Borough of Melton

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Borough of Melton
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Entering the borough on the A607 at Rearsby
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Shown within Leicestershire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East Midlands
Administrative county Leicestershire
Admin. HQ Melton Mowbray
  TypeMelton Borough Council
  Executive: Conservative
   MPs: Alicia Kearns
  Chief ExecutiveEdd de Coverly (Since 2017)
  Leader of the CouncilJoe Orson (Since 2017)
  Total185.9 sq mi (481.4 km2)
Area rank 92nd
 (mid-2018 est.)
  Rank Ranked 314th
  Density270/sq mi (110/km2)
Time zone UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST) UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code 31UG (ONS)
E07000133 (GSS)
Ethnicity98.8% White

Melton is a local government district with borough status in north-eastern Leicestershire, England. It is named after its main town, Melton Mowbray. Other settlements include Asfordby and Bottesford. It has a population of 46,861, increasing to 50,376 at the 2011 census. [1]


Melton Borough is an rural area in the north-east part of Leicestershire and at the heart of the East Midlands. It is the 10th smallest district in England. The main activities of the Borough are centred on the single market town of Melton Mowbray which has a population of about 26,000.

There are some 70 small villages within the surrounding rural area and the area of the Borough is 48,138ha.


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Borough council offices two days after the fire in 2008

It was formed in 1974, from the Melton Mowbray Urban District and the Melton and Belvoir Rural District. The council offices on Nottingham Road burnt down on 30 May 2008. [2] [3] Across the road were situated the main offices of the East Midlands Regional Assembly before it was abolished in 2010.


The borough is the home of Stilton Cheese and Melton Mowbray Pork Pies.


Political representation

There are 28 Councillors, of which 22 are Conservative and so control the Council. Five Councillors are Independents, and there is one Green Councillor – together they have formed an ‘Opposition Group’ with Cllr Elaine Holmes as leader. The Conservative Leader of the Council is Cllr Joe Orson, who represents the Old Dalby Ward.

The Melton and Rutland constituency is Conservative.

East Midlands Councils is based opposite the former Melton borough offices on the A606 within the PERA complex.


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Belvoir Castle

The district borders South Kesteven, in Lincolnshire, to the east, Rutland to the south, Charnwood to the west (along the A46 Fosse Way), and Rushcliffe and Newark and Sherwood in Nottinghamshire to the north. The north part of the district is known as the Vale of Belvoir.


Farming and food production are the main industries with Pedigree Petfoods in Melton, and its Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition at Waltham on the Wolds. There is a large creamery (Long Clawson Dairy) at Long Clawson. Samworth Brothers are headquartered in Melton. The Royal Army Veterinary Corps and Defence Animal Training Regiment are also in Melton.

The Birmingham to Peterborough Line runs through the borough, and the borough is criss-crossed by the A607 (Leicester-Grantham) and the A606 (Nottingham-Oakham). Both these roads meet in the centre of Melton (outside Melton Brooksby College), with resulting congestion.


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Entering the borough near Twyford on the B6047

Until September 2008, the district operated the three-tier education system, whereby there were three middle schools. All these schools fed into the same upper school in Melton from 14-18. At both GCSE and A level, the district's results are above the England average. From age 16 Students can attend either Melton Vale Post 16 Centre for academic sixth form courses, or Brooksby Melton College for vocational courses.


The Borough of Melton has experienced steady population growth in recent times albeit at a rate lower than the other districts within Leicestershire.

Population growth in the Borough of Melton
Census [4] ONS [5] ONS Projections [6]

Highest rate of accidental death in England in 2010/11

In March 2012, Melton was identified as having the highest rate of accidental death by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, with statistics over the period from 2010/11 showing an average of 29 deaths for 100,000 people. [7]

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Melton Mowbray Town in Leicestershire, England

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Bottesford, Leicestershire Human settlement in England

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Asfordby Human settlement in England

Asfordby is a village and civil parish in the Melton district of Leicestershire, to the west of Melton Mowbray on the A6006 road. The village is north-east of Leicester.

