Who we are & what we do
Kibworth Harcourt is situated in South Leicestershire, England. The village is situated mid-way between the city of Leicester and the town of Market Harborough.
Kibworth Harcourt Parish Council was established in 1895. The number of members is based on the number of people on the Electoral Roll, which stands, as of December 2014, at 1310. Currently there are six Council positions supported by the services of a salaried Clerk.
Council generally meets at 7:00 pm usually on the first Thursday of each month and the venue is published on the Meetings Calendar for each month (see link on left), and is currently the Kibworth Grammar School Hall on School Road in Kibworth Beauchamp.
Diane Baxter has volunteered to be the Parish Tree Warden, and she attends meetings when available.
Cllr Ted Masters has volunteered to be the Parish Heritage Warden.
The July meeting traditionally takes the form of a walkabout around the village. Additional meetings are called on occasion if the need arises. Dates and agenda are posted on the notice boards at Jubilee Green, New Road and Kibworth Meadows development, and elsewhere on this website. Meeting minutes are available on the website once approved.
Members of the public are welcome to attend Parish Council meetings, and indeed Councillors wish to encourage public participation in local affairs. Provision is made for members of the public to speak on matters which appear on the agenda (published 5 days before the meeting and available to download from the Calendar page).
The Parish Council has representatives on the Kibworth Joint Recreation Board, the Joint Burial Board, the Kibworth Village Hall Committee, the Kibworth Grammar School Hall Trustee and the Kibworth Neighbourhood Plan Group.
Council activities are funded by precept on Harborough District Council and accounts are subject to annual inspection by independent internal and external auditors.
Parish councils are the first tier of local government and are the closest elected body to the electors. The powers of parish councils are varied and for Kibworth Harcourt include such things as provision of allotments, and play areas (there is a Joint Recreation Board together with Kibworth Beauchamp PC, although Jubilee Green is the sole responsibility of Kibworth Harcourt PC), burial grounds (there is a joint Burial Board together with Kibworth Beauchamp PC), dog bins, litter bins, bus shelters, seats and shelters, and grass cutting/grounds maintenance.
Parish councils can employ staff (in our case the clerk) and also have the power to make local bye-laws. As well as the direct provision of services parish councils also provide important input to proposals and services administered by other local and national organisations, including commenting on planning proposals, highways, drainage, local bus routes, health facilities etc.
A parish council is elected by the local community to serve the local community and anyone with an interest in local affairs can put themselves forward as a candidate at the 4 yearly elections. The decisions taken by the council impact on all residents of their area in terms of services and facilities available to residents, and also financially, as local councils fund their activities by means of a 'precept' on the council tax.
What is a Councillor?
Committees & Working Parties
Our joint boards have specific tasks.