Welcome to the Parish Council website

The Parish of Somerby is located in East Leicestershire close to the border with Rutland and comprises the villages of Burrough on the Hill, Leesthorpe, Pickwell and Somerby.

The surrounding countryside is very attractive and is often referred to as 'High Leicestershire'. This is because much of the Parish is several hundred feet above sea level and there are often superb views to be found. Although predominately a rural community there are a significant number of successful business enterprises in the local area.

Don't forget it is easy to access the Parish Council's services at any time of the day, without having to wait for the Parish Office to be open. Our email facility can be used at a time to suit you – the Parish Council staff can then respond to your query directly. Please remember to include your email and telephone details! We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Your council is made up of a number of councillors who meet regularly to make decisions on the work and direction of the council. As an elected body we are responsible to you, the people we represent. Attending a council meeting is the best way to find out what we do. Look in the Meetings Calendar to find dates for our public meetings.

Where do we get our money from?
Each year a sum of money called a 'precept' is collected through your council tax. This money is used by the council to improve facilities and services for local people.

Please use the left hand menu bar to navigate through the site. There is an email link at the bottom of this page should you wish to contact us at any time.

The Parish Office is normally open on Tuesday & Thursday mornings between 10am & 12noon. Outside these hours you can leave a message or send us an email.

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Somerby-Parish-Council

Melton Borough Council Consultation on the Somerby Parish Neighbourhood Plan

Somerby Parish Council has submitted to Melton Borough Council (MBC) its proposals for a Neighbourhood Plan (NP). The Plan is for the whole of Somerby Parish and covers many planning issues for the period 2018-2036.

This latest draft of the NP includes any changes made in response to the regulation 14 consultation in 2019.

It can be viewed and commented on at https://www.meltonplan.co.uk/somerby. Due to COVID-19 MBC's offices are closed so if you have difficulty accessing the NP please contact MBC to discuss a solution to suit your circumstances.

Note that at this stage you cannot now view or comment on the NP through Somerby Parish Council. You must go through MBC.

Representations are invited. You can also ask to be notified of the Council's decision whether to make or refuse the NP. Representations should be made using the representation forms which can be accessed online or by request if necessary, and sent to planningpolicy@melton.gov.uk or posted to Planning Policy, Melton Borough Council, Parkside, Station Approach, Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE13 1GH.

Representations must be received no later than Friday, 10th July 2020.

Neighbourhood Plan

This page will keep you updated on progress of the Somerby Parish Neighbourhood Plan. Please visit this page to see the results of the Somerby Parish Household Questionnaire.

The Climate Emergency

Councillor Tom Allen attended the Leicestershire Climate Action day on 3rd December 2020 on behalf of the Parish Council. Here are some useful links, provided by The Centre for Sustainable Energy, for parishioners to view and hopefully act upon:-

The Centre for Sustainable Energy: https://www.cse.org.uk

Climate Change and the Future of Humanity (David Wallace-Wells)


What you can do now! https://www.pawprint.eco/eco-guides

Action Planning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDirNCl9uew&feature=youtu.be

Wildflower Verges https://plantlife.love.wild.flowers.orh.uk/roadvergecampaign

For young people https://www.bright-green-future.org.uk

Green Energy https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-green-homes-grant-scheme

https://www.carbonbrief.org/in-depth-qa-does-the-world-need-hydrogen-to-solve-climate-change https://www.cse.org.uk/advice/advice-and-support/green-electricity-tariffs

Toolkits for climate action https://ashden.org/climate-action-co-benefits-toolkit/

Declaring a Climate Emergency- Call to Action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klKnqv2FVpg&feature=emb_logo

Climate Outreach https://climateoutreach.org/about-us/theory-of-change/

Social Spaces- reconnecting people in the community https://www.thefriendlybench.co.uk/

NHS Coronavirus Information

Melton COVID-19 Community Support Hub

The Melton Borough Covid-19 Support Hub has been created to coordinate, help and support residents across the borough during the coronavirus outbreak. The hub will provide a place where businesses, group and individuals who want to help and can offer services, and those who need help can be brought together.

Within the Covid-19 Support Hub both residents and businesses can find relevant and up-to-date information and guidance. In addition, residents who have unmet needs and require additional support can request this through the support hub.

Businesses, organisations and individuals can contact MBC regarding any support they can offer by contacting here4melton@melton.gov.uk allowing them to coordinate and match the support where it is most needed within the community.

Latest News



Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order at the above location.
A temporary closure is required on Bridleway D82 on 08th February 2021 for 40 days.
The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be implemented for public safety, so Severn Trent Water and their contractors can undertake trial hole investigations for a major water mains replacement scheme.
The proposed alternative diversion route will be signed on site.
Leicestershire County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused during these works.

Posted: Tue, 26 Jan 2021 17:38 by Kathryn Staley



Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order at the above location.
A road closure is required on Pickwell Road, Leesthorpe and Leesthorpe Road, Pickwell on the 09th February 2021 for 11 days.
The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be implemented for public safety, so Leicestershire County Council can undertake carriageway repair work.
The proposed alternative diversion route will be signed on site.
Leicestershire County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused during these works.

Posted: Tue, 26 Jan 2021 11:58 by Kathryn Staley

LCC communication - New signs are latest step in tackling bird flu

New road signs have been erected near Melton Mowbray to remind drivers of the restrictions that are in place to reduce the spread of bird flu.

The 40 warning signs are part of a series of measures being carried out by Leicestershire County Council, Rutland County Council, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) who are working together following a confirmed case of avian flu. More »

DEFRA brought in a 10km zone last month and during the last two weeks, Trading Standards officers have been carrying out foot patrols in the control zone, knocking on 15,000 doors to identify bird owners, provide advice and ensure all flocks are identified for inspection by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

Those patrols are now complete, and Trading Standards officers are grateful for the support of bird owners in complying with the restrictions and responding to the new requirements.

From 14 December, new measures will come into force across the whole of the UK, which will make it a legal requirement for all birds to be housed – either in sheds, coops or self-contained netted areas which wild birds cannot fly into.

The new restrictions are being brought in to keep poultry separate from potentially infectious wild birds. They will apply to all bird keepers – from large commercial operations to backyard flocks with just a few hens in garden opens.

More details of the new restrictions are available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu

Bird keepers and members of the public are being asked to report any dead wild birds to the DEFRA helpline on 03459 33 55 77 and keepers should report suspicion of disease to Animal and Plant Health Agency on 03000 200 301.

Public Health England has confirmed that the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency has said that bird flu poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers.

The Control Zone will be in place until further notice and will be kept under regular review.

Poultry keepers and members of the public who live in the Melton Mowbray area can check whether they reside in the protection zone or the surveillance zone with the map at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/937290/TCZ-_declaration-melton-mowbray-IP-DPR-2020-31.pdf » Less

Posted: Fri, 11 Dec 2020 13:19 by Kathryn Staley