Horsley Parish Council

Serving the people of Horsley

Clerk/RFO: Laura Storey
P O Box 8108, Derby
Derbyshire DE1 0ZU

Tel: 07941 052009

Horsley Parish Council provides your local services. We strive to make Horsley a better place to live, work and play. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

Horsley is a small, charming Derbyshire village situated 5 miles north of Derby in the Amber Valley area. It has a population of less than 500 and its main street is lined with mature trees. It has a church, a village green with chestnut tree, a primary school, a pub and a quality golf course (with a restaurant and function room) on the outskirts.

Horsley has a flourishing community with a bowls club, a monthly Ladies Night and a W.I. It has an active parish council and walking is a popular activity with some beautiful surrounding countryside.

Horsley boasts one of the most attractive village churches in the county, sitting on a hill, set amongst flowers and trees. Dedicated to St. Clement, it also serves the communities of Coxbench and Kilburn. It dates back to the 13th century but has been restored and altered much over the years. It has a strongly buttressed 14th century tower and spire, a pretty porch with a medieval crucifix and a lovely array of windows with the 15th century clerestory under a handsome parapet of battlements and pinnacles.

The present Church of England school opened in 1828, enlarged in 1874 and is still thriving today. The village pub is called the Coach and Horses, serving food as well as alcohol. There was another pub in Horsley called the Ship Inn, which dated back to 1625, but this is now a private house.

The village possess two rare features. Firstly the stone pillar box on French Lane. It is unique in Derbyshire and possibly England. Second, three fountains given to the village in 1824 by the Rev. Sitwell, a relative of the Sitwells of Stainsby Hall in nearby Smalley. He had arranged for spring water to be pumped from the Old Hills to the village. The fountains are called Blanche, Rosamund and Sophia.

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Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2019 09:30 by Laura Storey


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Local authorities have no legal obligation to provide assistance during flooding situations; it is the home owner's responsibility to protect their own property. However, Amber Valley Borough Council would like to remind residents of the necessary steps they can take in order to cope with and be prepared for flooding and the assistance the Council and other organisations can give.

Being prepared

Prepare: The most important thing is to prepare now. Don't wait until flooding looks likely as you won't have time to respond.

Protecting your property: You can find details of flood protection equipment from National Flood Forum Blue Pages.

  • If you are unable to access sandbags in the event of a flood, you can create your own by filling a pillow case with soil.
  • Switch-off electric and gas supplies.
  • Move important items to safety.

Staying up-to-date:

Are you at risk? Find out if your property is deemed at risk of flooding by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or visit the Environment Agency website and entering your postcode to see the risk of flooding in your area.

Report: If local roadside drains or culvert screens appear blocked, please report this to the Derbyshire County Council highways department.

Sandbags: Sandbags are available from builders' merchants. Other protection systems are available commercially, see the National Flood Forum Blue Pages for guidance.

Residents of Amber Valley may obtain a supply of 10 free empty sandbags and guidance literature from the Ripley town centre office.

The council recognises that many residents look to the council for emergency assistance in times of crisis, therefore aims to provide a limited number of free filled sandbags where there is an immediate risk of flooding. This is in line with the Derbyshire wide sandbag policy and is based on an assessment of risk. The assessment will consider:

  • Whether the property has been flooded before
  • The source of the potential flood
  • How far the water is from the residential property
  • Known vulnerable properties.

This service is subject to the availability of staff out of hours, please call 01773 841414 out of hours.

Responding to flooding: When flood alerts or severe weather warnings are issued, residents living in areas deemed at risk of flooding can call Amber Valley Borough Council to request free filled sandbags, however these will only be issued in line with the agreed sandbag policy. In emergency situations no guarantees can be made in terms of how soon sandbags can be sent out as staff may need to be called in (especially out of office hours) to fill sandbags. This is a very heavy, time-consuming job and dependent upon flooded road conditions detours may need to be taken to deliver the bags. Only small numbers of sandbags are stored already filled as the bags will rot if stored full. As such it is strongly advised you equip yourself with sandbags before any risk of flooding arises.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 570222 or email enquiry@ambervalley.gov.uk » Less

Posted: Sun, 01 Dec 2019 09:37 by Laura Storey