Information about council services

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we may need to make changes to some of our services at times and will be updating this page regularly.

We thank you for your understanding at this time.


Customer services

Please search our website where you will find lots of information about our services; how to apply, report and pay for services and lots more. 

You can also contact our customer services team on or by calling 01858 828282.

Our Customer Service Centre at The Symington Building in Market Harborough is closed and all appointments have been suspended. 

Please avoid visiting our offices during this time – thank you.


Leisure centres

In line with the national lockdown, Market Harborough Leisure Centre and Lutterworth Sports Centre are closed.

View more on the websites here – Harborough Leisure Centre and Lutterworth Sports Centre and on social media.


Public toilets

Public toilets are available at the Commons car park in Market Harborough.

Opening times will be between 8:30am – 5:30pm, Monday to Sunday. Soap/water is provided inside for handwashing.

Public toilets at Little Bowden Recreation Ground and Welland Park are also open.


Parks, play areas, and skate parks

All Harborough District Council-owned play areas and skate parks are open - with site guidance and social distancing signage in place.

Residents are urged to use the play areas and skate parks responsibly, by observing the site guidance, including social distancing and good hygiene (eg. using personal hand sanitisers). Sites will also be patrolled to ensure they are being used correctly.

Parks and open spaces in the district remain open.

Multi-use games areas (MUGAs), owned by the Council, are closed.

Tennis courts are closed.

Outdoor gyms are closed.

Some benches have been closed off.


Harborough Farmers' Market

Farmers' markets do not take place in January.

The Farmers' Market in February will not take place following feedback from traders.


Harborough Market

In line with current Government restrictions, Harborough Market General Hall is closed until further notice.

Harborough Market Food Hall is open Tuesday to Saturday, 8am to 3pm, with 2m social distancing measures, controlled admittance, managed queues, a one way system and hand sanitisers in place.


Parking charges

Car parking charges apply at all Council-run car parks in the Harborough district and parking regulations are in force.

You do not have to enter your registration number at pay and display machines.


Coronavirus and Council Tax Support 

In light of the current situation with the Coronavirus outbreak, the Government has recognised that some individuals may struggle to meet their council tax instalments and have provided Councils with a grant to support those working age customers who are in receipt of council tax support.

Due to this Government grant, council tax liability will be reduced by a maximum payment of £150 (if your bill is less than £150 your liability will be reduced to nil). This payment will automatically be allocated to your Council Tax bill provided you are in receipt of council tax support and are of working age.


Household recycling and waste sites (tips)

Household recycling and waste sites (tips), run by Leicestershire County Council are open.

Leicestershire County Council says people should only visit if it is essential though and only by appointment, with a booking system still in place.

People wishing to visit a waste site are reminded that all information about the types of waste accepted at each site, as well as links to the booking system, is available at


Leicestershire County Council - coronavirus updates

Leicestershire County Council - updates and information about local museums, libraries, highways and weddings/registrars.


Town / Parish Councils

Leicestershire & Rutland Association of Local Councils (LRALC) - information for parish and town councils