Amber Valley Conservative Councillors & volunteers have been busy over the past few weeks organising community litter picks in Ripley, Heanor, Langley Mill & Codnor.

A big thank you to everybody that has helped out so far, we have managed to get a large amount of rubbish off our streets!

The Conservatives In Action team will be continuing with litter picks throughout the year to keep our communities clean & tidy. If anybody would like more information on how to get involved please contact us!

Tributes paid to long-serving Amber Valley Borough councillor, Norman Bull, who died after a short illness on Friday, 31st January 2020.

Norman served as the Conservative councillor for the Kilburn, Denby and Holbrook Ward on 3 separate occasions, totalling 28 years of public service to his local community.

During his time on the council, he was Mayor in 2006, had been a Member of the Cabinet, Chair of Planning as well as sitting on most of the committees.

Paying tribute, Councillor Kevin Buttery, Leader of the Conservatives and fellow ward member said “This has come as a great shock to us all, Norman was always a very active, positive, ‘can do’ type of councillor. He was committed to his community and played a significant role in bringing positive changes to Amber Valley throughout his time on the council. He was a valued colleague with a great sense of humour and always left you in no doubt what he was thinking. He will be very sadly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Diane and family at this very sad time”.

Fellow ward member and a former Mayor, Councillor Trevor Ainsworth, described Norman as a hard-working councillor with a sharp mind, who always got his point over at council meetings to ensure he got the best for his residents. Trevor said “I have had the honour of representing Kilburn, Denby & Holbrook ward with Norman for the last 5 years and always appreciated his depth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm. He was always there for you, willing to help councillors and the public alike. He was a true character who will be sadly missed”.

David Wilson, Chair of Amber Valley Conservative Association and fellow councillor said

“I have campaigned and worked with Norman over many years and his death will be a big loss to the council, his family and his council colleagues from both sides of the chamber. We will all miss him greatly”.

Former councillor colleague John Nelson said “I have known Norman since my school days and worked with him for over 30 years on both the Borough and Belper Town Council. He has been a brilliant servant to the community and an exceptional councillor”.

At the time of his death, Norman was still working as a Taxi driver, he was a keen domino player and had been a Derby County Season Ticket holder for many years.

Details of funeral to be announced in due course. The Borough Council flag will be flown at half-mast until after the funeral as a mark of respect.

Nigel Mills has been re-selected to stand as our Conservative candidate for Amber Valley in the upcoming general election on 12th December. Nigel has been the MP for Amber Valley since 2010 and is determined to make life better for people across the constituency.