Hose, Leicestershire Human settlement in England

Hose is a village and former civil parish, now in the parish of Clawson, Hose and Harby, in the Melton and the county of Leicestershire, England. The town of Melton Mowbray is six miles south. In 1931 the civil parish had a population of 421, the 2011 population of the built-up area being 580.

Harby, Leicestershire Human settlement in England

Harby is a village and former civil parish, now in the parish of Clawson, Hose and Harby, the Borough of Melton and the county of Leicestershire, England. It lies in the Vale of Belvoir, 9.4 miles (15.1 km) north of Melton Mowbray and 13.9 miles (22.4 km) west-south-west of Grantham. Although in Leicestershire, the county town of Leicester is further – 21.4 miles (34.4 km) – than Nottingham – 15.7 miles (25.3 km). It lies on the south side of the Grantham Canal. Belvoir Castle, 6 miles (9.7 km) to the north-east, is conspicuous on the horizon.

Waltham on the Wolds Village in Leicestershire, England

Waltham on the Wolds is an English village located in the civil parish of Waltham on the Wolds and Thorpe Arnold, in the Melton borough of Leicestershire. It lies about 5 miles (8.0 km) north-east of Melton Mowbray and 11 miles (17.7 km) south-west of Grantham on the main A607 road. The population of the parish was 967 in 2011.

Redmile Human settlement in England

Redmile is an English village and civil parish in the Melton district of Leicestershire, about ten miles (16 km) north of Melton Mowbray and seven miles (11 km) west of Grantham. The population of the civil parish, which includes Barkestone-le-Vale and Plungar), was 921 at the 2011 census, up from 829 in 2001.

The A606 is an A road in England that starts in West Bridgford (52.9274°N 1.1299°W) and heads southeastwards through Leicestershire and the towns of Melton Mowbray and Oakham, terminating at Stamford, Lincolnshire (52.6528°N 0.4836°W), on the former Great North Road.

Scalford Village in Leicestershire, England

Scalford is a village and civil parish in the Melton borough of Leicestershire, England. It lies 4 miles to the north of Melton Mowbray at the southern end of the Vale of Belvoir. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 608.

Muston, Leicestershire Human settlement in England

Muston is an English village in north-east Leicestershire, 18.6 miles (30 km) east of Nottingham and five miles (8 km) west of Grantham on the A52. It is 12.5 miles (20 km) north of Melton Mowbray. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 339. It lies on the Leicestershire/Lincolnshire county border, two miles east of Bottesford, of which it forms part of the civil parish. The River Devon flows through the village.

The Great Northern and London and North Western Joint Railway was a British railway line, almost entirely within Leicestershire. Authorised by the same Act of Parliament, the Great Northern Railway Leicester Branch was built, branching from the Joint Line; on the same basis the Newark to Bottesford Line was built. The lines opened progressively between 1879 and 1883. The dominant traffic was iron ore, and the agricultural produce of the area served also generated considerable business. The passenger usage was never considerable, although some unusual through services were attempted at first.

Belvoir High School Academy"`uniq--ref-00000001-qinu`" school in Bottesford, Leicestershire, England

Belvoir High School, now known as The Priory Belvoir Academy, is a mixed secondary school located in Bottesford in the English county of Leicestershire. The school previously also operated Melton Vale Post 16 Centre in Melton Mowbray.

Plungar Human settlement in England

Plungar is a village in the civil parish of Redmile, and the Melton district of Leicestershire, England. It is about 9 miles (14 km) north of the market town of Melton Mowbray and 7 miles (11 km) west from Grantham. Plungar is adjacent to the Grantham Canal and stands in the Vale of Belvoir.


  1. "Borough population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  2. "Melton Borough Council offices from the rear after the fire". Geograph. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  3. Photos: Melton Council HQ Fire. "Melton Borough Council offices burn down in May 2008". BBC. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  4. Vision of Britain through time
  5. mid year estimate
  6. ONS population projections 2014 base / projections reduced by '21 - 500/'31 - 500 given an overestimation at 2016 - 600/
  7. Child Safety (26 March 2012). "New Injury Stats Show Burden Of Accidents And Regional Varia..." RoSPA. Archived from the original on 11 May 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2013.

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