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Community Councils have a wide range of powers and duties.

 

Duties: A duty is an activity that must be carried out, for example local councils must appoint a chairperson and a Clerk & RFO.
Powers: Statutory powers, granted by Parliament give local councils the choice or opportunity to take action and are therefore discretionary.
The powers which have been vested in Town and Community Councils in Wales by Acts of Parliament are detailed in the table below.
 

 

Type Function Action Act of Parliament
Duty Accounts Duty to appoint a Responsible Financial Officer to manage the council’s accounts Local Government Act (LGA) 1972, section 151
Duty Acceptance of office Duty to sign declaration of acceptance of office (councillors and chairman) LGA 1972, section 83
Power Agency arrangements Power to arrange for the discharge of functions by another local authority LGA 1972, section 101
Power Allotments Power to provide allotments duty to provide allotment gardens if demand exist Smallholdings and Allotments Act 1908, subsections 23, 26 and 42
Power Baths and washhouses Power to provide public baths and washhouses Public Health Act 1936, subsections 221-223, 227
Power Borrowing Power to borrow money for statutory functions LGA 1972, Sch 13
Power Burial grounds, cemeteries and crematoria Power to acquire and maintain Open Spaces Act 1906, subsections 9 and 10
Power to provide LGA 1972, section 214
Power to agree to maintain memorials and monuments Parish Councils and Burial Authorities (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1970, s 1
Power to contribute to expenses of maintaining cemeteries LGA1972, section 214(6)
Power Bus shelters Power to provide and maintain bus shelters Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1953, section 4
Power Byelaws Power to make byelaws for public walks and pleasure grounds Public Health Act 1875, section 164
Cycle parks Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, section 57(7)
Baths and Washhouses Public Health Act, 1936, section 233
Open spaces and burial grounds Open Spaces Act, 1906, section 15
Power Charities Power to appoint trustees of parochial charities Charities Act 1993, section 79
Power Christmas lights Power to provide to attract visitors LGA 1972, section 144
Power Citizens advice bureau Power to support LGA 1972, section 142
Power Clocks Power to provide public clocks Parish Councils Act 1957, section 2
Power Closed churchyards Power (and sometimes duty) to maintain LGA 1972, section 215
Power Commons and common pastures Powers in relation to enclosure, regulation and management, and providing common pasture In closure Act 1845; Local Government Act 1894, section 8(4); Smallholdings and Allotments Act 1908, section 34
Power Community centres Power to provide and equip community buildings LGA 1972, section 133
Power to provide buildings for use of clubs having athletic, social or educational objectives Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, section 19
Power Conference Facilities Power to provide and encourage the use conference facilities LGA 1997, section 144
Power Consultation Right to be consulted by principal councils if directed by Secretary of State (England) or by Welsh Assembly (Wales) Local Government and Rating Act 1997, section 21; LGA 1972, section 33A
Power Crime prevention Power to spend money on various crime prevention measures Local Government and Rating Act 1997, section 31
Power Drainage Power to deal with ditches and ponds Public Health Act 1936, section 260
Power Entertainment and the Arts Provision of entertainment and support for the arts including festivals and celebrations LGA 1972, section 145
Power Flagpoles Power to erect flagpoles in the highways Highways Act 1980, section 144
Power Free Resource Power to incur expenditure not otherwise authorised on anything which in the council’s opinion is in the interests of the area or part of it or all or some of the inhabitants Local Government Act 2000 sub section 1-5 – The power of well-being may be used to provide financial assistance to individuals if the council agrees it will enhance social and economic well-being but cannot be used to raise money.

 Section 137 must not be used if the power of well-being can be used.

The annual expenditure must not exceed the total electorate multiplied by the annual statutory limit per elector.

The annual statutory limit for 2020/2021 is £8.32.

