Local Government Reform Act 2014

43.

Amendment of section 66 (promotion of interests of local communities) of Principal Act

43. Section 66 of the Principal Act is amended by substituting the following for subsection (3):

“(3) (a) Subject to this section, a local authority may take such measures, engage in such activities or do such things in accordance with law (including the incurring of expenditure) as it considers necessary or desirable to promote the interests of the local community.

(b) For the purposes of this section a measure, activity or thing is deemed to promote the interests of the local community if it promotes, directly or indirectly—

(i) social inclusion or the social, environmental, recreational, cultural or community development, or

(ii) the general development including enterprise and economic development,

of the administrative area (or any part of it) of the local authority concerned or of the local community (or any group consisting of members of it).

(c) Nothing in subsection (4) or section 66B or 67 shall be read as restricting the generality or meaning of this subsection.”.