Powers and duties of the Parish Council

Powers to provide allotments.
Duty to provide allotment gardens if demand unsatisfied.
Small Holdings Act 1908 ss23,26 & 42
ArchivesPower to make records held available to the public and to support local archivesLocal Government Records Act 1962 ss1 & 4
Baths & WashousesPower to provide public baths and washhousesPublic Health Act 1936 ss221, 222, 223 & 227
Burial Grounds, Cemeteries and CrematoriaPower to acquire and maintainOpen Spaces Act 1906 ss9 & 10 Local Government Act 1972 s214
 Power to provide
Power to agree to maintain monuments and memorials
Parish Councils and Burial Authorities (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1970 s1
 Power to contribute towards expenses of cemeteriesLocal Government Act 1972 s214 (6)
Bus SheltersPower to provide and maintain sheltersLocal Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1953 s4
Bye LawsPowers to make Bye Laws in regards to pleasure groundsPublic Health Act 1875 s164
 Cycle ParksRoad Traffic Regulation Act 1984 s57
 Baths and WashhousesPublic Health Act 1936 s223
 Open Spaces and Burial GroundsOpen Spaces Act 1906 ss12 & 15
 Mortuaries and Post-Mortem RoomsPublic Health Act 1936 c198
Car Sharing SchemesPower to establish, maintain and assist othersLocal Government and Rating Act 1997 s26
CharitiesDuty to receive accounts of parochial charitiesCharities Act 1960 s32
ClocksPower to provide public clocksParish Councils Act 1957 s2
Closed ChurchyardsPowers as to maintenanceLocal Government Act 1972 s215
Commons and Common PasturesPowers in relation to enclosure, as to regulation and management, and as to providing common pastureEnclosure Act 1845;
Local Government Act 1894 s8(4);
Smallholdings & Allotmentst Act 1908 s34;
Commons Act 1899
Conference FacilitiesPower to provide and encourage the use of facilitiesLocal Government Act 1972 s144
Community CentresPower to provide and equip buildings for use of clubs having athletic, social or educational objectivesLocal Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 s19
Delegated FunctionsPower to assume a function delegated by another authorityLocal Government Act 1972 ss101, 111 & 112
 Power to ensure effective discharge of Council functionsas above
 Power to employ persons to carry out Council functionsas above
 Power to deal with ponds/ditches, agreements with landowners and with English Nature to manage Council-owned reserve land as a nature reservePublic Health Act 1936 s260
Legal ProceedingsPower to prosecute or defendLocal Government Act 1972 s222
Listed BuildingsPower to contribute to the preservation of historic buildingsEssex Act 1987 s48
LitterProvision of receptaclesLitter Act 1983 ss5.6
LotteriesPower to promoteLotteries & Amusements Act 1976 s7
NuisancesPower to deal with offensive ditchesPublic Health Act 1936 s260
Open SpacesPower to acquire land and maintainPublic Health Act 1975 s164; Open Spaces Act 1906 ss9 & 10; Commons Act 1899
Parish Property and RecordsPowers to direct as to their custodyLocal Government Act 1972 s226
PlanningRight to be notified of and power to respond to planning applicationsTown & Country Planning Act 1990 s1 ss8;
Local Government Act 1972 s15 ss20
Postal and telecommunications facilitiesPower to pay the Post Office, British Telecommunications or any other public telecommunications operator any loss sustained in providing post or telegraph office or telecommunications facilities
Post Office Cat 1953 s51;
Telecommunications Act 1984 s97
Public Buildings and Village HallsPower to providePublic Health Act 1936 s87
Public ConveniencesPower to provideas above
Public EnquiriesPower to make representations at public enquiriesLocal Government Act 1982 s222
Publicise FunctionsPowers to publicise council and local authority functionsLocal Government Act 1982 s142
Raising of FinancesPower to raise money through the preceptLocal Government Act 1982 s150
RecreationPower to acquire land for or to provide recreation grounds, public walks, pleasure grounds and open spaces and to manage and control themPublic Health Act 1875 s164; Local Government Act 1972 s14 ss27; Public Health Acts Amendments Acts 1890 s44; Open Spaces Act 1906 ss9 & 10; Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 s19; Commons Act 1899
 Power to provide gymnasiums, playing fields and holiday campsas above
 Provision of boating poolsPublic Health Act 1961 s54
Taxi Fare ConcessionsPower to reimburse operatorLocal Government and Rating Act 1997 s28
TourismPower to contribute to organisations encouragingLocal Government Act 1972 s144
Transport and TrafficPower to conduct surveys to establish the transport needs of the community, the use of and need for roads and the management and control of trafficLocal Government and Rating Act 1997 s29
 Power to collect and disseminate passenger transport information and make grants for bus servicesLocal Government and Rating Act 1997 s29 (2) 27
 Powers to contribute financially to traffic calming schemesLocal Government and Rating Act 1997 s26
TrainingPowers to train CouncillorsLocal Government Act 1972 s175
TransportPowers to spend money on community transport schemesLocal Government and Rating Act 1997 ss26-29
War MemorialsPower to maintain, repair and adapt war memorialsWar Memorials (Local Authorities Powers) Act 1923 s1; as extended by Local Government Act 1948 s123
Water SupplyPowers to utilise well, spring or stream and to provide facilities for obtaining water there fromPublic Health Act 1936 s125


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