In Newport there are 14 community councils in suburban and rural areas of the city, each with a Chairman and a Clerk.
Community and town councils
Community and town councils are an elected tier of local government and are corporate bodies, each with a legal existence of its own quite separate from that of its members.
Councils have been granted powers by Parliament including the right to raise money through taxation (the precept) and a range of powers to spend public money.
Issues that concern community councils include planning, community safety, housing, allotments, cemeteries, playing fields, rights of way, community centres/village halls, war memorials, litter and seats and shelters.
The annual spending of community councils can range from under £1,000 to £.5 million.
There are some 740 community councils in Wales with over 8,000 councillors who must be over 21 years of age and appointed by election, co-option or by unopposed return.
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