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.

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.

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

Planning Committee on 6th August 2020 to consider 20/00102/FUL

Proposal:- Erection of 10 dwellings and associated turning head. Amended Plans received 7th April 2020.

Address:- Former Southfields Farm, Church Lane, Somerby

It is intended that the application will be considered by the Planning Committee on 06.08.2020 . In view of the restrictions in place due to the Corona Virus crisis, this meeting will take place as a remote meeting.

Details on how to attend this meeting and observe the determination of the application will be displayed on the MBC website at: https://democracy.melton.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=134&MId=1139

Posted: Thu, 23 Jul 2020 13:13 by Kathryn Staley

Discretionary Business Grants Fund is open for a second round of applications

Melton Borough Council has announced it will run another round of the Discretionary Business Grants scheme to support local businesses.

The council launched the first round of this scheme in June 2020 and recently made payments to 95 businesses, allocating over £457,000 through this process. This builds on the £10.2m paid to 855 businesses through the government's earlier grants schemes. Following the first round of allocations, there is £118,000 remaining in the Discretionary Grant fund, therefore, the council has decided to open up a second round of the scheme to provide further support to businesses and the local economy. More »

Cllr Leigh Higgins, Deputy Leader of the Council, said "We are keen to support the community and businesses as much as possible during this time. Whilst we have already supported many businesses through the first round of the scheme, we are aware that there are still many businesses who are in need of grant support. Due to this, we are delighted to be able to open up the second round of this scheme to those businesses in the borough that have so far been ineligible for grant funding.

We would also encourage businesses to speak to their landlords to see if rent relief is available, and to make sure they have utilised the full suite of government support available to them during this period. This will enable us to support as many local businesses as we can with the funding we have."

The scheme will be open to all businesses in the borough that are able to demonstrate that they meet the minimum criteria set out in the national guidance, such as having ongoing fixed costs, being open and trading on the 11 March 2020 and experiencing significant income loss.

Applications can be made from 09:00 Thursday 2 July to 23:59 on Thursday 16 July 2020 using the online form available at: www.melton.gov.uk/here4melton/topupgrantform.

Any applications received after this period will not be considered as eligible for this scheme. Once this application window has expired, the Council will review the applications against the criteria set out within the discretionary grant fund policy and accompanying documentation relation to the second round of the scheme. Grants will be distributed to those businesses that are able to demonstrate they are most in need.

For more information please refer to the Melton Borough Council Discretionary Business Grants Fund Policy » Less

Posted: Sun, 05 Jul 2020 20:31 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 Skygate Lane approximately 150 metres north east of Bay Tree house on the 22nd June 2020 for 3 days.
The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be implemented for public safety, so Severn Trent Water can install an apparatus.
The proposed alternative diversion route will be via: Oakham Road (A606), Pickwell Road, Leesthorpe Road, Main Street, Stygate Lane, and vice versa.

Posted: Fri, 05 Jun 2020 11:51 by Kathryn Staley