More than £640,000 given out to local projects

Published Thursday 3 October 2019

A diverse range of community projects have received a welcome financial boost – totalling more than £640,000 – thanks to the district council.

Harborough District Council agreed, on 3 October 2019, to allocate the funding to a number of exciting projects across the district.

The projects are benefiting from Section 106 money which is provided by developers for community projects and social infrastructure in locations where development has taken place.

Those projects which have successfully applied for funding are:

  • Robert Smyth Academy – £370,000 for a full size floodlit artificial grass pitch for the Market Harborough Hockey Club and other sports.  
  • Lutterworth Tennis Club – £120,000 for  a new Tennis Dome to cover two courts to provide all year round tennis
  • Broughton Astley  Parish Council – £50,141 towards  the major new leisure centre facility
  • Fleckney Village Hall – £48,555 for the full re-model and refurbishment of washroom facilities  
  • Houghton Bowls Club - £37,000 for the renovation and extension of the bowling green .Michael rickman
  • Kibworth Joint Recreational Committee – £18,750 for the replacement of current, run-down fencing with steel railings and gates including new seating areas and bike racks. 

Councillor Michael Rickman (pictured), Harborough District Council’s Cabinet member for communities, said: “This is another significant amount of money which will make a huge positive impact on local projects with benefits to residents across the whole of the district. Since 2015 we have allocated approximately £1.6m from Section 106 grants; this round takes it to over £2million – with much more to come.”

Organisations from areas with Section 106 funding are invited to submit grant applications. Details of these areas are available on the council's website at