Stocksbridge Cown Council
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Welcome to the Stocksbridge Town Council website.

Stocksbridge is a small town situated approximately 10 miles north of the City of Sheffield, nestling at the edge of the Pennines and the Peak District National Park and is the home of Liberty Steels, the British manufacturer for Aerospace Steels products.

The Town Council does not have major powers to carry out policies but it is able to advise and put pressure on the larger authorities in respect to the present and future development and condition of the Stocksbridge area. The Council is also able to organise, within the confines of its budget, schemes to improve the social life of the Town.

Sheffield City Council has the statutory duty to deal with housing, education, social services, recreation, cleansing, planning, libraries, highways and the environment. Any work/schemes carried out by the Town Council cannot impinge on the statutory duties of the City Council as this is classed as double rating.

Powers and Duties for Parish/Town Councils




Powers to provide allotments. Duty to provide allotment gardens if demand unsatisfied

Baths and Washhouses

Power to provide public baths and washhouses

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


Duties re: parochial charities


Power to provide public clocks

Closed Churchyards

Powers as to maintenance

Commons and common pastures

Powers in relation to enclosure, as to regulation and management, and as to providing common pasture

Conference facilities

Power to provide and encourage the use of facilities

Community centres

Power to provide and equip buildings for use of clubs having athletic, social or educational objectives

Crime prevention

Powers to spend money on various crime prevention measures


Power to deal with ponds and ditches

Entertainment and the arts

Provision of entertainment and support of the arts


Power to accept


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

Power to complain to district councils 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



Duty of care

Power to acquire by agreement, to appropriate, to dispose of land

Power to accept gifts of land


Provision of receptacles


Powers to promote

Mortuaries and post mortem rooms

Powers to provide mortuaries and post mortem rooms


Power to deal with offensive ditches

Open spaces

Power to acquire land and maintain

Parish property and documents

Powers to direct as to their custody

Postal and telecommunication facilities

Power to pay the Post Office, British Telecommunications or any other public telecommunications operator any loss sustained providing post or telegraph office telecommunications facilities

Public buildings and village hall

Power to provide and contribute to buildings for offices and for public meetings and assemblies

Public Conveniences

Power to provide


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 gymnasia, playing fields, holiday camps

Provision of boating pools

Town and Country planning

Right to be notified of planning applications


Power to contribute to organisations encouraging tourism

Traffic Calming

Powers to contribute financially to traffic calming schemes


Powers to spend money on community transport schemes

War memorials

Power to maintain, repair, protect and adapt war memorials

Water supply

Power to utilise well, spring or stream and to provide facilities for obtaining water therefrom