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Powers

In common with the other town and community councils in Wales, Cyngor Tref Aberaeron has certain powers which are listed alphabetically below.

  • Allotments - provision and maintenance of allotments for cultivation.
  • Arts - developing and improving knowledge of the arts and the crafts which serve the arts.
  • Baths - provision of baths and wash-houses (including launderettes).
  • Cemeteries - provision and maintenance of burial grounds, cemeteries, crematoria, mortuaries and post-mortem rooms.
  • Clocks - provision and maintenance of public clocks.
  • Commons - power to protect any finally registered common which had no registered owner.
  • Crime Prevention - installation of equipment and establishment of schemes for the detection or prevention of crime (e.g. CCTV cameras; Neighbourhood Watch); making grants to the police authority for these purposes.
  • Entertainment - provision of any form of public entertainment and any premises for giving entertainment (this includes maintaining bands or orchestras and provision for dancing).
  • Halls - provision of buildings for public meetings and functions, for indoor sports or physical recreation, or for the use of clubs and societies having recreational, social or athletic objects.
  • Legal Proceedings - power to prosecute and defend any legal proceedings in the interests of the inhabitants. Power to take part in any public local inquiry.
  • Lighting - provision and maintenance of any footway lighting which lights roads or pavements provided the columns are not above specified heights.
  • Litter - provision of litter bins in streets and support for anti-litter campaigns.
  • Open Spaces - Provision and maintenance of public open spaces, pleasure grounds and public walks.
  • Parking - provision and management of car and cycle parks.
  • Parks - provision and maintenance of public parks and appropriate facilities.
  • Planning - right to be notified of any planning application affecting the community and town council area and to make comments that the planning authority must take into account.
  • Playing Fields - provision and maintenance of land for any kind of outdoor recreation, including boating pools.
  • Ponds - power to deal with ponds, pools or other places containing filth or matter prejudicial to heath.
  • Post and Telephone - power to guarantee the postal or telephone authorities against a loss on a facility.
  • Public Lavatories - provision and maintenance of public lavatories.
  • Rights of Way - maintenance of public footpaths and bridleways.
  • Roadside Verges - power to plant and maintain roadside verges.
  • Seats - Provision and maintenance of public seats on the highway.
  • Shelters - provision and maintenance of shelters for general public use and particularly for bus passengers.
  • Signs - power to erect signs which warn of dangers or announce a place name, or indicate a bus stop.
  • Swimming - provision of indoor or outdoor swimming pools.
  • Tourism - provision of facilities for conferences and encouragement of recreational and business tourism.
  • Traffic Calming - contribution towards the cost of traffic calming works provided by highway authorities.
  • Transport - establishment of car-sharing and taxi fare concession schemes; making grants for community bus services and bus services for the elderly or disabled; investigation of public transport, road and traffic provision and needs; provision of information about public transport services.
  • Village Green - powers to maintain the village or town green.

General Expenditure
Power in any situation not covered by one of the specific powers described above a council
may spend money on any purpose, which in its opinion is of direct benefit to its area or to the inhabitants. The total expenditure by the council on all the cases under its general power
must not in any financial year exceed £7.36 (for 2015-2016) per local government elector
in the parish or town or community.