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

Neighbourhood Plan

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

Road Closure - High Street Somerby - Centrebus 100 service

Road Closure - High Street Somerby - Centrebus 100 service

The closure will begin on Tuesday November 9th and due to complete on Tuesday November 10th to enable LCC to safely carry out footway and kerb repair works

During the course of the closure Centrebus 100 will be unable to serve John O' Gaunt, Burrough on the Hill, Somerby and Pickwell.

Posted: Fri, 05 Nov 2021 20:20 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 High Street from Burrough Road to the Town End junctions on 09th November 2021 for 2 days (09:00am – 15:00pm).
A no waiting or loading restriction will also be implemented from house no. 23 – 29 High Street during the work.
The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order has been implemented for public safety, so Leicestershire County Council can carry out urgent footway and kerb repairs. More »

The proposed alternative diversion route will be via: - Town End, Owston Road Somerby, Somerby Road, Long Lane, Whatborough Road Owston, Oakham Road Tilton On The Hill, B6047, Main Street, Burrough Road Twyford, Twyford Road, Main Street, Somerby Road Burrough On The Hill, Burrough Road Somerby and vice versa.

Please click on the weblink to view the closure area and diversion route » Less

Posted: Tue, 26 Oct 2021 09:47 by Kathryn Staley

Somerby Recycling & Household Waste Site

LCC have updated the Parish Council as follows:

Unfortunately due to the significant pressures with continuing HGV driver shortages and staffing issues through Covid-19 in the waste management service to an extent that makes some disruption to the Recycling and Household Waste Site (RHWS) Service inevitable. As such, we have taken a proactive approach to ensure that statutory obligations continue to be met and that any disruption is limited to lower usage and secondary RHWSs wherever possible. This has meant that Bottesford, Shepshed and Somerby RHWSs have been temporarily closed until further notice. More »

There are other RHWSs in the local area that remain open 5 days per week for residents to take any excess household waste they may have (Melton is probably the nearest) and you can check opening hours here https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/waste-and-recycling/find-a-recycling-and-household-waste-site

We apologies for the inconvenience this has caused but please be reassured that the decision to temporarily close these sites has not been taken lightly and it is important to note that these sites will be re-opened as soon as resources allow.

Please ensure you keep checking our website which is kept as up to date as possible with any changes. » Less

Posted: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 16:08 by Kathryn Staley