour
Deputy Leader of Council
Cllr Damien Greenhalgh, Labour
Mayor of the High Peak
Cllr Ed Kelly
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|First past the post|
|2 May 2019|
|4 May 2023|
Buxton Town Hall
Municipal Buildings, Glossop
Full Council meetings are held at the Octagon, Buxton
|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 at the Octagon, Buxton. The whole council is elected once every four years. As of 2019[update], the council is controlled by the Labour Party.
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.
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.
The council is run by the "Leader and cabinet" model, where the Leader of the council – normally leader of the majority party – is selected by fellow councillors, who also select the Executive. At the 2019 local election, the Labour Party gained 5 seats and took control with a majority of 6. Cllr Anthony McKeown became the Leader of the council and Cllr Damien Greenhalgh became the Deputy Leader of the council.
At the 2019 election, the Conservative Party lost its majority control of the council and the Labour and Co-operative Party became the largest party with 22 seats, gaining a majority of 6. The Executive's membership including the Leader and Deputy Leader remained at five councillors.
|Leader of the Council||Cllr Anthony McKeown|
|Deputy Leader of the council
(and Executive Member for Regeneration, Tourism and Leisure)
|Cllr Damien Greenhalgh|
|Executive Member for Housing and Licensing||Cllr Fiona Sloman|
|Executive Member for Finance||Cllr Alan Barrow|
|Executive Member for Climate Change, Environment and Community Safety||Cllr Jean Todd|
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.
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.
Mayor of the Borough of High Peak
The current Mayor is Cllr Ed Kelly, who was elected as Mayor of High Peak for 2019/2020 and subsequently for 2020/2021. Unusually, Cllr Kelly's term as Mayor has been extended for a second consecutive year, due to issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Cllr Ed Kelly (2019/2020)
- Cllr Linda Grooby (2018/2019)
- Cllr Matt Stone (2017/2018)
- Cllr Stuart Young (2015/16)
- Cllr Alan Barrow (2014/15)
- Cllr Tony Kemp (2013/14)
- Cllr Pat Jenner, (2012/13)
- Cllr David Lomax (2011/12)
- Cllr Graham Oakley (2010/11)
Electoral wards and councillors
Below is a list of all 43 serving councillors:
|Liberal Democrats||Edith LONGDEN|
|Buxton Central||Labour||Matthew STONE|
|Chapel East||Conservative||Jim PERKINS|
|Chapel West||Conservative||Cath SIZELAND|
|Cote Heath||Conservative||Linda GROOBY|
|Gamesley||Labour and Co-operative||Anthony McKEOWN|
|Hadfield North||Labour||Ed KELLY|
|Hadfield South||Labour||Robert McKEOWN|
|Hope Valley||Green||Joanna COLLINS|
|Howard Town||Labour||Rachel ABBOTTS|
|Labour and Co-operative||Damien GREENHALGH|
|Limestone Peak||Conservative||Peter ROBERTS|
|New Mills East||Labour||Alan BARROW|
|New Mills West||Liberal Democrats||Ray ATKINS|
|Labour and Co-operative||Lance DOWSON|
|Old Glossop||Conservative||Jamie DOUGLAS|
|St John's||Conservative||George WHARMBY|
|Stone Bench||Labour||David KERR|
|Whaley Bridge||Liberal Democrats||David LOMAX|
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- "Your Council". High Peak Borough Council. 12 May 2021. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
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