Somerby Parish Council

Serving the people of Burrough On The Hill, Leesthorpe, Pickwell and Somerby

Clerk: Kathryn Staley
20 The Field, Somerby, Melton
Mowbray, Leics LE14 2PT

Tel: 01664 454529

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.

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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.

Latest News

Coronavirus update from Melton Borough Council

The health, safety and wellbeing of our community is paramount, which is why we are temporarily changing the way we deliver services with immediate effect.

Melton Borough Council remains open and is working proactively with local and national agencies to co-ordinate the response to Coronavirus outbreak. We are making all possible preparations to ensure we are able to support priority services for our residents and businesses, particularly focussing on the most vulnerable members of our community. More »

We have however decided that it is necessary to limit face-to face contact to reduce the spread of Coronavirus among local residents and our employees. Customers can continue to use our website, email us, contact us through Facebook and Twitter, or call us. We will however only deal with urgent customer enquiries in person and where an appointment has been made. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

As a council we have well established flexible working practices and many of our officers have the ability to remain fully operational whilst working from home. We will continue to follow government guidance in this area and manage the balance between playing our part in reducing the spread of the virus whilst ensuring we maintain service provision.

Council employees have been advised to prioritise their workload and consider attendance at meetings and training. We have also cancelled non-essential group activities like physical activities sessions and will be advising of further cancellations to other events in due course.

Public facing services such as housing repairs, street cleaning and waste and recycling collections will continue as normal but this is being reviewed regularly and we will keep you updated.

Community Support Hub: The Council has established a Community Support Hub to co-ordinate efforts to support our communities during this difficult period. We have contacted local voluntary, community and faith-based partners to establish what they are currently doing and are inviting any other group to let us know what they are doing by contacting We are also encouraging anyone who wants to promote efforts to support communities and vulnerable people to use #Here4Melton in any social media as this will help us keep track and promote their efforts.

Support to businesses: The Government has set out measures to support businesses including some business rates relief and a hardship fund. The Council will be issuing new business rates bills based on the changes and is awaiting further guidance on the Hardship Fund. We are working to ensure we can distribute any support as quickly as possible when it becomes available.

Public decision making meetings: Due to social distancing guidelines we have carefully considered our schedule of meetings and consulted with relevant Chairs, the Mayor and the Leader and have decided to cancel the Cabinet Meeting on 18th March, and Audit and Standards on 24th March. Planning Committee scheduled for 26th March is continuing at the current time and officers are considering how we may be able to continue with this and future meetings remotely via teleconferencing facilities. We believe that this is a proportionate way of trying to keep our elected members, staff and the public safe and healthy. We will review our decision regularly and update further on any changes.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Joe Orson said:

"I recognise these are worrying times in what is an unprecedented situation but I want to ensure everyone in Melton that supporting the health and well-being of our communities and the employees who serve them is our top priority. We are doing all we can to prepare for the challenging times ahead and ensure we can both maintain our priority services whilst also helping to co-ordinate the amazing support being offered by people throughout our community. We hope our new Community Support Hub provides a beacon around which we can all rally and work together to help those in need. Can I encourage anyone who is wishing to co-ordinate support on social media to use the #Here4Melton so we can keep track of all your efforts and help link people together.

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Posted: Tue, 17 Mar 2020 18:13 by Kathryn Staley


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Posted: Mon, 16 Mar 2020 12:43 by Kathryn Staley

New guide to care and support in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland – a crucial time for information

New guide to care and support in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland – a crucial time for information

A new, updated Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Adult Care and Support Services Directory has been published in association with Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and Rutland County Council. It gives readers crucial information on how to access, and pay for, care services throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

You may have seen there's a huge amount in the media at the moment about the crisis in social care. If you're growing concerned about your care options, or just want some more information on what your choices may be, this Directory can help. With information to help you understand your options, where to go for advice and how the paying for care system works, the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Adult Care and Support Services Directory can support you to make informed decisions. More »

The new edition of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Adult Care and Support Services Directory and accompanying website give information on all aspects of arranging care and support in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It includes how to stay independent for as long as possible, the different care and support options available and what to look for when choosing a care provider. It also offers guidance on important issues such as paying for care and what financial assistance may be available from the local authority. There are comprehensive listings of all registered care services throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, plus checklists to help you ask the right questions when visiting services.

For a free copy of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Adult Care and Support Services Directory contact;
Leicester - email or call 0116 4543694.
Leicestershire – email or call 0116 3052169 and Rutland – email or call 01572 722577.
It is also available throughout the region from outlets including libraries, hospitals, GP surgeries and Age UK. It can be downloaded from and is available in spoken word.

Robert Chamberlain, Managing Director of the Directory's publisher, Care Choices, commented: "This is an invaluable source of information for anyone considering short or long-term care in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and contains vital information to help people decide what type of care and support is best for them.

"With the current crisis in social care, finding a care service for yourself or a loved one that meets their needs and is affordable can be a daunting and unfamiliar task. This new Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Adult Care and Support Services Directory has been compiled to help people understand the process and offer them reassurance at every step of their journey."

Care Choices is the UK's largest independent publisher for social care and adults with additional needs. It is also the largest publisher of care directories for local authorities in England. » Less

Posted: Fri, 06 Mar 2020 17:53 by Kathryn Staley