It is the centre of a wider experience that encompasses the rugged beauty of the Peak District, the cities of Sheffield, Derby and Nottingham, and the picturesque countryside of Derbyshire. The town is home to the famous Crooked Spire of the Church of St Mary and All Saints, which can be seen from various vantage points, within and beyond the town. The town is also home to one of England’s largest open-air markets, which has existed in various guises since as far back as 1165.
The town’s history comes to life and is celebrated at the Chesterfield Museum, charting the town’s earliest days as a Roman fort right through to its growth during the industrial revolution. There is also plenty to see and do within easy reach of the town with a range of heritage sites such as Chatsworth, Hardwick Hall and Bolsover Castle being just a short drive away.
There is a strong philosophy, through the Council’s vision “putting our communities first”, to meet the needs of the people of Chesterfield. This is central to delivering the three priorities we have identified:
- Making Chesterfield a thriving borough
- Improving quality of life for local people
- Providing value for money services
Chesterfield Borough Council is currently made up of 28 Labour Party councillors, 17 Liberal Democrat Party councillors, and 3 independent councillors.
The leader of the council is Councillor Tricia Gilby and the deputy leader is Councillor Amanda Serjeant.
Key facts about Chesterfield Borough
- The population of Chesterfield Borough is 104,800.
- Chesterfield is the second largest settlement in Derbyshire – Derby being the largest.
- Chesterfield is historically a market town, though from the 18th century onwards the area became increasingly industrialised with the development of coal mining, manufacturing, and chemical industries. During the eighties and nineties these industries suffered significant decline.
- Chesterfield is the sub-regional centre for North Eastern Derbyshire drawing in visitors and service users from surrounding districts including Amber Valley, Bolsover, Derbyshire Dales and North East Derbyshire.
- Chesterfield is a major centre of employment (over 52,000 people work here) and attracts more than 21,000 in-bound commuters each day.
- Chesterfield town centre is the sixth largest retail centre in the East Midlands.
- It is estimated that 3.7 million people visit our borough each year.
- The Council manages 720,000 sq.ft of commercial office and industrial space worth around £130 million.