Q&As

Are there any powers available to a parish council to contract with a commercial provider to install and operate ANPR cameras to monitor the parking of vehicles at a car park operated by them?

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Published on LexisPSL on 10/01/2017

The following Local Government Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Are there any powers available to a parish council to contract with a commercial provider to install and operate ANPR cameras to monitor the parking of vehicles at a car park operated by them?
  • The powers of a parish council
  • Surveillance
  • Public procurement

In conducting our research we have focussed on powers to make decisions. However there are specific considerations applicable to the use of ANPR cameras by a public authority that must be considered, as should the public procurement implications of any contracting arrangement.

The powers of a parish council

A parish council may only do such things as are expressly or impliedly authorised by statute or by subordinate legislation. Local authorities are generally authorised by statute to do anything which is calculated to facilitate, or is conducive or incidental to, the discharge of any of their functions (see section 111 of the Local Government Act 1972 (LGA 1972)).

The Competence Power (see Part 1 of the Localism Act 2011 (LA 2011)) was introduced on 17 February 2012 as an extensive, primary, empowering measure to give local authorities the confidence to act innovatively and creatively for t

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