Services we Provide

These are the Services, Powers and Duties that we provide in and around the Parish

Parish councils have the power to precept (tax) their residents to support their operations and to carry out local projects. Although there is no limit to the amount that can be precepted, the money can only be raised for a limited number of purposes, defined in the 1894 Act and subsequent legislation. The “General Power of Competence” is a new power awarded in 2012 to eligible councils, and is described later in this article. The exercise of powers is at the discretion of the council, but they are legally obliged to exercise duties.

Duty to provide facilities

  • Allotments – Duty to consider providing allotment gardens if demand unsatisfied.

Powers to provide facilities

Waddesdon Parish council provides some of these facilities directly, and some we contribute towards their provision by others or contractors. This list is not exhaustive but some of the services we provide include the following:

  • Support and encouragement of arts and crafts
  • Provision of village halls
  • Provision and maintenance of recreation grounds, parks, children’s play areas, playing fields and swimming baths
  • Provision and maintenance of cemeteries and crematoria
  • Maintenance of closed churchyards
  • Cleaning and drainage of ponds, watercourses and ditches
  • Control of litter
  • Creation and maintenance of footpaths and bridleways
  • Provision of cycle and motorcycle parking
  • Acquisition and maintenance of rights of way
  • Provision and maintenance of public clocks
  • Maintenance of war memorials
  • Encouragement of tourism

We also provide the following, subject to the consent of the county council or unitary authority of the area in which they lie:

  • Bus shelters
  • Signposting of footpaths
  • Lighting of footpaths
  • Off-street car parks
  • Provision, maintenance and protection of roadside verges

Representative powers

We must be notified by the district or county council of:

  • All planning applications in their areas
  • Intention to provide a burial ground in the parish
  • Proposals to carry out sewerage works
  • Footpath and bridleway (more generally, ‘rights of way’) surveys
  • Intention to make by-laws in relation to hackney carriages, music and dancing, promenades, sea shore and street naming

Miscellaneous powers

We also exercise the following powers:

  • Creation of a neighbourhood plan
  • Guardianship of common land
  • Withholding of consent to stop up unclassified highways and footpaths
  • Appointing trustees of local charities

 

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