All Parish and 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 Town Meeting?
The meeting enables the Town Council to explain what it has been doing over the last year and provides 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 Town Meeting is a meeting of all the local government electors for the Parish, which they 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 Chairman, a designated Councillor, or the Town Clerk.
An elector may also make suggestions and comment on anything relevant to the residents of Bromyard and Winslow.
Who will chair the meeting?
The Chairman of the Council will chair the meeting or in his/her absence the Vice-Chairman.
Will Town Councillors be there?
Yes, however, the purpose of the meeting is to enable the town’s 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 Town meeting for approval.
There can be, and often is, confusion between the Annual Town Meeting and the Annual Meeting of the Town Council. The Annual Town Meeting is not a Council meeting.