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A charity organisation based at University of Leicester offers free legal advice to the general public. Its team of trained law students, supervised by qualified solicitors, can deal with the following areas: contract, consumer law, employment, family, probate, housing.

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Posted: Fri, 12 Oct 2018 17:29 by Stephen Derry

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Casual Vacancy

A Parish Councillor vacancy exists. Click on the link for more information.

Posted: Fri, 12 Oct 2018 09:44 by Stephen Derry

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Scam Mail

Scam Mail

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.

Read the poster for further information.

Posted: Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:52 by Stephen Derry

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Planning Application Public Speaking Arrangements

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... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 31 Jul 2018 17:40 by Stephen Derry

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National planning law states that housing developers should be required to pay towards the provision of long-term community facilities which the residents of their new dwellings will require. This covers all aspects of a resident's lifetime, play areas, schooling, healthcare, sport and recreation, community buildings, and even burial grounds. (Note the general services to the residents such as rubbish... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:42 by Stephen Derry

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747 Bus Service

The current subsidy for the 747 service is due to end in early January 2019. Leicestershire County Council has committed to maintaining subsidised bus services until June 2019 but this is subject to Rutland County Council continuing its funding.

Recently there was a consultation concerning proposed changes as to how LCC supports passenger transport services in Leicestershire. The results of the consultation... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:21 by Stephen Derry

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Scraptoft Golf Club

There is a proposal in the Harborough District Council Local Plan to relocate the Scraptoft Golf Club to a new course to be built east of Houghton.

Posted: Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:02 by Stephen Derry

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Village Shop Support Grant

The aim of the scheme is to provide necessary financial support to local rural retailers which will help to ensure their future sustainability. The grants will aim to improve the performance of post offices, village shops and other rural retail outlets selling essential fresh produce through enhancing existing services and introducing new ones. Expert retail advice is also available to help increase... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:33 by Stephen Derry

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Main Street Weight Restriction

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... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 16 Feb 2016 16:58 by Stephen Derry

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Assets of Community Value

The Parish Council nominated seven Assets of Community Value which have been included in the list:

  • Houghton Cricket Pitch
  • Houghton Field
  • Methodist Church schoolroom and chapel
  • Old Black Horse Public House
  • Rose and Crown public house
  • St. Catharine's Green
  • Village Hall and field

They will remain on the list of Assets of Community Value for a period of five years. They cannot be sold before the end of this five... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 10:41 by Stephen Derry

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