Derrick Ashley: Hitchin South

Councillor Derrick Ashley

Home address: 12 Nuns Close, Hitchin SG5 1EP 

Tel:  01462 450892  Email:


About me:

I have a regional role representing Hertfordshire on the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority as well as serving on regional bodies representing my portfolio.  Locally, I have served as a school governor for 30 years and I am a trustee of a number of local charities including the Hitchin Educational Foundation which provides an endowment to the local secondary schools and local children of about £70,000 per annum. I have always taken a particular interest in planning issues and have campaigned to ensure Hitchin retains its character and is not overwhelmed by large scale development.

My Record:

I represent the interests of the 12,000 residents living in the town centre and the south of the town. I work closely with the North Herts District Councillors for the same areas; our Member of Parliament, the Rt Hon Peter Lilley, who lives locally; and active residents’ and local community groups.

I am a member of the Cabinet and the Executive Member responsible for Environment, Planning & Transport.

Cabinet is responsible at law for most of the council’s policy decisions, but these are made in the light of recommendations from a range of cross-party Cabinet Panels.

Environment, Planning & Transport is a wide-ranging portfolio and encompasses the following:

Hertfordshire’s built and natural environment; countryside management; Lead Flood Authority; environmental intelligence; rights of way; climate change (excluding County Council estate and operations); leading for the County Council on the Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Planning Panel:  strategic planning; waste planning; minerals planning; airport policy: Local Transport Plan; leading for the County Council on the Local Transport Board; passenger transport: leading for the County Council on the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

My Priorities:

I'm going to continue working hard for Hitchin South to get things done for local residents. You can count on me to cut through bureaucracy and make sure that we deliver what you want.

Highway Locality Budget Scheme:

Each County Councillor gets an annual budget to spend on highways projects in their local area.

This is how I spent my budget last year:

DA 16/17

And this is how I spent my budget so far in this year:

DA 15/16