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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.

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Scam Mail

Scam Mail

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:52 by Stephen Derry

Typically Scam Mail involves professional fraudsters sending convincing letters that are designed to trick people out of money or other valuables. Scam Mail can include bogus competitions and fake prize draws. This mail mostly originates from overseas and is hard to detect. More »

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Parish Council Grants 2019/20

Wed, 01 Aug 2018 09:31 by Stephen Derry

If you are considering submitting an application for a 2019/20 grant, in order for it to be considered for inclusion in the budget, the Parish Council needs to receive your application by 1 October 2018. 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 be provided.

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

Planning Application Public Speaking Arrangements

Tue, 31 Jul 2018 17:40 by Stephen Derry

Harborough District Council has agreed changes to its procedures from 4 September 2018.

Speakers will be able to address the Planning Committee for up to 3 minutes as a representative of the following

  • An objector to a proposal (Maximum of 3 Speakers or the same amount of time as allowed for supporters, whichever is the greater);
  • A supporter of a proposal (including the applicant/agent) (Maximum of 3 Speakers or the same amount of time as allowed for objectors, whichever is the greater);
  • A representative of the Parish Council / Parish Meeting / Town Council / another body (i.e. Market Harborough Civic Society) within which the site is located;
  • A Ward Councillor(s) (maximum of 5 minutes each);

If a member of the public would like to speak at a Planning Committee meeting or present a petition they must request to do so in writing by 12 noon not less then 2 working days before the meeting (for example, if the Planning Committee is on a Tuesday and the day before is a bank holiday you must submit your request by 12 noon on the previous Thursday). You can email planning@harborough.gov.uk ensuring that your email contains the application number, your name and contact details and an indication of the topic area you wish to discuss. Requests to speak will not be accepted until the date of publication of the relevant Planning Committee agenda and request will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Requests to speak will not be accepted after this deadline. More »

If more than the allocated number of speakers register to speak, a representative of the relevant group needs to be chosen and nominated to address the Committee on behalf of the group. In order to facilitate this, contact details will need to be provided at the stage of registration. Failure to arrange this beforehand may forfeit the right to speak and speaking slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are other changes to planning procedures to create a more efficient approach and bring the Council in line with other planning authorities. More information is available on Harborough District Council's website. » Less