Broughton Astley Parish Council

Serving the people of Broughton Astley

Clerk: Debbie Barber
Council Office, Station Road
Broughton Astley, Leicester


Broughton Astley Parish Council provides YOUR local services. We strive to make Broughton Astley a better place to live, work and visit. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find what you want or would like to recommend any improvements to our website then please contact us.

  • From oak tree to art

    From oak tree to art

  • Picture of the Village Hall on Station Road

    Our Village Hall on Station Road

  • New trees at the Leisure Centre

    New Oak tree planting on the Leisure Centre site.

  • A picture of the leisure centre
  • Bulls Head Flood

  • An old picture of Dunton Road

    Dunton Road

  • Picture looking over field on a nice sunny day

    Courtesy B.Hubay

  • Old Village Hall

    Old Village Hall

  • St Mary's

    St Mary's Broughton Astley - Courtesy of B.Hubay

  • A picture St Mary's taken through the trees

    St Mary's Broughton Astley - Courtesy B.Hubay

Local Council Responsibilities And Who To Contact

Broughton Astley Parish Council are responsible for: Allotments Frolesworth Road Cemetery Frolesworth Road Recreation Ground Village Hall War Memorial & Garden Youth Shelter or call 01455 285655 Harborough District Council are responsible for: Incidents of anti-social behaviour Bins & litter Council Tax Fly tipping Housing Licensing Parks & open spaces Planning Report dog fouling Street cleaning or call 01858 828282 Leicestershire County Council are responsible for: Grass cutting and roadside verges Highway issues Public Rights of Way Social Services Schools Streets and Lighting Roads and Parking Tips Trees and hedges Traffic Issues Please contact: 0116 305 0001 or email: If you have an ongoing problem affecting your local area or you need support for a particular campaign that you feel strongly about you can contact your local Member of Parliament Alberto Costa at

Frolesworth Road park
Winter opening times:
6:30 am - 4:30 pm
1st October 2021
Until 31st March 2022

From oak tree to work of art.

Broughton Astley Parish Council are delighted to announce the installation of a carved oak bench at the Leisure Centre site.

As part of the building work for the leisure centre four mature oak trees were unfortunately felled.
We really did not want to lose these majestic specimens and vowed to bring them back to life in another form. The Parish Council looked at the different ways in which they could be utilised, and we found a very skilled wood carver who could make benches from the oak trunks.
The parish office staff then worked to get the project underway by applying for funds from Harborough District Council's Community Grant Fund. Once this was approved, we booked in Peter Leadbeater, a Leicestershire wood sculptor, to begin the hard work. The project was delayed by the Covid pandemic and poor weather, but Peter began carving on April 21st 2021 and just five days later an amazing work of art had been created, bringing an old tree trunk back to life!

We then had to work out how to move the bench into place as it was so heavy!

A local farmer, Nick Lane, came to our rescue and very kindly used his heavy lifting gear to put the bench in situ. We would like to send a special thanks to Nick for his help.

The bench has been treated and anchored. It takes pride of place near to the place where it once grew, and people are able to sit and watch the children play.

Rodney the owl.

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Out of Hours Incident Reporting Procedure



Reporting procedure

Major civil incident with loss of life e.g., gas explosion or major traffic accident.

Contact the emergency services.

General incident, not affecting Parish Council property or staff.

Contact the Duty Officer at the appropriate authority:

  1. Leicestershire County Council (Highways): 0116 305 0001.
  2. Emergency Planning Team 0116 305 6101

Harborough District Council (Planning, Waste Management, etc.) 01858 828282.

Incident affecting Parish Council property or staff.

Alert the Parish Manager – on 01455 285655 and leave a message if no reply.

Incident at the Village Hall e.g., burglar alarm activated.

Contact the Police (101) and the Parish Manager (01455 285655 and leave a message if no reply)

Office opening hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.00am – 1.00pm

Latest News

Parishes Nature Network

Hedgehog picture

Posted: Mon, 18 Oct 2021 13:30 by Broughton Astley Parish Council Admin.

Trees and Hedgerows

Leicestershire County Council (LCC) have committed to planting 700,000 trees because as a county, we have a one of the lowest tree coverages in the UK.

Broughton Astley Parish Council has already submitted a bid for trees and hedgerow trees. The trees are also available to private landowners. More »

The Forestry Commission is giving LCC £216k to purchase 20,000 trees.


Hedgehog numbers are in decline, mainly due to the loss of countryside habitat and the use of slug pellets. Those who wish to help hedgehogs can find useful information at the following websites:

LCC is looking to form 'Local Action Groups' in order to tackle invasive non-native species (INNS).
Further details to follow.

Cllr Dave Glenis » Less

Catalytic converters stolen for precious metals

Catalytic Converter thefts

Posted: Wed, 06 Oct 2021 11:20 by Broughton Astley Parish Council Admin.

