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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

Deletion of Footpath C50A, School Lane, Houghton on the Hill

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:45 by Stephen Derry

The definitive Map and Statement

The above order made on 1 February 2017 if confirmed as made, will modify the Definitive Map and Statement for the area by deleting Footpath C50A which extends from a point situated at its junction with the south-eastern end of School Lane at Grid Reference 46761 30325 in generally easterly and south-easterly directions through two fields for a distance of approximately 330 metres to its termination at Grid Reference 46786 30307 as shown on the Order Map. More »

Any representation or objection relating to the Order must be sent in writing to the Director of Law & Governance, County Hall, Glenfield not later than 24 March 2017. » 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

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.