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Westgate-on-Sea Town Council

Powers and Policies

Town councils have various statutory powers which originate from legislation made from before 1894 to present day.  The council can choose which power it exercises and adopts a policy to show how it will perform this function.

The one statutory duty a town council has is to provide allotments.  The Small Holdings and Allotments Act 1908- deals with the Provision of Allotments, Powers of Councils and Acquisition of Land.

The  Allotments Act 1925- specifies that land purchased or appropriated by local authorities for use as allotments must not be disposed of without Ministerial consent. The Secretary of State must be satisfied that 'adequate provision will be made for allotment holders displaced by the action of the local authority, or that such provision is unnecessary or not reasonably practicable'. (Section 8)

Below is a list of the powers available to Westgate-on-Sea Town Council and the policies it has adopted to discharge its functions.