Find out more about the Annual Parish Meeting, which is taking place on Wednesday 27th April 2022 at 7.30pm.
Frequently asked questions:
What is an Annual Parish Meeting?
There can be, and often is, confusion between the Annual Parish Meeting and the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council. All Town and Parish Councils throughout England are required by law to hold an Annual Parish Meeting, which must take place between 1st March and 1st June (inclusive). Meetings should not commence before 6pm.
What is the purpose of the Annual Parish Meeting?
The purpose of the meeting is to give the Parish Council, and other local organisations an opportunity to let local residents know what they have been doing over the past year. The meeting is also an opportunity for electors to have a say on anything they consider valuable to the people of the Parish.
What else happens at the meeting?
The meeting can also be an opportunity for local groups, clubs societies and other voluntary and statutory organisations to provide an exhibition and or have representatives from the group address those present at the meeting about the work they do and what they are involved in.
Who can attend the meeting?
The Annual Parish Meeting is for all electors of the Parish. It is not a meeting for the Parish Council. Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting, however, only registered electors may speak.
Will I be able to ask questions and make suggestions?
Any registered elector may ask a question of the Council which will usually be answered by the Chairman, the Clerk or a designated Councillor. Any elector may also make a suggestion and comment on anything pertinent tot he residents of the Parish. This will be welcomed and is the whole purpose of the meeting.
Who will chair the meeting?
The Chairman of the Council will chair the meeting. The meeting is also convened by the Chairman of the Council.
Will Parish Councillors be at the meeting?
All Parish Councillors will be invited to attend. Councillors will also have an opportunity to raise questions if they wish, however, the purpose of the meeting is to enable electors to find out what is going on in their parish and to have their say.
Will minutes be taken?
Minutes will be taken by the Clerk to the Council. The minutes of the last meeting shall be reviewed, agreed and signed at the meeting.
How long will the meeting last?
The length of the meeting is dependent on the number of electors present, the number of questions asked and the discussion that is raised. Generally, the meeting will not last longer than two hours.
Where can I get copies of papers for the meeting?
The agenda calling the meeting is published at least 7 clear days before the meeting. The agenda can be found on our website. Please call the Clerk to the Council if you have any questions, on 01902 896300.