Residents of the parish of Towcester (which includes Caldecote and Wood Burcote) are invited to attend the town's Annual Town Meeting from 7pm on Monday 6th March 2023 at The Sawpits Centre, Richmond Road NN12 6EX.
The event will present the activities of the Town Council and other community organisations, such as the local Neighbourhood Police Team, voluntary organisations, charities and other community groups, that have taken place over the previous 12 months.
- Come along to meet your Town Mayor and Town Councillors.
- Find out about the results of the "3 Wishes" consultation.
- Learn about the roles, responsibilities and activities of the Town Council.
- Ask questions and submit ideas about matters of local interest and importance.
- Talk to representatives from various local community groups, charities, clubs and organisations.
- Find out about local services, activities and events.
- Make connections with other people in your community.
- Opportunities to become more involved with your town.
The majority of the event will take place in the main hall with the opportunity for informal networking. Each organisation will have information, a stand to browse or representatives to talk to.
7:00pm Meet & Greet
7:30pm The formal agenda will take place in the Self-contained Hall and will comprise of:
- Welcome by the Town Mayor
- Town Council Reports
- Police Report
- Local organisations Reports
- Q & A
9:00pm Event ends
This is a public event organised by the Town Council for all residents and electors of the parish of Towcester. Reports from the Town Council and other organisations will be available to view and discuss on the evening and will be published on the Town Council's website after the event.
Minutes of the Annual Town Meeting held on Monday 7th March 2022
Minutes, Annual Meeting of the Town 20220307 (PDF, 6.1 Mb)
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 Parish/Town Meeting and the Annual General Meeting of a Parish/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 Town Meeting takes place in Towcester on the first Monday evening of March.
Purpose of the Annual Town 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 (Town Mayor) will chair the meeting or in their absence, the Deputy Chair (Deputy Mayor).
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 Town 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.