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Houghton on the Hill Parish Council

Main Street, south from the A47, is one of the original village roads containing 17th, 18th and 19th century houses. This view is looking south west towards the War Memorial.

Houghton on the Hill lies six miles east of Leicester on the main A47 Leicester to Uppingham Road. The first mention of Houghton is in the Domesday Book although it is likely there was a settlement here as early as the Bronze Age. The village, which boasts two public houses, two garages, a combined newsagents/Post Office, a pharmacy, a Co-operative store, a hairdresser and a beauty salon as well as a Norman Parish Church and a nineteenth century Methodist Chapel, had until the Second World War been centred on the half mile long Main Street. The construction of four housing developments from the 1950s to the 1980s, however, saw the population triple in size, rising from 662 at the time of 1951 census to 1,524 at the time of the 2011 census.

The Parish Council was established in 1894 with a membership of 5 Councillors and it had the same composition in 1958 although it now has a complement of 7. The Parish Council generally meets every second Thursday of the month at 7.30 p.m. at the Methodist Church Schoolroom in Main Street. Parishioners are welcome to attend and are encouraged to make individual contributions during the informal public participation session.

Latest News

Leicestershire and Rutland Rural Achievement Awards 2017

Mon, 15 May 2017 08:38 by Stephen Derry

The Rural Community Council is again inviting entries to the 2017 Achievement Awards. The awards are an extension of its work in promoting excellence in all aspects of communities and in highlighting Leicestershire and Rutland as an excellent place to live and work. More »

RCC is looking for nominations and applications from community groups, parish councils, charities, businesses and the general public. If you know of an excellent parish council, volunteer, business, community building, library, community service or group or an individual worthy of praise for their actions and contribution to the local community, RCC wants to hear from you. The Award categories for this year are:

  • Parish Council Award
  • Unsung Heroes Award
  • Best Community Building/Facility Award
  • Best Community Service Award
  • Best Community Library Award
  • Best Community Engagement Award
  • Enterprise Award

The application deadline is 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 12 July 2017

For further information or to request a nomination form, please visit the website: www.ruralcc.org.uk/awards or e-mail awards@ruralcc.org.uk. If you wish to discuss the Awards please call Allyson Jeffrey on 0116 278 1443 or 07803 126807. » Less

747 Bus Service

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:32 by Stephen Derry

Click to access the petition which has been set up to draw residents' attention to the withdrawal of the 747 bus service from 8 January 2018.

Councillor Vacancies

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:44 by Stephen Derry

There are two vacancies on the Parish Council. If you might be interested in filling one of them please read on.

You might be wondering exactly what Parish Councils do. Here is a brief list:

  • Award grants to local organisations
  • Comment on planning applications
  • Deliver services such as grass cutting
  • Lead on Neighbourhood Planning
  • Provide allotments
  • Provide litter/dog bins, benches and salt bins
  • Represent the local community
  • Strive to improve the quality of life in the local area

If you live or work locally, you are probably eligible to become a Parish Councillor. You have to be a British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European More »

Union, and be 18 years of age or older.

If you might be interested you can find out more by clicking on this link:


Please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council if you are interested. » Less