Borough of Amber Valley
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|• Type||Amber Valley Borough Council|
|• Leadership:||Leader & Cabinet|
|• MPs:||Nigel Mills,|
|• Total||102.5 sq mi (265.4 km2)|
|• Rank||Ranked 180th|
|• Density||1,300/sq mi (480/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (British Summer Time)|
|ONS code||17UB (ONS) E07000032 (GSS)|
Amber Valley is a local government district and borough in the east of Derbyshire, England, taking 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.
The seat in the House of Commons of Amber Valley is of smaller scope. The population at the 2011 Census was 122,309.
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 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.
For historical political control and leadership, see Amber Valley Borough Council elections.
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 2022 election the council is composed of the following numbers of councillors: