More than £710,000 given out to local projects

Published Monday 3 February 2020

A diverse range of projects, bringing health, sporting and heritage benefits, have received a welcome financial boost thanks to the district council.

Harborough District Council agreed, on 29 January 2020, 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:

  • The Hub at Scraptoft – £536,108 to increase the size of the hall and create a new kitchen, lounge area and storage areas
  • Kibworth Cricket Club – £60,000 to create a pavilion for ladies, juniors and disability cricket. Floor space will be more than doubled providing larger dressing rooms with toilets and showers. The kitchen will be expanded and will include storage space. The social space will double in size. The spectator viewing patio will also increase in capacity and the score box will be replaced by a digital one
  • Robert Smyth Academy – £50,000 to refurbish four netball / tennis courts including floodlighting on three courts for school and community use. Anchor points been have added to accommodate a future dome for indoor sports
  • Kibworth Joint recreation Committee – £26,860 to create a multi-use games area on the site of the former skate park area at Warwick Road Recreation Ground.
  • Aylestone St. James RFC, Scraptoft – £20,000 to upgrade the clubhouse facilities and development of the roof space
  • Lutterwoth Cemetery – £18,254 to provide railings for Lutterworth Cemetery

Michael rickmanCouncillor Michael Rickman (pictured), Harborough District Council’s Cabinet member for communities, said: “This is a sizeable amount of money which will make a huge positive impact to help create and support infrastructure in areas where housing has been developed. We will endeavour to make sure that areas that take development continue to benefit in this way.”

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