The electorate for 2020/2021 is 6,491

Llanharan Community Council’s statutory annual expenditure limit for 2020/2021 is £54,005.12

Power Gifts Power to accept gifts LGA 1972, section 139
Power Highways Power to maintain footpaths and bridleways Highways Act 1980, subsections 43 and 50
Power to light roads and public places Parish Councils Act 1957, section 3
Power to provide parking places for vehicles, bicycles and motor-cycles Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, section 57
Power to make a dedication agreement for a new highway or widening of an existing highway Highways Act 1980, subsections 30 and 72
Right to veto application to magistrates court to stop up, divert or cease to maintain a public highway Highways Act 1980, subsections 47 and 116
Power to complain to a local highway authority that a highway is unlawfully stopped up or obstructed Highways Act 1908, section 130
Power to plant trees etc. and maintain roadside verges Highways Act 1980, section 96
Power to prosecute for unlawful ploughing of a footpath or bridleway Highways Act 1980, section 134
Power to provide traffic signs and other notices Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, section 72
Duty Interests Duty to declare an interest LGA 1972, section 94
Power Investments Power to participate in schemes of collective investment Trustee Act 1961, section 11
Power Land Power to acquire land by agreement, to appropriate land and to dispose of land LGA 1972, subsections 124, 126 and 127
Power to acquire land by compulsory purchase LGA 1972, section 125
Power to accept gifts of land LGA 1972, section 139
Power to obtain particulars of persons interested in land Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, section 16
Power Lighting Power to light roads and public places Parish Councils Act 1957, section .3 and Highways Act 1980, section 301
Power Litter Power to provide litter bins in streets and public places Litter Act 1983, subsections 5 and 6
Power Lotteries Power to promote lotteries Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976, section 7
Duty Meetings Duty to hold annual general meeting LGA 1972, Schedule 12
Power Meetings Power to convene a parish meeting LGA 1972, Schedule 12 paragraph 14
Power Mortuaries and post-mortem rooms Power to provide mortuaries and post-mortem rooms Public Health Act 1936, section 198
Power Newsletters Power to provide information relating to matters affecting local government LGA 1972, section 142
Power Nuisances Power to deal with offensive ponds, ditches and gutters Public Health Act 1936, section 260
Power Open Spaces Power to acquire and maintain open spaces Public Health Act 1875, section 164
Open Spaces Act 1906, subsections 9, 10
Power Community documents Power to give directions as to custody of Community documents LGA 1972, section 226
Power Parking facilities Power to provide parking places for motor vehicles and bicycles Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, subsections 57 and 63
Power Parks and pleasure grounds Power to acquire land or to provide recreation grounds, public walks, pleasure grounds and open spaces and to manage and control them Public Health Act 1875, section 164; LGA 1972 Schedule 14 paragraph 27; Public Health Acts Amendment Act 1890 section 44
Power Public buildings and village halls Power to provide buildings for offices and for public meetings and assemblies LGA 1972, section 133
Power Public conveniences Power to provide public conveniences Public Health Act 1936, section 87
Power Publicity Power to provide information about matters affecting local government LGA 1972, section 142
Power Records Power to collect, exhibit and purchase local records Local Government (Records) Act 1962, subsections 1 and 2
Power Recreation Power to provide a wide range of recreational facilities Open Spaces Act 1906, section 9-10, Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, section 19
Provision of boating pools Public Health Act 1961, section 54
Power Seats and shelters Power to provide roadside seats and shelters Parish Councils Act 1957, section 1
Power Town and Country planning Right to be notified of planning applications Town and Country Planning Act 1990, paragraph 8 of Schedule 1; paragraph 2 of Schedule 1A (Wales)
Power Town status Power to adopt town status LGA 1972, subsections 245 and 245B
Power Tourism Power to contribute to encouragement of Tourism LGA 1972, section 144
Power Traffic calming Power to contribute to the cost of traffic calming measures Highways Act 1980, section 274A
Power Transport Power to (a) establish car-sharing schemes; (b) make grants for bus services; (c) provide taxi-fare concessions; (d) investigate public transport, road use needs; (e) provide information about public transport services Local Government and Rating Act 1997, section 26, Transport Act 1985, section 106A
Power Village signs Power to use decorative signs to inform visitors LGA 1972, section 144
Power Village greens Power to maintain, to make bylaws for and to prosecute for interference with village greens Open Spaces Act 1906, section 15; Inclosure Act 1857, section 12; Commons Act 1876, section 29
Power War memorials Power to maintain, repair and protect war memorials War Memorials (Local Authorities Powers) Act 1923, section 1 as extended by LGA 1948, section 133
Power Water supply Power to utilise any well, spring or stream to provide facilities for obtaining water from them Public Health Act 1936, section 125
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