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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

Covid-19 Emergency Measures

Posted: Mon, 30 Mar 2020 10:25 by Stephen Derry

Following advice from Leicestershire and Rutland Association of Local Councils, the Parish Council adopted emergency measures at its meeting on 12 March 2020 to deal with conducting Parish Council business during the pandemic. More »

When a meeting which would otherwise have taken place (usually on the second Thursday of the month) is cancelled, the Clerk to the Parish Council will:-

  • Arrange for a 'pseudo' agenda to be pinned up on the notice boards as if it was an actual agenda. This will also be added to the Parish Council's website together with supporting papers and will provide members of the public with an opportunity to make comments as they would in the public participation session at a Parish Council meeting. Such comments should be sent to the Clerk to the Parish Council at the email address below. Parish Councillors will be made aware of the comments which need to be submitted by no later than the end of the day preceding the day upon which the Parish Council meeting would normally have taken place.


  • Assimilate Parish Councillors' views to form a resolution. This information will be distributed in the same way as minutes from normal Parish Council meetings.
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Leicestershire County Council Communities Fund

Posted: Mon, 30 Mar 2020 09:25 by Stephen Derry

Leicestershire County Council has established a £1m fund to support the local voluntary and community sector, during the current Coronavirus pandemic.

Charities, constituted voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises can apply for a minimum of £5,000 and a maximum of £25,000 for support with a range of activities including core organisational running costs, additional staffing capacity costs and core equipment. More »

Please note the funding can only be offered to voluntary and community sector organisations to help support vulnerable people in Leicestershire, due to the impacts of the current Coronavirus pandemic.

Full details of the fund, including an on-line application form can be found on the Leicestershire Communities Website. » Less

Coronavirus Support Fund

Posted: Fri, 27 Mar 2020 09:20 by Stephen Derry

The Coronavirus Support Fund is a new fund to help those who live and work locally and who are struggling as a result of the pandemic. The money comes from:

  • The National Emergency Trust Fund
  • Donations from local companies, individuals or families

The fund is open to constituted charitable and community organisations in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland, working with local people facing the most hardship in the pandemic. More »

Grant Sizes are initially between £500 and £2,500.

The priorities of the fund at this stage are:

Constituted charitable and community organisations providing direct services for;

  • Older people (over the age of 70) adversely affected by the pandemic
  • Vulnerable people with medical conditions adversely affected by the pandemic
  • People who are isolated and lack a support network

Followed by constituted charitable and community organisations providing direct services for;

  • People with low/insecure incomes e.g. on universal credit, using food banks
  • People with mental health difficulties not otherwise supported during the pandemic.
  • People facing domestic violence

Please read the ** Coronavirus Support Fund Eligibility and Guidance before submitting an application.

We welcome applications at any time and are trying to process applications as quickly as possible.

To apply please click **here

Please contact a member of the grants team if you have any queries or need help at any stage of the application process. We are always happy to help in any way we can.

Telephone: 07310 166 399 or 07496 179 376

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