The Powers of a Parish Council

Function Power / Duty
Allotments Powers to provide allotments.

Duty to consider providing allotment gardens if demand unsatisfied.

Baths & wash houses Power to provide
Burial grounds,  cemeteries & crematoria Power to acquire, provide and maintain shelters,

Power to agree to maintain monuments & memorials,

Power to contribute towards expenses

 Bus shelters Power to provide & maintain shelters
 Bye laws Powers to provide bye laws for:
  • Pleasure grounds

  • Cycle parks

  • Baths & wash houses

  • Open spaces & burial grounds

Charities Duties regarding parochial charities
Christmas lights Power to provide to attract visitors
Citizens advice bureau Power to support
Clocks Power to provide public clocks
Closed churchyards Powers to maintain
Conference facilities Power to provide and encourage use
Community centres Power to provide and equip community buildings

Power to provide buildings for use of clubs having athletic, social or educational objectives

Crime prevention Powers to spend money on various crime prevention measures
Drainage Power to deal with ponds & ditches
Entertainment & the Arts Provision of entertainment and support of the arts including festivals and celebrations
Gifts Power to accept

Power to repair and maintain public footpaths & bridle-ways

Power to provide roadside seats & shelters

Power to complain to district councils regarding protection of rights of way and roadside wastes

Power to provide traffic signs and other notices

Power to plant trees etc. and to maintain

Investments Power to participate in schemes of collective investment
Land Power to acquire by agreement, to appropriate, to dispose of land

Power to accept gifts of land

 Litter Provision of receptacles
 Lotteries Powers to promote

Mortuaries & post mortem rooms

Powers to provide mortuaries and post mortum rooms
Newsletters Power to provide information relating to matters affecting local government

Power to deal with offensive ditches

Open spaces

Powerto acquire land & maintain

Parish property & documents Powers to direct as to their custody
Postal & telecommunications facilities  Power to pay public telecommunications operators any loss sustained providing post or telegraph office or telecommunication facilities
Public buildings & village halls Power to provide buildings for offices and for public meetings and assemblies
Public conveniences  Power to provide
Parks & pleasure grounds Power to acquire land or to provide recreation grounds, public walks, pleasure grounds and open spaces and to manage and control them
Recreation Power to provide a wide range of recreational facilities

Provision of boating pools

Town & Country planning

Right to be notified of planning applications
Tourism Power to contribute to organisations encouraging tourism
Traffic calming Powers to contribute financially to traffic calming schemes
Transport Powers to spend money on community transport schemes
Village signs Power to use decorative signs to inform visitors
War memorials Power to maintain, repairs, protect and adapt war memorials

Water supply

Power to use well spring or stream and to provide facilities for obtaining water therefrom