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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]

Borough of Melton
Entering the borough on the A607 at Rearsby
Entering the borough on the A607 at Rearsby
Shown within Leicestershire
Shown within Leicestershire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast Midlands
Administrative countyLeicestershire
Admin. HQMelton Mowbray
 • TypeMelton Borough Council
 • Leadership:Alternative - Sec.31
 • Executive:Conservative
 • MPs:Alan Duncan
 • Chief ExecutiveEdd de Coverly (Since 2017)
 • Leader of the CouncilJoe Orson (Since 2017)
 • Total185.9 sq mi (481.4 km2)
Area rank92nd
 (mid-2018 est.)
 • Total51,100
 • RankRanked 314th
 • Density270/sq mi (110/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code31UG (ONS)
E07000133 (GSS)
Ethnicity98.8% White

Melton Borough is an attractive 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.


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 representationEdit

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.


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.


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
Year 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001 2011 2016 2021 2031
Population 32,825 34,512 38,897 42,578 45,105 47,890 50,376 50,900 53,000 55,500
Census [4] ONS [5] ONS Projections [6]

Highest rate of accidental death in England in 2010/11Edit

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]


  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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