Borough of Chesterfield
Chesterfield skyline and the Crooked Spire of Chesterfield Parish Church.
Chesterfield skyline and the Crooked Spire of Chesterfield Parish Church.
Shown within Derbyshire
Shown within Derbyshire
Borough of Chesterfield is located in England
Borough of Chesterfield
Borough of Chesterfield
Location within England
Borough of Chesterfield is located in the United Kingdom
Borough of Chesterfield
Borough of Chesterfield
Location within the United Kingdom
Borough of Chesterfield is located in Europe
Borough of Chesterfield
Borough of Chesterfield
Location in Europ
Coordinates: 53°14′N 1°25′W / 53.233°N 1.417°W / 53.233; -1.417
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
RegionEast Midlands
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district
 • Local AuthorityChesterfield Borough Council
 • MPsToby Perkins (L)
Lee Rowley (C)
 • Total103,672 (Ranked 227th)
Ethnicity (2021)
 • Ethnic groups
Religion (2021)
 • Religion
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
Post town
Dialling code01246
ISO 3166-2GB-DBY
ONS code17UD (ONS)
E07000034 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSK382711

The Borough of Chesterfield is a non-metropolitan district with borough status in Derbyshire, England. It is named after the town of Chesterfield, its largest settlement, and also contains the town of Staveley and the large village of Brimington.

The borough borders the North East Derbyshire district to the north, west and south, and the Bolsover district to the east.


The town of Chesterfield had been an ancient borough. It was reformed to become a municipal borough in 1836 under the Municipal Corporations Act 1835, governed by a corporate body called "the mayor, aldermen and burgesses of the borough of Chesterfield", generally known as the corporation or town council.[2] The modern district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 as one of nine non-metropolitan districts within Derbyshire. The new district covered the area of two former districts and a single parish from a third, which were all abolished at the same time:[3]

The new district was named Chesterfield after its largest town.[4] The new Chesterfield district was granted borough status from its creation, allowing the chair of the council to take the title of mayor, continuing Chesterfield's series of mayors dating back to 1598.[5][6]


Chesterfield Borough Council
Mick Brady,
since 17 May 2023[7]
Tricia Gibley,
since 10 May 2017
Huw Bowen
since 2008[8]
Seats40 councillors
Political groups
  Labour (28)
  Liberal Democrats (12)
Last election
4 May 2023
Next election
6 May 2027
Meeting place
Town Hall, Rose Hill, Chesterfield, S40 1LP

Chesterfield Borough Council provides district-level services. County-level services are provided by Derbyshire County Council. The Staveley and Brimington parts of the borough are also covered by civil parishes, which form a third tier of local government.[9]

Since 2014 the borough has been a non-constituent member of the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (formerly known as the Sheffield City Region); the council sends representatives to meetings of the combined authority, but the electorate of Chesterfield do not vote in elections for the Mayor of South Yorkshire.[10]

Political control

The council has been under Labour majority control since 2011.

The first election to the borough council as reformed under the Local Government Act 1972 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:[11][12]

Party in control Years
Labour 1974–2003
Liberal Democrats 2003–2011
Labour 2011–present


The leaders of the council since 1974 have been:[13]

Councillor Party From To
Bill Flanagan[14] Labour May 1974 2001
John Burrows[15] Labour 2001 May 2003
Ray Russell Liberal Democrats May 2003 18 May 2011
John Burrows Labour 18 May 2011 10 May 2017
Tricia Gilby Labour 10 May 2017


Following the 2023 election, the composition of the council was:[16]

Party Councillors
Labour 28
Liberal Democrats 12
Total 40

The next election is due in 2027.


See also: Chesterfield Borough Council elections

Since the last boundary changes in 2023, the council has comprised 40 councillors representing 16 wards, with each ward electing two or three councillors. Elections are held every four years.[17]


The council is based at Chesterfield Town Hall on Rose Hill, which was purpose-built for the council in 1938.[18]


The borough is situated around the town of Chesterfield and includes the villages of Old Whittington, Brimington (which also has a parish council),[19] Sheepbridge and New Whittington, and the town of Staveley which maintains a town council.[20] The borough's main two towns are Chesterfield and Staveley. With its geographical position, the borough offers convenient commuter links to the cities of Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby, Bradford, Wakefield, Manchester, Salford, Leeds and Lincoln, and via its mainline railway station at Chesterfield and the connections to the M1 motorway.

Travel to work areas

Chesterfield and its surrounding borough are situated around multiple travel to work areas which span from the counties of Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire as well as Derbyshire. The cities of Nottingham, Manchester, Derby, Wakefield and Sheffield are the closest cities to Chesterfield and its surrounding borough.[21][22]


Suburbs of Chesterfield include:


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  2. ^ "Chesterfield Municipal Borough". A Vision of Britain through Time. GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 21 August 2022.
  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. ^ "District Councils and Boroughs". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 28 March 1974. Retrieved 4 December 2021.
  6. ^ "Mayors of Chesterfield". Chesterfield Borough Council. Retrieved 22 July 2023.
  7. ^ "Council minutes, 17 May 2023". Chesterfield Borough Council. Retrieved 22 July 2023.
  8. ^ "Ins and outs". The Guardian. 16 April 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2023.
  9. ^ "Local Government Act 1972",, The National Archives, 1972 c. 70, retrieved 31 May 2023
  10. ^ "The Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority Order 2014",, The National Archives, SI 2014/863
  11. ^ "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 14 May 2023.
  12. ^ "Chesterfield". BBC News Online. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  13. ^ "Council minutes". Chesterfield Borough Council. Retrieved 21 August 2022.
  14. ^ Fothergill, Steve (16 January 2008). "Obituary: Bill Flanagan". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 July 2023.
  15. ^ Stevens, Dom (4 December 2019). "Former councillors honoured for their service". Chesterfield News. Retrieved 21 August 2022.
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  17. ^ "The Chesterfield (Electoral Changes) Order 2022",, The National Archives, SI 2022/1369, retrieved 22 July 2023
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  19. ^ "Brimington Parish Council".
  20. ^ "Staveley Town Council - Home".
  21. ^ "YOUR GUIDE TO YORKSHIRE'S COMMUTER HUBS". Strata. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  22. ^ "Analysis of Commuter Patterns in Derbyshire 2011" (PDF). Retrieved 27 August 2021.