Local Government Act, 1994


Amenity, Recreation, Library and other Functions

Provision of amenities, facilities, etc.

31.—(1) A local authority may, pursuant to section 6 of the Act of 1991, on and from the commencement of this section, take such measures, engage in such activities or do such things (including the incurring of expenditure) as it considers necessary in relation to matters mentioned in subsection (2), in accordance with and subject to the provisions of the said section 6, which section shall be so construed and have effect accordingly.

(2) The matters referred to in subsection (1) are the provision of—

(a) amenities, facilities and services related to—

(i) artistic and cultural activities,

(ii) sports, games and similar activities,

(iii) general recreational and leisure activities,

(iv) civic improvements,

(v) environmental and heritage protection and improvement, and

(vi) the public use of amenities,

including, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing subparagraphs, the provision of any thing specified in the Fourth Schedule in respect of those subparagraphs,

(b) allotments, fairs and markets and amenities, facilities and services related thereto, and

(c) facilities and services related to the promotion of public safety, including—

(i) fire safety,

(ii) road safety,

(iii) water safety and rescue and mountain and cave safety and rescue.

(3) A local authority may make such charges for the use of, admission to or otherwise in relation to amenities, facilities, services or any other thing provided under section 6 of the Act of 1991 (whether as extended by this section or otherwise) as it considers appropriate.

(4) The repeal by this Act of any enactment under which an amenity, facility, service, allotment or any other thing was provided prior to such repeal by a local authority shall not affect the continuing provision of such thing by that local authority and the provisions of this section shall apply thereto.

(5) Nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting the operation of section 6 of the Act of 1991.