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Chilham Square
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  There are many powers that have been vested in parish councils. Here we list those that are currently most relevant to the parish of Chilham.  
  Burial grounds, cemeteries and crematoria: Power to acquire and maintain. Power to provide. Power to agree to maintain monuments and memorials. Power to contribute towards expenses of cemeteries  
  Bus Shelters: Power to provide and maintain shelters.  
  Bye Laws: Power to make bye-laws in regard to pleasure grounds, cycle parks, baths and washhouses, open spaces and burial grounds, mortuaries and post-mortem rooms.  
  Charities: Duty to receive accounts of parochial charities.  
  Crime prevention: Powers to spend money on various crime prevention measures.  
  Gifts: Power to accept.  
  Highways: Power to repair and maintain public footpaths and bridle-ways. Power to light roads and public places. Provision of litter bins. Power to provide parking places for vehicles, bicycles and motor-cycles. Power to enter into agreement as to dedication and widening. Power to provide roadside seats and shelters, and omnibus shelters. Consent of parish council required for ending maintenance of highway at public expense, or for stopping up or diversion of highway. Power to complain to district council as to protection of rights of way and roadside wastes. Power to provide traffic signs and other notices. Power to plant trees etc. and to maintain roadside verges.  
  Land: Power to acquire by agreement, to appropriate, to dispose of. Power to accept gifts of land.  
  Litter: Provision of receptacles.  
  Parish Property and documents: Powers to direct as to their custody.  
  Recreation: Power to acquire land for or to provide recreation grounds, public walks, pleasure grounds and open spaces and to manage and control them. Power to provide gymnasiums, playing fields, holiday camps. Provision of boating pools.  
  Town and Country Planning: Right to be notified of planning applications.  
  Tourism: Power to contribute to organisations encouraging.  
  Traffic Calming: Powers to contribute financially to traffic calming schemes.  
  Transport: Powers to spend money on community transport schemes.  
  War memorials: Power to maintain, repair, protect and adapt war memorials.  
An extract from the NALC publication Local Councils Explained provides a full list of powers and duties together with the associated statutory provision.
The NALC website also provides further useful information on parish councils.
  Chilham Parish Council - serving Chilham, Old Wives Lees and Shottenden