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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

Village Street Lighting

Posted: Tue, 12 Feb 2019 08:52 by Stephen Derry

Following concerns raised at a meeting on 8 February 2019, District and County Councillor, Simon Galton submitted a formal request to Leicestershire County Council for the street lighting in Houghton to remain on all night. The police officer at the meeting said he would support such a move. More »

By the time you read this the lights in the village may indeed be staying on, but if they are still going off through the night you may care to add your support for them to remain on by emailing highwayscustomerservices@leics.gov.uk

You should mention your reasons for your request e.g. recent and worrying increase in crime, either generally or in particular (such as crime which affected you or your family personally), concerns about walking in the village after midnight etc. Probably best not to mention your street or your address unless subsequently requested by Leicestershire County Council.

If you are able to quote a Crime Incident Number that will be helpful. » Less


Posted: Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:16 by Stephen Derry

The purpose of the TTRO is to allow Severn Trent Water to facilitate boundary box installation.

The TTRO will incorporate a temporary road closure.

The duration of the restriction is not anticipated to exceed a period of 3 days commencing on 20 February 2019. More »

747 Bus Service

747 Bus Service

Posted: Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:18 by Stephen Derry

Good Prospects of the continuation of the 747 Bus Service.

It is now confirmed that the subsidies provided by Leicestershire County Council and Rutland County Council to support the 747 Bus service will be continued until the end of June 2019. Even better news is that the usage of the bus service is increasing. This is the single most important change necessary to ensure the long-term viability of the service, and the community response by using the buses is a credit to all involved. More »

Houghton Parish Council has been in the lead in organising meetings of the Parish Councils along the 747 route, with representatives from the County Councils, Uppingham Town Council and Centrebus, which have examined the bus usage data from Centrebus, and lobbied the County Councils to support the service. Houghton Parish Council has been in the forefront of making the case that with the new housing developments along the 747 route leading to a potential increase of 2000 in the number of people living along the route, the long-term prospects for the economic viability of the route are very good. Equally the potential difficulty of Leicestershire County Council having to provide and fund some form of substitute 'dial-a-bus' service, which they would be legally required to do, would be a more costly and open-ended commitment than the current relatively small subsidy for the Centrebus service.

We hope for further good news later in the year, but in the meantime please use the 747 bus whenever you can, and encourage your friends to do likewise. » Less