We’re pleased to issue this guidance in the run-up to the Annual Parish Meeting and the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council, both to remind villagers of its existence and to help newcomers to the village understand what these meetings are all about.
These are two completely different meetings with very different purposes, though they are also frequently confused. Both meetings are open to the press and public but what is said and done at each meeting is fundamentally different. One is formal whilst the other should be relatively informal. There are specific legal requirements as to when each meeting must be held.
The Annual Parish Meeting can be held at any time between 1 March and 30 June each year. This is the meeting where the Parish Council invite the public and press to hear reports from the Chairman and any other Parish or local organisations, whether they have benefitted from Parish Council funding or not. This year, the meeting is taking place on Wednesday 28th April, and a presentation will be made by Wombourne Community Assistance Group who were at the forefront of the volunteering effort during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Any votes taken at this meeting are not binding on the Parish Council though they should consider them at their next meeting. Only those on the Electoral Roll may vote at such meetings.
The record of the previous year’s meeting is considered and adopted at each meeting, having been issued in draft shortly after the meeting in the previous year.
Essentially this is the Village’s meeting rather than the Parish Council’s, and it stands to reason that any villager with issues to raise about the village should do so at this meeting.
The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council must be held during the month of May, and in an election year (eg 2015, 2019) must be held between 4 and 14 days after polling day. This is the meeting of the Parish Council where they elect their Chairman and make any other appointments. Once this has been done the meeting continues like any other Parish Council meeting with a formal agenda etc. The 2021 meeting follows this guidance and will elect/re-elect a Chairman for the following 12 months. This year, the meeting will take place on Tuesday 4th May 2021.
We hope you find this information useful. If you wish to join us for this year’s Annual Parish Meeting, please visit this link for the agenda where you will find details of how to log into the meeting – Meetings – Wombourne Parish Council.
If you have any queries, please contact the Parish Council office on 01902 896300.