Rye Town Council

Powers



Parish/Town councils can act only if they have the legal power to do so – that is, when a specific Act of Parliament allows it.

In practice there are few activities a parish council cannot undertake – however, if a specific power does not appear to exist section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972 gives a local council the power to do anything that will benefit, wholly or partly, the community. The expenditure must be commensurate with the benefit to the community and there is an annual limit of £6.15 (2009-10) per elector.

Local councils have specific powers (and a very limited number of duties) in relation to:

Allotments

Baths and washhouses

Burial grounds, cemeteries & crematoria

Bus shelters

Bye laws

Charities

Christmas lights

Citizens Advice Bureaux

Clocks

Closed churchyards

Commons & common pastures

Conference facilities

Community centres

Crime prevention

Drainage

Entertainment & the arts

Gifts

Highways

Investments

Land

Litter

Lotteries

Mortuaries and post mortem rooms

Newsletters

Nuisances

Open spaces

Parish property & documents

Public buildings and village hall

Public conveniences

Parks & pleasure grounds

Recreation

Town & Country Planning

Tourism

Traffic calming

Transport

Village signs

War memorials

Water supply

For further details – including relevant Acts of Parliament – click here.