The powers that allow the Parish Council to improve the appearance of the village and maintain the playing field and play-ground comes from:
Local Government Act 1894
Section 8: Additional powers of parish council.
(1) A parish council shall have the following additional powers, namely, power—
(i) to execute any works (including works of maintenance or improvement) incidental to or consequential on the exercise of any of the foregoing powers, or in relation to any parish property, not being property relating to affairs of the church or held for an ecclesiastical charity;