Derbyshire Association of Local Councils


Welcome to the official website of

Derbyshire Association of Local Councils,

serving member town and parish councils and

parish meetings in Derbyshire

The Derbyshire Association represents over 190 Parish and Town Council and Parish Meetings in the county.  Our aim is to protect and promote the interests, rights, functions and privileges of members in the performance of their duties and we strive to promote a widespread and well-informed interest in local government.  The Association is a member of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC)

We are the first point of contact for all member councils in need of free advice on legal, financial and procedural matters. Questions will be answered either by our staff or national specialists depending on the nature and complexity of the enquiry.  

A dedicated members area includes circulars, legal information, information on the latest government consultations, employment issues and templates, information on quality councils, policy templates and useful documents.

The Association staff are:


Sarita Presland, Chief Officer

Email :

Glen Ingham

Email :

Tel. 01629 824827

Church Street, Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 4EY

Mobile contacts for MEMBER PARISHES ONLY - Sarita Presland  07472 418510    Glen Ingham 07472 427483

Financial Regulations Training –

Hayfield, High Peak, 15 July 10am-12noon

Stretton, North East Derbyshire, 14 October 10am-12noon

Further details of all these events under “Training”

New Vacancies

Wirksworth Town Council – Assistant Clerk – closing date 30 May 2014

Matlock Town Council – Clerical Assistant – closing date 13 June

Codnor Parish Council - Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer – to start in September 2014

Closing date 23 May 2014

Further details of these vacancies under “Vacancies”

NEW  - Important News - Repeal of s.150 (5) of the Local Government Act  The Legislative Reform Order affecting cheque payments was made by the Minister on 12 March 2014.  Details can be found in DALC Circular 06/2014 and new model Financial Regulations are in  the Members Area  under “Useful Documents”