The Annual Parish Meeting
The 2020 Annual Parish Meeting was cancelled due to coronavirus. This year it was due to take place in April however the regulations do not allow a physical meeting. The Parish Council has therefore decided to postpone the meeting until Wednesday 19th May at 7:00pm in the hope that the guidelines allow a physical meeting.
What is the Annual Parish Meeting?
All Parish Town Councils throughout England are required by law to hold an Annual Parish Meeting, which must take place between 1st March and the 1st June (inclusive). Meetings should not commence before 6.00 pm.
Purpose of the Annual Parish Meeting?
The meeting enables the Parish Council to explain what it has been doing over the last year and providing an opportunity for the electors to have their say on anything they consider is important to the people of the Parish.
Who can attend the meeting?
The Annual Parish Meeting is a meeting of all the local government electors for the Parish, which the public are entitled to attend and participate in.
Will I be able to ask questions and make suggestions?
Yes, any registered elector may ask questions of the Council, which will usually be answered by the Chair, the Clerk to the Council, or a designated Councillor.
An elector may also make suggestions and comment on anything relevant to the residents of Bilbrook.
Who will chair the meeting?
The Chair of the Parish Council will chair the meeting or in his/her absence the Vice-Chair.
Will Parish Councillors be there?
Yes, however, the purpose of the meeting is to enable the ordinary electors to have their say. Councillors will listen with interest and as electors themselves, also have the opportunity to raise questions and make comments if they wish.
Will notes be taken of the meeting?
Yes, a written record of the meeting will be taken and presented at the next Annual Parish meeting for approval.
What else happens at the meeting?
In recent years we have invited guest speakers from local clubs, societies and other voluntary and statutory organisations to talk about the work/activities of their group and/or present information on topics of local interest.
There can be, and often is, confusion between the Annual Parish Meeting and the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council. The Annual Parish Meeting is not a Council meeting.