Purpose of the Annual Parish Meeting
All Parish and Town Councils throughout England are required by law to hold an annual parish meeting between 1st March and 1st June. It is a meeting of the electorate, not of the Council. The purpose of calling this meeting is so that the Council can explain what it has been doing over the last year and it enables the electors to have their say on anything which they consider is important to the people of Eaton Bray parish.
Who can attend the meeting?
Anyone may attend but only registered electors of Eaton Bray Parish may speak.
Will I be able to ask questions and make suggestions?
Yes, any registered elector may ask questions of the Council. These will usually be answered by the chairperson or by the Parish Administrator or a designated Councillor. An elector may also make suggestions and comment on anything pertinent to the people of Eaton Bray. This will be welcomed and is the whole purpose of the meeting.
Who will chair the meeting?
If able, the Chairperson of the Parish Council will chair the meeting. If the Chair is not able to attend, then the meeting will elect a chairperson from amongst those electors present.
Will Parish Councillors be there?
They do attend and will speak if need be. But 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 will be presented at a future meeting of Council for their consideration.
How long will the meeting last?
As long as need be within reason. It really depends on those present and the number of questions and the discussion that is raised.
Will the Press be there?
The local press are entitled to attend the Annual Parish Meeting.