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What a parish council can do

A parish council can, if it decides to do so, provide a number of services. These are summarised in the table below.

Service or function What can a parish council do?
Allotments Provide allotments
Baths and washhouses Provide public baths and washhouses
Burial grounds, cemeteries and crematoria Acquire, maintain and provide burial grounds, cemeteries and crematoria. Maintain monuments and memorials and contribute towards the expenses of cemeteries
Bus shelters Provide and maintain bus shelters
Bye Laws Make bye-laws for pleasure grounds, cycle parks, baths and washhouses, open spaces, burial grounds, mortuaries and post-mortem rooms
Charities Receive accounts of parochial charities
Clocks Provide public clocks
Commons and common pastures Enclose, regulate and manage commons and provide common pasture
Conference facilities Provide and encourage the use of conference facilities
Communiy centres Provide and equip buildings for use by athletic, social or educational clubs
Crime prevention Spend money on various crime prevention measures
Drainage Deal with ponds and ditches
Education Appoint school governors
Entertainment and the arts Provide entertainment and support for the arts
Gifts Accept gifts
Highways Repair and maintain public footpaths and bridle-ways. Light roads and public places. Provide litter bins, parking places for vehicles, bicycles and motor-cycles, roadside seats and shelters, bus shelters, traffic signs and other notices. Plant trees and maintain roadside verges.
Investments Participate in collective investment schemes
Land Acquire, appropriate, dispose of and accept gifts of land
Litter Provide litter bins
Lotteries Promote lotteries
Mortuaries and post mortem rooms Provide mortuaries and post mortem rooms
Nuisances Deal with offensive ditches
Open spaces Acquire and maintain land used for open spaces
Parish property and documents Make decisions on the custody of parish of parish property and documents
Public conveniences Provide public conveniences
Recreation Acquire land for and provide recreation grounds, public walks, pleasure grounds and manage and control them. Provide gymnasiums, playing fields, holiday camps and boating pools.
Town and country planning Be notified of planning applications in the parish and submit comments on them to the district council.
Tourism Contribute to organisations encouraging tourism
Traffic calming Contribute financially to traffic calming schemes
Transport Spend money on community transport schemes
War memorials Maintain, repair, protect and adapt war memorials
Water supply Provide facilities for obtaining and utilising water from wells, springs or streams


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