The Conservatives increased their majority on Erewash Borough Council in Thursday’s local elections.
They now have 30 seats to Labour’s 17, which means they have a majority of 13 in the council chamber.
Council leader, Chris Corbett, said voters had once again put their trust in the Tories because of the work they are doing in the borough.
He said: “Residents like our free parking and appreciated our defence of the green belt. We value our beautiful countryside. The fact that we froze the council tax didn’t seem to matter. We also have a simple recycling system. Our next target is to attract more employment to the area and regenerate the high street.”
His colleague Carol Hart won the most votes of any councillor with 2,312 votes.
Councillor Hart, who represents West Hallam and Dale Abbey ward, said she was delighted with the outcome.
She said: “You never take your residents for granted. The first person to do that is out the door.”
“It’s important to listen to residents and communicate. With consultations in particular you need to involve the ones that don’t usually get involved. I always respond to emails.”
This election saw new electoral arrangements following a review last year by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England. It meant that 47 councillors were elected - four fewer than previously. The council now has 19 wards, three fewer than before.
The Conservatives had 26 seats following the last election and Labour had 25 until two councillors resigned and went independent.
Leader of the Labour group on Erewash Borough Council, Alex Phillips, did not wish to comment on the result.