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Shirland Shirland adjoins Higham and is a later creation, following the line of the A61 and is the centre of the modern parish. Read the Full Story
Higham Higham is a Conservation Area where many of the properties are several centuries old.  It was a Roman settlement on the Ryknield Way – now the Belper Road – and in mediaeval times enjoyed the right to hold a market. Read the Full Story
Mickley Mickley lies at the northern end of the Parish and began life as a mining village.  It is isolated from the rest of the parish – and from every amenity.  Read the Full Story
Stonebroom Stonebroom is the largest settlement in the Parish.  Of the 5000 people in the Parish, some 2000 live in Stonebroom. Read the Full Story

Shirland and Higham Parish Council


The Parish of Shirland and Higham is the southernmost parish in the District of North East Derbyshire and is extensive geographically, extending from Oakerthorpe in the south to Stretton in the north and bounded between west and east by the River Amber and the Morton Brook.   The four villages which make up the Parish each have their separate and distinct identities and characteristics.

What is a Parish Council?

Parish Councils originated with the Local Government Act of 1894.  The areas administered by these Councils followed the boundaries of the ecclesiastical parishes, some of whose duties and powers were transferred to the new civil authority.  The apparently eccentric area of Shirland and Higham Parish Council is a direct result of this and the two Fidler and Laverack Charities and the Bell Acre Charity currently administered by the Council were devolved from the Church.  The Parish Council is the lowest of three tiers of local government, the others being the District Council and the County Council.  Clearly, the Parish Council, being composed of local people and meeting locally each month, is the most easily accessible part of the democratic system and it is rightly used by residents wishing to question or complain about services, request help or make suggestions.  The power of the Parish Council is extremely limited – but it does have ready access to the next two tiers of government and it was this ability to “focus village opinion and represent it to the outside world” as well as carrying out on a small scale those local tasks which were uninteresting or uneconomic for larger authorities which prevented them from being abolished in the 1950s as they had been in Scotland in 1929.  

Shirland and Higham Parish Council owns the Village Hall and its site in Shirland, the Parish Sportsground, Pavilion and MUGA in Stonebroom, the Shirland Cemetery, Play Areas in Shirland and Stonebroom, a selection of bus shelters, grit bins and lamp posts,   and holds the Stonebroom Recreation Ground in Trust.  It also administers allotments in Mickley and Stonebroom.  It is responsible for dog and litter bins, oversight of footpaths and hedges etc., and is consulted on planning matters by the District Council.  In order to ensure proper representation of local matters it works closely with County and District Councils, the police and other agencies.  Twelve Councillors are elected for a period of four years and the Council meets every month except August either in the Shirland Village Hall or the Parish Pavilion in Stonebroom.  The public are welcome to attend and 15 minutes is allotted to the public for them to raise issues or comment on parish matters.  A separate Parish Meeting is held in March when the public can raise any matters and vote on resolutions – although the Council is not obliged to act on them.  The Annual General Meeting of the Council is held in May when the Chairman and committees are elected.  The Council has the right to raise a Precept and this is shown on the annual Council Tax notification received by ratepayers from the District Council.  The Council is also able to make small grants to local groups who otherwise would struggle from a lack of funding.  The Council has adopted a Model Publication Scheme under the Freedom of Information Act and information relating to this is available on request.  The Council is also a signatory to the Data Protection Act.  The Council’s accounts are audited annually by a District Auditor appointed by the Audit Commission and all meetings and procedures are conducted in accordance with the Council’s Standing Orders and Financial Regulations based on NALC models.  The Council is a member of the Association of Burial Authorities and the Derbyshire Association of Local Councils.  Agendas and Minutes are posted on noticeboards around the Parish and are available in Post Offices.  A Parish Plan is currently in preparation and should shortly be available.


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