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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.

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UK Power Networks

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:30 by Stephen Derry

On 6 September 2016 a new national phone number "105" was launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area. More »

Key points to note about this service are:

  • Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.
  • 105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. They can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too.
  • 105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from.
  • Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there's a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.
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Councillor Vacancy

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:44 by Stephen Derry

There is a vacancy on the Parish Council. If you might be interested 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:


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Main Street Weight Restriction

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 16:58 by Stephen Derry

Main Street, Houghton has a 7.5t weight restriction although the Parish Council has received reports of such vehicles using this road. HGVs can enter a weight restricted zone for loading, unloading and access which includes legitimately entering a zone to make a delivery. It is, however, an offence for a HGV to be driven through a weight restricted zone without stopping for these purposes. The Police can enforce weight restrictions and if details of the vehicles including company name, vehicle registration and times the vehicles are on the road can be given to the Police they will be able to look into any contravention further.