What is the Annual Meeting of the Town?
Annual Parish Meeting - Local Government Act 1972 SCHEDULE 12 Part III
There can be, and often is, confusion between the Annual Town Meeting and the Annual General Meeting of the Town Council. All Parish and Town Councils throughout England are required by law to hold an Annual Parish/Town Meeting, which must take place between 1st March and the 1st June (inclusive). Meetings should not commence before 6.00 pm.
The Annual Meeting of the Town takes place in Towcester on the first Monday evening of March.
Purpose of the Annual Parish Meeting
The meeting acts as an annual democratic point of communication enabling the Town 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 Town.
Who can attend the meeting?
The Annual Town Meeting is a meeting of all the local government electors for the Town, which the public are entitled to attend and participate in. Representatives from community organisations who work closely with the Town Council are also encouraged to attend and present details of their services.
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 Chairperson, the Clerk to the Council, or a designated Councillor, if they are able. A written response will be sent after the meeting if an answer cannot been given immediately. An elector may also make suggestions and comment on anything relevant to the residents of Towcester.
Who will chair the meeting?
The Chair of the Town Council will chair the meeting or in their absence, the Vice Chair.
Will Town 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 raise questions and make comments if they wish.
Are electors allowed to vote at the meeting?
Only registered electors for the Parish will be entitled to vote at the meeting, but the meeting is open to all members of the public.
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.
How long will the meeting last?
As long as need be within reason. Generally, the meeting will last no longer than 2 hours.
Minutes, Annual Meeting of the Town 20210301 (PDF, 7.2 Mb)
Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Town held Monday 1st March 2021