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The Parish Council

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The Parish Council

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The Parish Council

Parish Council History

Parish Council History

Parish Council History

Little Houghton Parish Council was established in 1894 under the Local Government Act of that year. A Meeting was held in the school in December to establish a Parish Council. Forty seven parishioners attended and a Mr. A.C. Eyles, Overseer of the Parish was elected as the Chair. Nine nominations for the Council were received and the candidates were declared as elected.

For the following years the business consisted of Appointing the Parish Constable Appointing Overseers of the Parish for the Hardingstone Board of Guardians Administering the Parish Charities

A detailed account of the work of the Parish Council from 1897 until 2000 was included in an excellent publication entitled “A Little Houghton Parish Appraisal” and produced to celebrate the Millennium of the Year 2000. At that time it was circulated to every household in Little Houghton. Mr. Peter King who served on the Council for 43 years has kindly updated the original Parish Council History to the present time. Here are some interesting items taken from this complete history but we would be happy to supply a copy of the full account to any interested parishioners.



The Ward’s Gift to the Poor was valued at £14-5-6 and each recipient was given 6 shillings and nine pence halfpenny.


A meeting to discuss the means to provide for the parish decided that the landlords should endeavour to find water for their tenants before the District Council step in and force it on the ratepayers. This must have been implemented and a mains water supply was later connected.


Parish Constable Mr. Thomas W. Bowler was paid £1 for his services.


The District Council enquired whether any houses were needed for the working classes. It was decided that two were required (14 & 16 Lodge Road) – this number increased very considerably over the years.

A large amount of refuse had been deposited by residents on the farm road (Lodge Road i.e. on the south side of the by-pass) and it was decided to burn as much as possible, bury the hard things, and try to prevent people from depositing garden and other refuse.


 The first bank account was opened for the Council.


£5 (a half penny in the pound Poor Rate) was voted to pay for the attendance of the Town Fire Brigade to the parish in the event of a fire).


Clerk’s Salary was £1-6-3 for one year and three month’s service. The Council asked that the signs indicating a speed limit of 10 m.p.h. be placed at the approaches to the village.


Northampton Electric Light Company enquired whether the Parish Council would support the installation of electricity into the village. This was agreed and it was installed in 1928.


The first street lamp was fitted, free for the first winter, at the corner of lodge Road, but no more lamps were installed until 1938.


 The District Council approved the scheme to build houses on First Allotment Field. 8 were built being 39 – 53 Lodge Road.


The Parish Council accepted Mrs. Davidge’s offer of the Lease of the Parish Hall and a management committee was set up.


The Post Office was asked to provide a telephone kiosk.


The County Council were asked to arrange a traffic count to include types of vehicles in order to support a by-pass scheme.


Following complaints regarding the playing of football in Lodge Close, the Council discussed the need for a field where such games could be played.


A proposal for the extraction of sand and gravel was received from the County Planning Officer and this was approved although concern was expressed regarding the increase in traffic. It was agreed that there was a need for litter bins.


A County Councillor spoke of her efforts to prevent Little Houghton and other villages from being absorbed into the borough.


The plan for the proposed Conservation Area in the village was presented to the County Council and was later accepted.


The Council investigated the possibility of a concessionary bus fare scheme for pensioners.


11th December – the by-pass road was eventually opened after a long history of controversy dating back to 1959.


Alarm was expressed that sub-post offices were threatened with closure if payment of pensions was to be made by cheque.


The telephone kiosk was listed as Grade II having been judged to be of special architectural and historic interest.


A public participation period of 10 minutes prior to Council was introduced.


The Parish Council purchased the Playing field in Lodge Road for £1.


The Council gave grants towards the Church flagpole being replaced and the weathervane and clock restored. A letter of congratulations was sent to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on th birthday. Her 100 2001 The footpaths were reopened following an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease in the County.


John Ford retired after serving 42 years as a Councillor. A village party and presentation were organised by the P.C. funded by a village collection. Maps of the parish footpaths were delivered to every house.


Concerns about the dangerous A428 junction at the west end of the village were discussed, and speed cameras and/or a roundabout were proposed. After much discussion permission was granted for the old school building in Bedford Road to be used as a private Nursery School for 40 children.


Bedford A428 junction – the PC proposed the installation of a central reservation with bollards.


Peter King retired after serving for 43 years as a Councillor – another village party and presentation were organised.


The problems of the Brafield lay-by were solved by the joint efforts of Brafield P.C. and our own.

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