Catalytic converters stolen for precious metals.

Leicestershire Police is encouraging vehicle owners to be extra vigilant due to a rise in catalytic converter thefts from cars.

Thieves are targeting vehicles for the parts due to the value of the precious metals they contain, as precious metal prices go up the demand for parts that contain them goes up too, resulting in the risk of theft increasing. More »

The process of stealing a catalytic converter can be carried out in as little as 60 seconds with high power tools.

Increase of catalytic converter thefts began in late 2018, however, during the pandemic of this year the numbers seemed to have dwindled. But now, they have risen again.

In contrast to 2018 - 2019, catalytic converter thefts were recorded at 278; since then 2019 - 2020 has seen a sharp rise to 618 recorded thefts.

Now Leicestershire Police has launched a campaign to make drivers aware of the issue after a number of incidents across the force area.

The force will be will be installing bold warning signs in hotspot locations to warn drivers, will be promoting how to reduce the risk of being targeted on social media channels and via Neighbourhood Link and is working with a number of garages to offer free security marking for catalytic convertors.

The theft of catalytic converters can happen anytime day or night via typical locations such as:

  • Car parks - typically Supermarkets
  • Driveways
  • On street parking.

Thieves cut the catalytic converter from the exhaust pipe of a parked car and sell them on for profit.

Taller vehicles (4x4s) are particularly vulnerable as the converters are more accessible and because they tend to have larger engines, contain more of the precious metals.

Detective Chief Inspector Reme Gibson said: "We have seen a rise in catalytic converter thefts around the force area. Predominantly, these crimes tend to occur in supermarket car parks and private driveways.

"Any vehicle can be subject to catalytic converter theft, however Toyota Auris, Toyota Prius, Honda Jazz and Honda Accord are known to be more vulnerable to this type of theft. We urge vehicle owners to take measures when parking and reduce the risk of theft."

To reduce the risk of theft of your car's catalytic converter:

  • Park your car in a garage or somewhere that makes it difficult for anyone to access its underside
  • Install CCTV that captures where you park
  • Don't park your car in one place for long periods of time
  • Secure your catalytic converter with extra bolts to make it more difficult to remove
  • Try defensive parking against a wall or by another lower vehicle to make it more difficult to get under
  • Have a mechanic weld the catalytic converter to the exhaust system
  • Park your car in lit up areas or on busy areas
  • When you book in for your next MOT, service, ask your *local garage to fit the marking kit onto your vehicle for FREE!

List of garages participating within the scheme:

Brookside, 1 Cannock Street, Leicester, LE4 9HR

Euro Tyres, 68 Barkby Road, Leicester, LE4 9LF

The force is seeking to work with more garages as the campaign progresses. » Less

Leicestershire County Council Green Plaque Awards 2021

Leicestershire County Council Green Plaque Awards 2021

Posted: Mon, 04 Oct 2021 12:15 by Broughton Astley Parish Council Admin.

Leicestershire County Council Green Plaque Awards 2021

The nice old house opposite the Turkish Restaurant in the village centre used to be the manse for the Minister of Sutton in the Elms Baptist Church. The Rev. Cheney Burdett was the minister living in the manse with his family in 1848, the year that his son, Samuel Swinfen Burdett (SSB), emigrated to America where he had an illustrious career! More »

SSB became a Lawyer, fought on the side of President Lincoln in the Civil War, was elected as a Member of Congress for two terms and was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army.

He never forgot his roots in rural Leicestershire, sending donations to the Sutton Chapel and visiting the village on two occasions. It was on the second of these visits in 1914, whilst he was staying with the then Sutton Minister the Rev. J. W. Cannings, that he became seriously ill and died – in the same house in which he was born!

His body was cremated at Gilroes and his ashes interred at Arlington National Cemetery in USA, as befitted a person of his standing and importance.

Six Leicestershire County Council Green Plaques are awarded annually to people and places in and around the county, nominated and voted for by the public. Samuel Swinfen Burdett is on this year's shortlist of twelve.

It would be nice if we could get a green plaque placed in the village centre commemorating the work done by this local boy. Voting is now underway and finishes on Sunday 24 October 2021.

Voting is done on-line by visiting :

Voting is on a "per person" basis not "per household" so please vote individually so we may get the largest number of votes possible.

Please place your vote for a Green Plaque for SSB now!! » Less

Tommy as good as new!

We would like to thank Sean Maguire Managing Director of Sapcote Engineering.

They have repaired the Tommy that was damaged during storm Ciara on the weekend of 8th and 9th of February 2020.

Sapcote Engineering have very kindly repaired the statue free of charge.

Tommy is now back in his rightful place at Broughton Astley Memorial Garden.