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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

Suspicious callers

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:50 by Stephen Derry

Leicestershire Police has recently received a report of a suspicious caller posing as being from both Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council, advising people that they are required to make an additional payment to their council tax. More »

The caller then went on to try to take the payment over the telephone.

None of the district councils which collects Council Tax will ring you to try to take a payment over the telephone.

If you do receive a call from someone in relation to Council Tax, ask them to give you the Council Tax reference number and the balance outstanding, and check this against your bill.

Never give bank details or personal information to anyone that you don't feel is 100% genuine. Any reputable company will be happy for you to check they are who they say they are before you give out personal information.

If you receive a call of this nature please be cautious and double check that the person calling is who they say they are.

Council tax is dealt with by the relevant District or Borough Council, not Leicestershire County Council.

Leicestershire Police recommends asking the caller for their name and contact details so that you can call them back in order to check that they are legitimate. Official callers should have no problem providing you with this information as they will understand that you are cautious about giving out personal information over the phone. If the caller is not genuine they are likely to become defensive or flustered when questioned for this information.

If the caller provides you with their contact details, please check the number against the number of the relevant council tax department for your area. If the numbers do not match the police recommends calling the number on the council's website and asking to speak to the person who has called you.

Details of the numbers for the Borough/District councils can be found in the link below.


If you believe you have been a victim of this type of call please report it by calling 101. » Less

Parish Council Grants 2017/18

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:25 by Stephen Derry

If you are considering submitting an application for a 2017/18 grant, in accordance with the Policy on Grants, in order to be considered for inclusion in the budget, the Parish Council needs to receive your application by October 1st 2016. 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.

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

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

Leicestershire Villages website closing

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:10 by Stephen Derry

Leicestershire County Council decided not to extend the contract for the Leicestershire Villages website when it comes to an end on 31 August 2016, due to budget constraints and only limited use of the website. More »

The Leicestershire Villages website will be switched off on Thursday 1 September 2016. If there is any information that you need to keep, please save it to your own computer as soon as possible, before that date. » Less