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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

Parish Council Grants 2018/19

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:26 by Stephen Derry

If you are considering submitting an application for a 2018/19 grant, in order for it to be considered for inclusion in the budget, the Parish Council needs to receive your application by 1 October 2017. More »

Any grant application received after this date will not be considered.

Grant applications will be considered only upon completion of a Grant Aid application form which can be accessed by clicking on the link below

All questions on the application form must be fully answered and any further information requested in support of an application, must be provided.

If you require any advice or assistance in completing the application please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council.

SHIRE Grant Funding for Carers Projects

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:39 by Stephen Derry

An opportunity has presented itself through Leicestershire County Council's Adults & Communities Department, to help community organisations in Leicestershire to provide support to carers.

Additional funding will be administered through the Council's existing SHIRE Community Grants programme, to enable more community-based support to be provided to carers. More »

A maximum one-off grant of up to £5,000 is available for community projects in the 2017-18 financial year, which can deliver activities to support carers with the following:

  • to feel less isolated and better supported
  • to enable them to continue to undertake caring responsibilities
  • to have a life outside of caring
  • to reduce incidences of carer breakdown
  • to enable carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities

Please note that the existing SHIRE Community Grants Application Process and Guidance Notes will be used for the purposes of applying for grants for such projects.

For more information about how to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to deliver projects which support carers in Leicestershire, please go to the Leicestershire Communities website.

The next deadline for applications is Monday 31st July, with further deadlines to follow on Monday 25th September and Monday 27th November » Less

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