Windlesham Parish Council

Windlesham Parish Council

 
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All the powers which have been vested in Parish, Town and Community Councils by Acts of Parliament are summarised here. Each description is brief and is intended to be a general indication. Like all powers given to public bodies the powers of local councils are defined in detail in legislation and these details may include a requirement to obtain the consent of another body (for example the approval of the County Council for the provision of a car park). Local Councils must exercise their powers within the provisions of the general law (for example planning permission is necessary for a sports pavilion). Information on all these details should be in the hands of the Clerks of the Councils.

The powers are listed alphabetically. Where a power is marked with an asterisk the council may, in addition to exercising the power itself, help another body to act by giving financial assistance.

  • Allotments: Provision and maintenance of allotments for cultivation.
    • Windlesham Parish council provides 53 allotments at Hook Mill lnae on the boundary of Lightwater and Windlesham.
  • Allowances for councillors - power to pay councillors allowances.
    • Windlesham Parish councillors can currently claim a maximum of £1,000 p.a. each to reimburse their expenses. Councillors are not otherwise paid.
  • Ancillary Power (LGA s111) - power to do anything that will facilitate, be conducive to or incidential to the discharge of its powers or functions.
    • This power generally covers administrative expenses but also the annual Community Reception - held to thank volunteers.
  • Bands and Orchestras - power to maintain a band or orchestra and power to charge for admission.
  • Bicycle & Motorcycle parking places - power to provide and maintain parking places for bicycles and motor cycles in the Parish; power to provide stands or racks for bicycles and motorcycles in the Parish; power to make byelaws for the use of and charging of parking places.
    • Windlesham Parish Council provides a cycle rack in Windlesham village centre.
  • Boating Pools - power to provide a boating pool in a park managed by the council; power to charge a reasonable amount for its use.
  • Borrowing money. The Council must obtain loan sanction consent before borrowing.
  • Burial grounds and cemeteries - power to provide and maintain open space or burial ground in or outside of the council's area; power to maintain for payment a monument or memorial on a private grave in tehcouncil's area; power to provide and maintain cemeteries in or outside the council's area; power to contribute towards teh maintenance of cemeteries where the inhabitants of teh council's area may be buried; power to grant rights of burial, to place and maintain tombstones or memorials on graves and to charge fees; power to make byelaws.
    • Windlesham Parish Council provides 3 cemeteries one in each of the villages; the only graves that we maintain for payment are War Commission Graves; we maintain all 3 cemeteries and grant the exclusive right of burial for 50 years including the right to place and maintain memorials. We also have byelaws to govern the use of the cemeteries (see cemetery regulations).
  • Bus Shelters - power to provide and maintain bus shelters on roads or ladn adjoining roads in the council's area.
    • We provide and maintain bus shelters at Updown Hill and Church Road in Windlesham; and on the London Road and A322 in Bagshot.
  • Byelaws - powers to make byelaws for specific areas.
    • The Council has byelaws in place for its open spaces and cemeteries.
  • Car parks (off road) - power to provide and maintain suitable off-road car parking places in the Parish to relieve or prevent traffic congestion or to preserve local amenities; power to regulate use of car parks and charge for thier use.
    • The Council provides a free to use car park at Lightwater Recreation Ground.
  • Clocks Provision and maintenance of public clocks, on churches or elsewhere.
  • Commons Power to protect any finally registered common which has no registered owner.
  • * Crime prevention installation of equipment and establishment of schemes for the detection or prevention of crime; making grants to the police authority for these purposes.
  • Entertainments Provision of any form of public entertainment and any premises for giving entertainments. (This includes maintaining bands or orchestras and providing for dancing.)
  • * Halls Provision of buildings for public meetings and functions, for indoor sports or physical recreation, or for the use of clubs or societies having recreational, social or athletic objects.
  • Legal Proceedings Power to prosecute and defend any legal proceedings in the interests of the inhabitants. Power to take part in any public local inquiry.
  • Lighting Provision and maintenance of any footway lighting which lights roads or pavements provided the columns are not above specified heights.
  • * Litter Provision of litterbins in streets and support for anti-litter campaigns.
  • Open Spaces Provision and maintenance of public open spaces, pleasure grounds and public walks.
  • Parking Places Provision and management of car and cycle parks.
  • Parks Provision and maintenance of public parks and appropriate facilities.
  • Planning Local councils have a right to be notified of any planning application affecting their area and to make comments which the planning authority must take into account.
  • * Playing Fields Provision and maintenance of land for any kind of outdoor recreation, including boating pools.
  • * Ponds Power to deal with ponds, pools, or other places containing filth or matter prejudicial to health.
  • Post and Telephone Power to guarantee the postal or telephone authorities against a loss on a facility.
  • Public Lavatories Provision and maintenance of public lavatories.
  • Rights of Way Maintenance of public footpaths and bridleways.
  • Roadside Verges Power to plant and maintain roadside verges.
  • * Seats Provision and maintenance of public seats on the highway.
  • * Shelters Provision and maintenance of shelters for general public use and also particularly for bus passengers.
  • Sign Power to erect signs that warn of dangers or announce a place name, or indicate a bus stop.
  • * Swimming Provision of indoor or outdoor swimming pools or bathing places.
  • * Tourism Provision of facilities for conferences and encouragement of recreational and business tourism.
  • Traffic calming contribution towards the cost of traffic calming works provided by highway authorities.
  • * Transport establishment of car-sharing and taxi fare concession schemes; making grants for community bus services and bus services for the elderly or disabled; investigation of public transport, road and traffic provision and needs; provision of information about public transport services.
  • * Village Green Powers to maintain the village or town green.

 

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