Ripley Town Council Committees 

We have various Committees that meet regularly to discuss local matters relating to their purpose. No decisions can be made at these meetings, however they can put recommendations to full council which are either approved or disapproved at the monthly Council meetings. 
 
Members of the public are welcome to attend these meetings. You can either watch and observe what's being duscussed, or you can join in during the Public Speaking section of the agenda and speak about a local matter relating to the nature of the Committee. 
A list of the dates that Committee meetings are taking place, along with the agenda and minutes can be found by clicking below. 

Allotment Committee 

Terms of Reference 
To meet annually (or as otherwise agreed) to make recommendations to Full Council on the management and supervision of Allotments and associated matters of the five allotment sites. 
 
Councillors on this Committee 
Mayor - Cllr Paul Lobley BEM (Chair) 
Deputy Mayor - Cllr Lyndsay Cox 
Cllr Steve Freeborn OR Cllr Matt Allwood 
Cllr Colin Bailey 
Cllr Sean Carter 
 

Certificate of Merit Committee 

Terms of Reference 
To make recommendations to Full Council regarding the Annual Certificate of Merit winner, having considered the nominations submitted following the public advertisement. 
 
Councillors on this Committee 
Mayor – Cllr Paul Lobley BEM (Chair) 
Deputy Mayor – Cllr Lynsday Cox 
Councillor Khesta Somers 
Councillor Matt Jones 
Councillor Sean Carter 
Independent person 

Employment Committee 

Terms of Reference 
To meet monthly (or as otherwise agreed) to monitor and manage all employment matters on behalf of the Town Council including policies, procedures and performance. 
 
Councillors on this Committee 
Councillor Mick Wilson (Chair) 
Councillor Paul Lobley BEM 
Councillor Steve Freeborn 
Councillor Matt Allwood 
Councillor Kevin Smith 
Councillor Ron Ashton 

Environment & Regeneration Committee 

To meet monthly (or as otherwise agreed) to help develop good environmental policies and practices, and also economic (and environmental) regeneration initiatives throughout the Township, making recommendations to Full Council about its own environmental policies and practices and regeneration initiatives. 
 
Councillors on this Committee 
Councillor Matt Allwood (Chair) 
Councillor Roland Emmas-Williams 
Councillor Martin Hawkins 
Councillor Phyllis Weaving 
Councillor Steve Freeborn 
Councillor David Williams 
Councillor Khesta Somers 
Councillor Ron Ashton 

Events Committee 

Terms of Reference 
To meet monthly (or as otherwise agreed) to monitor and manage all arrangements for events organised by the Town Council. 
 
Councillors on this Committee 
Councillor Tony Holmes (Chair) 
Councillor Axl Nicholls 
Councillor Colin Bailey 
Councillor Phyllis Weaving 
Councillor Mick Wilson 
Councillor Amina Burslem 
Councillor Martin Hawkins 
Councillor Angela Ward 

Finance and Management Committee 

Terms of Reference 
To meet monthly (or as otherwise agreed) to manage all financial and administrative matters on behalf of the Town Council, including the placing of contracts up to a value of £5,000.00, the monitoring of income and expenditure and to make recommendations for budget / precept setting. 
 
Councillors on this Committee 
Councillor Paul Lobley BEM (Chair) 
Councillor Lyndsay Cox 
Councillor Steve Freeborn 
Councillor Tony Holmes 
Councillor Matt Allwood 
Councillor Nigel Weaving 
Councillor David Williams 
Councillor Paul Moss 

Heritage Committee 

Terms of Reference 
To meet every three months to discuss heritage of the township and make recommendations to Full Council. 
 
Councillors on this Committee 
Councillor Roland Emmas-Williams (Chair) 
Councillor Martin Hawkins 
Councillor Steve Freeborn 
Councillor Nigel Weaving 
Councillor David Williams 
Councillor Kevin Smith 
Councillor Amina Burslem 
Councillor Ron Ashton 

Planning Committee 

Terms of Reference 
To meet monthly to discuss Planning Applications for the Township submitted to Amber Valley Borough Council in the previous month. The Committee is mandated to submit responses on behalf of the Town Council to the Planning Authority in respect of all Planning Applications and associated matters. 
 
Councillors on this Committee 
Councillor Steve Freeborn (Chair) 
Councillor Khesta Somers 
Councillor Kevin Smith 
Councillor Lyndsay Cox 
Councillor Tony Holmes 
Councillor Nigel Weaving 
Councillor David Williams 
Councillor Angela Ward 

Financial Grants Panel 

Terms of Reference 
To meet yearly and as necessary to make recommendations to Full Council on the allocation of grants within the approved budget for the year. (Note, this budget excludes £5k Ripley Music Festival and £3k to Amber Sound FM, and £750 to each of the Ambergate, Butterley and Marehay Cricket Clubs, and Ripley Town Football Club. 
 
Councillors on this Panel 
Mayor - Councillor Paul Lobley BEM (Chair) 
Deputy Mayor - Councillor Lyndsay Cox 
Councillor Tony Holmes 
Councillor Phyllis Weaving 
Councillor Matt Jones 
Councillor Colin Bailey 
Councillor Ron Ashton 

Representatives to outside bodies 

Derbyshire Association of Local Councils: Cllr Cox & Cllr Holmes 
Ripley & District Heritage Trust - Cllr Hawkins 
Ripley & District Town Twinning Association - Cllr Emmas-Williams 
Waingroves Community Association - Cllr Williams 
Heage Windmill Society - Cllr Weaving 
Amber Valley Access - Cllr Freeborn and Cllr Somers 
Police Town Liaison meetings - Cllr Burslem 
William Holmes Almshouses & the Ellis-Fermor Charity - Cllr Emmas-Williams and Mr. Ian Fisher until 2026. 
Amber Valley Parish Liaision Committee - Cllr Williams 
Derwent Valley Mills Partnership - Cllr Smith 
Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership - Cllr Weaving 
Ripley Town Centre Traders Forum - Cllr Jones 
Butterley Ironworks Trust - Cllr Freeborn & Cllr Burslem 
Derbyshire Law Centre - Cllr Wilson 
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