The Parish Council has twelve elected Councillors who serve for a period of four years. The Council meets on the third Monday in the month to discuss a wide range of matters including current planning applications. Occasional ad hoc meetings may be held to discuss specific topics. Unless indicated otherwise members of the public are welcome to attend all the Parish Council’s meetings.
Parish Council meetings are held in either Stonebroom Pavilion or Shirland Village Hall and commence at 19.00. The Agenda for the meetings is published in advance on this website. People wishing to speak to a particular Agenda item may do so during the public participation part of the meeting.
Cllr Barry Barnes Chair of Shirland and Higham Parish Council
My name is Barry Barnes and I have lived in Derbyshire, or on the Derbys/Notts border, for over 45 years, living in Stonebroom for the past 19 years. I currently work part-time as an advisor in the recycling industry. I am now in my second four-year period as an elected District Councillor for NEDDC and for more than 10 years have served in the role of Chair for Shirland and Higham Parish Council.
Working for the community gives me a great deal of pleasure and, therefore, I hope to continue my service to the people of the five villages that make up Shirland and Higham Parish Council. As an individual I am pro-active and will always do my best to resolve issues and see something through to the end.
Residing in Shirland for 28 years, I work for a Regional Agricultural Co-operative and also run a smallholding in the parish. My two children, now adults, were educated at Shirland Primary School where I serve as Vice Chair of the Governing Body, endeavouring to improve the educational facilities for the children of the village.
I have a keen interest in cricket having previously managed U13, U15, U17 junior teams and the Mid-Week team at Morton Cricket Club.
My Name is Sam Davis and I have been a Parish Councillor for a number of years. I have been involved in all aspects of Council work and enjoy my involvement in helping to make Shirland and the surrounding villages a better place to live and work in.
My name is Susan Smith and I have lived in Stonebroom with my partner since July 1996. From first moving here I had an interest in local government and what was happening within the Parish village communities. I am happy to say that in June of this year I took the opportunity to be co-opted on to the Shirland & Higham Parish Council. I am in my second four-year term as local authority governor for Stonebroom Primary and Nursery School and for two of those years I acted as Chair. Two years ago I retired from full-time work as a teacher of 16 to 19 year-olds in sixth-form. As well as teaching an academic subject I was a personal tutor and supported my students in their applications for higher education and career choices.
I now look forward to working as a Parish Councillor and perhaps becoming involved in projects or on committees. I will take seriously my role as a holder of public office and will be happy to meet with members of the five village communities that form the Shirland & Higham Parish.
Having worked in private and voluntary sector roles it is an exciting challenge for me to join localgovernment. I can see the vital difference the Council makes; thehard work, drive and enthusiasm of the Councillors is inspirational andI look forward to working with everyone concerned to build on theachievements made to date.
Dr. Tom Tait Assistant Clerk to the Council
I have enjoyed long and successful careers in managing care services to people with learning disabilities together with holding research and lecturing posts in Higher Education. Prior to taking early retirement I was a General Manager of a psychiatric hospital. I have lived in Shirland for 20+ years and I am a heritage railway enthusiast. In my spare time I can be found driving a train or undertaking guard duties at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Derbyshire's longest and most scenic heritage railway line.