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News and features from Harborough District Council - March 2023


Cllr Phil King
Leader of Harborough District Council 

I am pleased to confirm that Harborough District Council is proactively supporting residents in the cost-of-living crisis by keeping its portion of council tax the same for 2023/24. This demonstrates that we are fully committed to financial sustainability and resilience to enable community investment across the Harborough district.

We're pleased to share exciting news that brand new EV chargepoints and the expansion of EV car clubs will benefit local communities. The council are due to receive £1.1million of government funding to increase charging infrastructure across Harborough and Leicestershire.

Harborough District Council has led on the £2.2million collaborative project called Flex D in a funding bid to expand electric vehicle charging.

The Coronation will soon be here so do check our dedicated web pages if you're planning to hold celebrations locally.

Commonwealth Day is on 14 March and the Union Flag will flying at The Symington Building to celebrate this.

We're proud to host the Go Green business event in Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground on 21 March'23. The council is offering a park and ride option to the event from Lutterworth and Market Harborough.

Cllr Phil King

Grant Funding Boosts Community Spirit

Community Grant Funding Success in Harborough District

In this video we hear from two community groups, in Great Easton and Market Harborough, about how they have benefitted from grant funding support. 

Funding known as Section 106 (S106) can be used to develop and / or improve community facilities and various open spaces.

This funding has been secured through a planning obligation request which is a deed or agreement attached to the land that is the subject of a planning permission. Contributions secured through planning obligations are used to mitigate or compensate for the negative impacts of a development.

Find out more about how to apply or tell us how S106 funding has helped your local projects by emailing details to: 


Coronation Celebrations

There will be celebrations throughout the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world as communities come together to reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.

An extra bank holiday will take place across the UK to mark the Coronation of King Charles III. It will fall on Monday 8 May 2023, two days after the ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

The bank holiday will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the Coronation.

Planning on having a street party to celebrate the event?

Please tell us about your Coronation event and find advice in Harborough district using our event toolkit.

You will need to apply to Leicestershire County Council if you want to close your street/road to traffic. 

All fees associated with the legal application have been waived for The King's Coronation and the application time reduced to 5 weeks, please note this is ONLY for The King's Coronation and does not apply to other events.

If you wish to apply for a road closure or any other restrictions the last date for submission is Friday 31 March 2023. Applications after this date may not be able to be fulfilled.

Further Government advice on road closures for street parties can be found here;

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:

Debt Can Happen To Anyone

Debt awareness week is 20-26 March'23.

Reports show that new groups of people are reaching out for debt related advice as the cost of living crisis hits people who previously may not have experienced financial difficulty.

It is important to realise that debt can happen to anyone. 

You don't need to struggle on your own with debt worries. There is help available for everyone. 

Find free, confidential, debt advice, including consolidation of debts,credit card repayments,benefits calculator and more at Step Change, the UK's leading charity on debt support.

You can find local warm spaces in the Harborough district, as well as mental health support, energy advice, and help with home insulation, domestic abuse, housing, and more on our cost of living page.


Community Comes Together to Support Greener Travel


Harborough District Council has teamed up with Leicester-based Green Fox Community Energy Co-operative (Green Fox) and residents of Tilton on the Hill to develop the county’s first rural electric car club.

Tilton on the Hill, which has no public transport, school or doctors’ surgery will benefit from two electric cars as pool cars from Green Fox which the community can book to hire out when needed.

The village will also benefit from two double EV charging points located at the village hall which the council has funded and which will allow up to four electric cars to be charged at a time.

This exciting and forward-thinking project is being developed now and is due to launch in March 2023 so we look forward to sharing more details about this joint community venture soon!


Support Fair Trade  

Fairtrade Fortnight is taking place from 27 February to 12 March 2023.

Did you know coffee, bananas and chocolate could soon be much more difficult to find on our shelves?

Climate change is making crops like these harder to grow. Combined with unfair trade, communities growing these crops are being pushed to the brink.

A fair income for farmers and workers is vital, so they can keep farming and can afford to invest in adapting to the worsening climate and economic crises. 

Making the small switch to buying Fairtrade supports producers in protecting the future of some of our most-loved food and the planet. 

The Fairtrade Foundation has information about Fairtrade and is running virtual events with farmers, that you can sign up to.

Locally the Market Harborough Fairtrade Group is hosting a Fair Trade breakfast and coffee morning on 11 March'23 from 9am - 12 noon at Market Harborough Methodist Church.


It’s never too late to quit and feel the benefits of better health – that's the message to smokers ahead of No Smoking Day on 8 March 2023.

From reducing the risk of at least 16 cancers, stroke, COPD & dementia, a smoker's health improves from the moment of quitting. An average smoker who quits will also save an average of £2,450 per year.

Find resources to help you stop smoking today and support you on the route to a healthier future.

Closing soon: Housing enforcement policies survey

It's not too late to have your say about The Council's plans to update the private sector housing enforcement policy and financial penalties.

The consultation will close on Wednesday 8 March 2023.

DrinkSafe Anti-Spiking Campaign Launch

Leicestershire Police are launching a new DrinkSafe Anti-Spiking campaign. 

Leicestershire Police take violence against women and girls extremely seriously and as such has a framework in place to increase action against dangerous perpetrators, build women’s trust and confidence and help make spaces safer for all women.

The campaign is set to be launched across the district in support of preventing violence against women and girls. Anti-spiking drink toppers funded by the Harborough District Community Safety Partnership and the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office will be distributed to licenses premises across the district, alongside with key safety information.

This project will educate people around the offence of spiking and prevent offending and will hopefully go some way to provide reassurance to women around Leicestershire with regards to the positive action being taken to make safer spaces for women.

Careers and Business Events Across Harborough District

Harborough Job Fair

Come Along to Harborough Job Fair on Tuesday 14 March 2023 from 3pm - 6pm at The Symington Building in Market Harborough.

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!     


Cox Automotive Open Day

Visit the Cox Automotive open day at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground to find out what local opportunities are available to you across a variety of business areas.

Early career opportunities are available including apprenticeship and trainee options!

This event is open to everyone, whether you are employed, unemployed, in training or education, or are returning to work after time away.

👉Monday 6 March 2023. 11:30am - 1:30pm or 4:30pm - 6:30pm. Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, Bruntingthorpe, Lutterworth, LE17 5QS

Go Green Business Event

The Harborough Go Green Business Convention is back for a second year to enable companies across the Harborough district to share ideas, tools, and resources to help them become more environmentally friendly.

The free event takes place at The Collaboration Centre, on Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, on Tuesday 21 March 2023, from 9.15am to 3pm. The council is offering a park and ride option to the event from both main towns, Lutterworth and Market Harborough. Complimentary food and refreshments provided. 

Book your space now!

👉Find job opportunities, 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! 


Harborough Elections - A Reminder

Elections are taking place on 4 May 2023 for all seats on Harborough District Council and for parishes within the area.

For the first time, residents in the Harborough district will need to show photographic identification to vote at this year’s local elections at polling stations.

Find out more information online, email or call the Harborough District Council Elections Team on 01858 821372.


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