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News and features from Harborough District Council -  April 2023


Liz Elliott
Interim Chief Executive 

Spring is here at last and there are lots of fun Easter events taking place across the district for all the family including free trails in Lutterworth and Market Harborough town centres, supported by our wonderful local shops and businesses.

Voluntary and not for profit organisations in Harborough district can now apply for grant funding as part of The Coronation Community Grant Scheme. Find out more and apply now!

The Coronation celebrations will soon be here, don't forget to put your Coronation event on the map.

If you'd like some help with finding a job, a voluntary role, skills training or apprenticeship then pop along to Job Club in Lutterworth on 14 April. Advisors will be on hand to support you in reaching your career goals.

A reminder that elections will take place on 4 May 2023 for all seats on Harborough District Council and for parishes within the area. Voters will now need to show photographic identification to vote at a polling station. You can apply for free photo ID up to 5pm on 25 April'23.



Changing Places launch at Welland Park 

Changing Places in Welland Park, Market Harborough

Welland Park in Market Harborough has seen its toilet facilities extensively refurbished by the council to modernise and make them fully accessible, with improved disabled provisions for children and adults.

The transformation means families will benefit from specialist equipment including a height adjustable changing table and associated hoist, nonslip flooring, reduced ceiling height, privacy screens and clear manoeuvring space.

Changing Places UK aims to give people with disabilities access to safe, clean and dignified public toilet facilities, to ensure they can participate inclusively in society. 

We are now exploring the possibility of securing further Changing Places funding for similar facilities elsewhere in the district.

If you have any suggestions about existing toilets, in publicly accessible locations, which could be re-developed as future Changing Places facilities, please contact us by emailing:


Coronation celebrations and funding 

The council has allocated £20,000 in grant funding to support community projects across the district in recognition of the Coronation of King Charles III in May.

The Coronation Community Grant Scheme will support local voluntary and not for profit organisations within, or that benefit, Harborough district with projects that enable better health and wellbeing in the district.

Examples of projects that could be funded include sport equipment, warm spaces, initiatives to maintain or increase greenery in the local area and community gardens.

Residents, community groups, organisations and businesses can now submit details of their events or activities for inclusion on the official Coronation interactive map and events listing.

If you are wishing to hold an event on council owned land, please contact the Harborough District Council Events team before you make any arrangements to obtain the necessary permission.

Event enquiries should be emailed to:

Find out more

Broughton Astley shop gets a facelift

A soon-to-be vacant shop in Broughton Astley has been temporarily decorated in vinyl to encourage potential new tenants and improve the look of the village centre.

We've worked with specialist designers to create the impression of a fully furbished premises (in this case, a café theme) in order to show investors what the shop could look like for business when it becomes vacant.

Please let us know about long-standing vacant shop units in Harborough district, or if you are interested in the freehold of this property, please email:


Easter events across Harborough district 


There are lots of eggciting events happening across Harborough district this Easter! 

From 1 - 14 April 2023 there will be an egg hunt in shop windows round Lutterworth town centre or why not hop along to the Harbs Collective Easter Trail, taking place in Market Harborough from 1 - 15 April 2023.

There are plenty of affordable, egg trails, crafting fun, farm adventures, biscuit decorating and more for all the family - check them out now! 

Find Easter Events

Congratulations to these local 5-star businesses


We carry out regular checks on all registered food premises in Harborough district. We make sure that:

•Risks have been identified

•Staff are adequately trained

•The condition and cleanliness of the premises meets required standards

Food hygiene regulations require that all businesses must produce and maintain a documented food safety management system. A guide to this is available from the Food Standards Agency.

Most food premises are awarded a food hygiene rating following an inspection. You can view hygiene ratings for food businesses.

Find out more

Emergency alerts system

The new Government Emergency Alerts Service is now live and a UK-wide test will take place on Sunday 23 April 2023.

The new system will enable people to be contacted via their mobile phone if their lives are at risk in an emergency.

Emergency Alerts are messages sent to all compatible 4G and 5G mobile phones when there’s a
danger to your life, health or property in the area you’re located.

They don’t need your location or phone number. Only the government and the emergency services can send them.

If you don’t have a mobile, you’ll still be kept informed through other channels.

If you get an Emergency Alert on your phone, you’ll hear a loud, siren-like sound. A message on your screen will tell you about the emergency and how best to respond.

You’ll be able to check an alert is genuine at

Find out more

Fly-tipping drops as campaign continues to crack down

The number of fly-tipping incidents in Harborough district has fallen in tandem with an ongoing council initiative to stamp it out.

For the fourth year running, our ‘Tip-Off’ campaign has achieved a reduction of fly tips. It aims to inform the public about how they can report illegally dumped rubbish and prevent it.

A total of 728 incidents were reported in 2018/19 compared to 264 at the end of January in 2022/23.

Throughout the campaign, our environmental crime team has consistently worked with residents, parishes and other groups to crack down and enforce on fly-tipping.

Keep an eye on our news pages to read more about some of the things our environmental crime officers have been doing to tackle fly-tipping  - coming soon! 

You can report a fly tip:


Contaminated recycling is rejected

Did you know that your blue-lidded recycling bin can be classed contaminated – despite having no non-recyclables inside?

Our collection crews frequently find pizza boxes containing the uneaten crusts in the blue-lidded recycling bin, and even yogurt pots that remain half full. This could contaminate an entire vehicle worth of waste which is approximately 18 tonnes! 

Please take a minute to scrape any remnants out of half-eaten food items, and give it a quick rinse after, so the bulk-waste is not refused at the mixed-recycling facility.

Sauce bottles can be cleaned by adding water, closing the lid and giving it a shake to help empty out any leftover contents.

Please ensure these guidelines are followed before placing items in your blue-lidded bin, to help drive down contamination rates in our district, and ensure that more items are recycled.

Find out more

Everyone welcome at Lutterworth job club

Come Along to Lutterworth Job Club on Friday 14 April 2023 from 1pm - 3pm at The Wycliffe Rooms in Lutterworth.

Speak with local employers about real job opportunities across the Harborough district. Professional career advisers will also be on hand to help you with your CV, interview skills, accessing training and more!   

This month Voluntary Action Leicestershire will be sharing the benefits of volunteering and the range of available opportunities. 

You can find job opportunities, apprenticeships, careers support, business advice, entrepreneurial guidance & more in the Harborough district or contact the Economic Development team by email:

To keep updated with grant funding opportunities, local events, free training and collaborative projects, sign up to receive the Business E-Bulletin now! 


Dates for your diary

  • 1 - 14 April: Easter Egg Hunt, Lutterworth Town Centre 

  • 1 - 15 April: Harbs Collective Easter Trail in Market Harborough

  • 6 April: Farmers' market on The Square in Market Harborough

  • 14 April: Job Club at The Wycliffe Rooms, Lutterworth 

  • 22 April: Holistic Harborough at Harborough Market

  • 23 April: UK-wide testing of the Emergency Alerts service to mobile phones

  • 25 April: Last day to apply for free photo ID for the elections. 5pm deadline

  • 27 April: Artisan market on The Square in Market Harborough

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