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Annual Parish Meeting- April 2023

What is an Annual Parish Meeting?

There can be, and often is, confusion between the Annual Parish Meeting and the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council. 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.  Alcester’s Annual Parish meeting is held on the first Tuesday in April every year. Agenda for 2023

What is the purpose of the Annual Parish Meeting?

The purpose of the meeting is so that the Town Council and other local organisations can explain what they have been doing over the last year. It also enables the electors to have their say on anything they consider is important to the people of the Parish.

What else happens at the meeting?

In recent years we have invited local clubs, societies and other voluntary and statutory organisations to provide an exhibition and/or a representative to speak about the work of their group. Charity Accounts and Annual Reports can be presented in advance and should be with the Town Clerk no later than one week before the meeting.

Who can attend the meeting?

The Annual Parish Meeting is a meeting for all the local government electors of the Parish. It is not a meeting of the Town Council. Anyone may attend but only registered electors of the Parish may speak and vote during the meeting.

Will I be able to ask questions and make suggestions?

Any registered elector may ask questions of the Council which will usually be answered by the Chair, the Clerk to the Council, or a designated Councillor. An elector may also make suggestions and comment on anything pertinent to the people of the parish.  This will be welcomed and is the whole purpose of the meeting.