The Parish Council has twelve elected Councillors who serve for a period of four years. Each Councillor submits a Register of Interests which is forwarded to the District Council where a copy is held in the Elections Office and also scanned onto the District Councils website where it is available for public inspection. 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.
Helen Dowson Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer
Shirland and Higham Parish Council is delighted to announce the appointment of Helen Dowson as Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer from the 12th April 2018. Helen is an experienced Parish Clerk with over thirty years Local Government experience and is looking forward to getting to know the Parish and working with the Council on its many and varied projects. David Williamson, Deputy Chair of the Parish Council welcomed Helen and wished her a long and happy career with the Council.
Cllr Lisa Williams
I have lived in Stonebroom for over 20 years . My profession spans a career in nursing lasting over 31 years where I have enjoyed the challenge of advocating for my patients. I look forward to being able to advocate for our Parishioners in this new role as Parish Councillor.
Cllr Reverend John Epton I have lived in Shirland for the last 40 years and lived in Mickley for 9 or 10 years during the 1950's. I have served this part of Derbyshire as a Police Officer and currently serve the United Benefice of Morton and Stonebroom with Shirland as a Priest. I am involved in all aspects of service to this community through Church and wish to expand my involvement to include working with the Parish Council for the improvement of all aspects of living conditions for the residents.