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Powers of Ramsgate Town Council
There is a great deal of information about the powers that Ramsgate Town Council will have from the outset. The following is the statutory powers it will have from day 1.
Parish and town councils are at the grass roots of local community democracy and are the first tier of local government. Through increased government commitment and recognition by other organisations and key stakeholders, parish and town councils are now at the forefront of renewed community democracy.
Through partnership working with principal authorities and the opportunity to achieve Quality Status, parish and town councils can continue to develop their role, not just as the voice of local communities, but as a facilitator and provider of better services.
Over 150 new parish and town councils have been created since 1997 as communities all over the country take greater control over their local affairs and decisions that affect their lives.
POWERS THAT RAMSGATE TOWN COUNCIL WILL HAVE FROM THE 1ST APRIL 2009
Allotments Power to provide allotment gardens and duty to do so if demanded by local electors
Appointment of Officers Power to appoint officers to discharge any function of the parish council as directed by it, nearly always a parish clerk and sometimes a neighbourhood manager, linesmen, village sweeper and other workers
Bathing Places and Wash Houses - Power to provide swimming baths, public bathing places and wash houses (including laundrettes)
Burial Grounds, Cemeteries and Crematoria - Power to provide such grounds or facilities
Bus Stops and Shelters - Power to provide bus stops and shelters
Bye Laws - Power to enact bye laws regarding pleasure grounds, cycle parks, baths and wash houses, open spaces and mortuaries.
Charities Power to act as trustee of any parochial charities serving the parish and duty to receive the accounts of such charities
Clocks - Power to provide public clocks
Closed churchyards - Power to maintain closed churchyards
Commons - Power to regulate and maintain commons
Community Facilities - Power to provide such facilities for the use of local individuals, community groups and societies
Conference Facilities - Power to provide such facilities
Crime Prevention - Power to take steps to prevent crime, such as installing CCTV, requiring and paying for additional policing of the parish, installing burglar alarms and strong locks, and assisting neighbourhood watch schemes
Delivery of Local Authority Services Right to act as an agent for the local district or borough, county or unitary authority and deliver nearly any services or amenities that would otherwise be provided for the parish by that local authority
Drainage - Power to deal with ponds and ditches
Education - Power to appoint representation to the governing body of any primary school serving the parish
Entertainment and the Arts - Power to provide entertainments and support the arts
Free Resource - Power to spend a limited amount of money as set by the Secretary of State on anything the parish council deems to be of benefit for the parish or its inhabitants
Gifts - Power to accept gifts on behalf of the parish
Highways - Power to maintain public footpaths, light roads and public places, provide litter bins, provide parking for vehicles, to acquire rights of way, provide traffic signs and other notices, and to give or withhold consent as to the stopping up or diversion of any public highway
Investments - Power to participate in schemes of collective investment
Land - Power to compulsory purchase land in certain circumstances and to establish new rights of way
Litter - Power to provide litter bins and similar facilities
Lotteries - Power to provide a lottery within the parish
National Parks - Right to have representation appointed onto the authority of any National Park the parish falls under
Open Spaces - Power to acquire land
Parish Property and Documents Duty to manage and hold any property and public documents on behalf of the parish
Planning Applications - Right to be notified and consulted regarding any planning applications affecting the parish
Public Building and Village Halls - Power to provide such buildings for public use
Public Conveniences - Power to provide such facilities
Recreation - Power to acquire land for recreation purposes and to provide sports and leisure facilities
School Governors - Power to appoint a Primary School Governor
Telecommunication Facilities - Power to require and pay a telephone company to provide additional public telephones
Tourism - Power to take steps to encourage local tourism
Town Declaration - Power to declare the parish to be a town, in which case the parish council becomes known as a town council, the chair and vice chair become the town mayor and deputy town mayor, and the parish clerk becomes the town clerk
Transport - Power to provide car sharing schemes, community mini buses and other transport for the benefit of the parish
Village Greens - Power to provide and duty to protect
War Memorials - Power to maintain war memorials
Water Supply - Power to utilise any clean source to provide facilities for obtaining water, such as an parish pump
SOURCE: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL COUNCILS
AND IF RAMSGATE TOWN COUNCIL OBTAINS QUALITY STATUS?
Folkestone Town Council applied for and received quality status within THREE years of its creation. There is no reason why Ramsgate should not achieve the same status within a similar time band.
This means that further powers may be patriated to Ramsgate Town Council as follows:
Examples of functions that might be considered for delegating to parish councils include:
control of markets
maintenance of highway verges, pavements and footpaths
litter collection and litter control
street lighting (other than on principal routes)
issue of bus and rail passes, and other transport voucher schemes
road safety measures
noise and nuisance abatement
tree preservation orders
some aspects of development control
some aspects of management of libraries and museums
some aspects of leisure and tourism provision
taxi and public entertainment licensing
SOURCE: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL COUNCILS
"Having Quality status has helped the town council obtain substantial grant funding to take forward schemes to develop tourism, within the beautiful Eden Valley, and to improve the future sustainability of the High Street. The accreditation was the key to. convince funders to take our bids seriously. The council will be seeking re-accreditation to ensure its stake in future developments of devolved government. "
Christine Lane, Clerk to Edenbridge Town Council