Parish councils have a variety of powers and duties, all of which impact directly on the community.
The following are all under the remit of local councils. Some of these duties do not apply to Millom without parish council, but where they do, the Parish Council takes its duties seriously:
Burial Grounds, Cemeteries, Churchyards and Crematoria where these are not maintained by the local Church
· Bus Shelters – the Parish Council can provide and maintain if permitted by the County Council
· Bye-laws – the power to make bye-laws concerning:baths and washhouses (swimming pools), cycle parks, mortuaries and pleasure grounds
· Clocks – public clocks can be provided and must be maintained
· Community Centres, Conference Centres, Halls, Public Buildings
· Drainage – of ditches and ponds
· Entertainment and the Arts
· General Spending – parish councils can spend a limited amount of money on anything they deem of benefit to the community that is not covered by the other specific responsibilities described in this list
· Gifts – parish councils may accept gifts.
· Highways – lighting, parking places, right to enter into discussions about new roads and road widening, consent of parish council required for diversion or discontinuation of highway, traffic signs and other notices, tree planting and verge maintenance The Parish Council currently pay for the cutting of the verge at the entrance to The Green.
· Land – acquisition and sale of . The Parish Council currently is responsible for The Pinnel Hole.
· Legal proceedings – power to prosecute and defend any legal proceedings in the interests of the community, power to take part in any public enquiry
· Litter - provision of litter-bins and support for any anti-litter campaigns
· Planning – parish councils must be notified of, and display for residents, any planning applications for the area. Any comments submitted to the planning authority by the parish council must be taken into account. The Parish Council takes this duty seriously and considers all applications submitted. All applications and decisions are reported in the minutes of the meetings.
· Postal and Telecommunication Facilities – power to pay a public telecommunications operator any loss sustained in providing services in that area
· Public conveniences – provision and maintenance of public toilets.
The Parish council also pay for the upkeep and maintenance of the grounds ensuring that grass cutting takes place on a regular basis.
· Rights of Way – footpath and bridleway maintenance
· Seats (public) -
· Signs – danger signs, place names and bus stops signs
· Tourism – financial contributions to any local tourist organisations allowed
· Traffic Calming
· War Memorials
· Water Supply