Following the re-organisation of Local Government in 1974, Matlock Town Council was formed in 1983.  It is the bottom tier of Local Government in this Country.  Although Matlock is generally accepted to include Tansley, Matlock Bath, Cromford, Bonsall and Darley Dale, these areas have their own Parish or Town Councils.  As a result Matlock Town Councils’ jurisdiction extends only to the Town Centre, Matlock Bank, Hurst Farm, Matlock Green, Matlock Town, Starkholmes and Riber.

The second tier, being Derbyshire Dales District Council which covers almost a third of the mainly rural parts of the County including the Towns of Matlock, Ashbourne, Bakewell, Wirksworth and Darley Dale and over 100 villages.

The third tier is Derbyshire County Council that has responsibilities for the whole of Derbyshire apart from the City of Derby.

The Police, Fire and Ambulance services have their own administrations and at the moment are either County or regionally based.  As a matter of interest, both the offices of the District Council and County Council are situated in Matlock.

Who does what?

The lists below are by no means extensive, but are intended to give an indication of the responsibilities of each individual Council.

Please follow the links to obtain further information of both Derbyshire Dales District Council and Derbyshire County Councils services.

Matlock Town Council Derbyshire Dales District Council Derbyshire County Council
Allotments Housing Education
Bus Shelters Planning Libraries
Room Hire – Imperial Rooms Rubbish Collection Blue badge scheme
Entertainment and the Arts Environmental Health Social Services
Community Grants Leisure amenities Residential Homes
Maintenance of public footpaths and bridleways Markets County Plan and Development policy
Street Furniture Civic Amenity Sites Rubbish Disposal
Litter Bins and Dog bins Consumer information Major Highways
Seating Grants and Lottery funding Public Records
Maintenance of land:
– Hillside Memorial Garden
– Bailey’s Tump
– Lime Kiln Park
– Denefields
Property and Land Sales Emergency Services supervision
Planning consultee Road and Footway repairs Trading Standards
War Memorials Car Parks Consumer Advice
Street lighting fault reporting