Information about council services

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Government has announced a second national lockdown from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020.

We are working hard to protect our staff and residents in Harborough District. Our priorities are supporting our most vulnerable residents and maintaining our essential services.

We will need to make changes to some of our services and postpone some meetings and events 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 during the lockdown. 

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


Leisure centres

Market Harborough Leisure Centre and Lutterworth Sports Centre are closed.

There is an option for the public to pay £9.99 for online sessions and classes.

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.


Tennis courts, football and bowls

Tennis courts in Welland Park, owned by the Council, will be closed during lockdown.

Football clubs and bowls clubs facilities will be closed.


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 installed.

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

Residents are urged to use the play areas, MUGAs 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.


Harborough Market

Harborough Indoor Market’s Food Hall is open, but the General Market (non-essential stalls) are closed.

Some essential household goods will be available in the food hall.

In line with Government guidance, social distancing measures are in place including:

  • a one-way system with controlled admittance via St Mary’s Place
  • sanitiser stations at the entrance
  • clear 2m floor markings

Opening hours for the Food Hall are 8am to 3pm.


Harborough Farmers Market

The Farmers Market will continue to take place monthly on the first Thursday of each month on The Square in Market Harborough from 9am to 3pm – with safety measures in place.

During the farmers’ market The Square will be fenced to create a one-in, one-out queuing system at entry, with hand sanitiser stations in place.

Sit down seating will not be available, and shoppers are asked not to touch produce without buying and are encouraged to pay by card.


Trade waste

The Council’s trade waste service for businesses will continue.


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 to stay open during lockdown.

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