What is an Annual Parish Meeting?
All parishes must hold an Annual Parish Meeting. This is a key opportunity for the Parish Council to explain what it has been doing in the last year. More than that, it’s a chance for representatives of local bodies and organisations to speak to residents and for you as a resident to both hear what’s going on and, if you wish, to have your say on anything you want to raise or feel is important to the village.
Who can attend?
Anyone and everyone is welcome – to attend and speak.
Will I be able to ask questions and make comments?
Quite simply – yes. This will be welcomed and is precisely why the meeting is held.
Who will chair the meeting?
The Parish Council Chairman, by law, is required to conduct the meeting.
Who will be there?
Usually parish councillors, and your County and District Councillors. It must be emphasised, though, that the real purpose of the meeting is to enable you and other residents to have your say. Councillors are mainly there to listen and take note! Local clubs, societies plus voluntary and statutory organisations are also invited to provide representatives to speak about their work.
How long will the meeting last?
As long as needed – within reason! It really depends on those present and the number of questions and the discussion that is raised. Usually, no more than two hours but, obviously, you can come and go as you see fit.
This is not just ‘another boring meeting’ – unless nobody turns up!
So come along – meet others – raise matters important to you.