What goes on at the Annual Meeting of Houghton and Wyton Parish Council in Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire
All Parish and Town Councils throughout England are required by law to hold an annual Parish meeting each year. 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 the parish.
The council publish the venue, date and time of the meeting as widely as possible. You will also find details of he meeting posted upon the Parish Notice Boards once the date has been fixed
Anyone may attend but only registered electors of Houghton and Wyton may speak and vote..
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 Houghton and Wyton. This will be welcomed and is the whole purpose of the meeting.
If able, the Chairperson of the Houghton and Wyton 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.
Usually they do attend and will speak if need be. But the purpose of the meeting is to enable the ordinary electors of Houghton and Wyton 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.
Yes, a written record of the meeting will be taken and will be presented at a future meeting of Council for their consideration.
As long as need be within reason. It really depends on those present and the number of questions and the discussion that is raised. Generally, the meeting will last no longer than 2 hours.
Seating and a table will be provided for the local press as the Council do for all their public meetings.
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