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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

Police and Crime Survey

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 13:55 by Stephen Derry

There is a new survey, the responses to which will provide the new Police Commissioner with a wealth of information to help shape plans to deliver a truly public-focused police service.

The survey gets to the heart of policing issues, asking for your opinion on a range of areas including police visibility, the areas of community safety you would like prioritised by the force and how you would prefer to contact the police. More »

The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/B78HPFL and will close on 30 September 2016. » Less

Community Champions

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 13:43 by Stephen Derry

VASL (Voluntary Action South Leicestershire) is piloting a new project this year called Community Champions which aims to combat loneliness among people over 60 living in the Harborough District area. More »

Through the pilot volunteers have provided social support to lonely older people through weekly visits, by accompanying them to events/activities, by phoning or writing to them, and by showing them how to use a computer to send emails, use the internet or use Skype.

The response to the pilot has been really positive so VASL would now like to put a bid in for a bigger 5 year project.

To do this VASL needs to carry out a consultation with people in the District. You can fill in a consultation questionnaire either online https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VASLCommunityChampions or a paper version.(see link below). Please return all completed written questionnaires to the Settling Rooms by 28 September 2016.

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.

http://www.leics.gov.uk/service.htm?pid=57

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