Note: Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 – restrictions on nesting birds
No dates are legally stated between which hedges cannot be trimmed, cut, laid or coppiced, but the main bird breeding season is recognised as being between 1 March and 31 July. https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1981/69
Power to participate in schemes of collective investment
Power to obtain particulars of persons interested in land
Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976,s 16
Power to acquire land for or to provide recreation grounds, public walks, pleasure grounds and open spaces and to manage and control them
Public Health Act 1875, s16; Local Government Act 1972, Sched. 14, para 27; Public Health Acts Amendment Act 1980, s44; Open Spaces Act 1906, ss 9 and 10; Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, s19
Power to light roads and public places
Parish Councils Act 1957, s Highways Act 1980, s 301
Litter* and dog fouling
Provision of receptacles Obliged to keep own land free of litter and dog faces
Power to designate statutory to the nature reserves and marine nature reserves – English Nature can designate sites of specific scientific interest
Powers to make management agreements with landowners and the English Nature to manage council-owned reserve land as a nature reserve
National Parks and Access Countryside Act 1949, ss 15, 16 and 21;
The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1982, ss 36 and 39 and Sched.12
Power to deal with offensive ditches, ponds and gutters
Public Health Act 1936, s 260
Power to publish information about the council, its services and the services provided in the council’s area by other local authorities, government departments, charities and other voluntary organisations.
Power to (a) establish car sharing schemes (b) make grants for bus services, (c) provide taxi-fare concessions; (d) investigate public transport, road use and needs; (e) provide information about public transport services Community Transport Schemes
Where a function is marked with an asterisk *. A council also has the power to give financial assistance to another person or body performing the same function.
NB: Please note that this is a guide to the powers and duties of Parish Councils and does not necessarily represent a comprehensive list of all powers and duties.
Where there is no specific power, the council may consider S137 of The Local Government Act 1972 for projects that would benefit the community, subject to limitations of S137 on amounts and benficiaries.