Parish Council meetings are ‘meetings held in public’ and are for Councillors to conduct the business of the parish council. Members of the public and press are entitled to be at these meetings in accordance with the Public Bodies (Admission to Meeting) Act 1960 Section 1 extended by Local Government Act 1972 Section 100 unless precluded by the Parish Council by resolution during the whole or part of the proceedings.
The Parish Council usually meets at 7.30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month (except August) in the Pavilion on Bit End Field .
Members of the public are welcome to attend and each meeting is adjourned for 15 minutes to enable residents to ask questions or make statements. If possible 3 days notice should be given for questions that will need research in order to answer.
Agendas of meetings are published on the Parish Notice Boards and minutes of meetings are posted on the Council’s Website as they become available.
A parish meeting is a meeting made up of the local government electors in a particular parish and is held to discuss ‘parish affairs’ which have no statutory definition.
Parish affairs can be any item or topic that relates or affects to the parishes of Whittington and Fisherwick. It is an ideal forum for the parish council to engage with local residents and for residents of to voice their views and concerns.
The public have a statutory right to attend the parish meeting but only the government electors at a parish meeting have the right to vote at the meeting.
All Parish Councils in England are required by law to hold an Annual Parish Meeting between March 1 and June 30 each year and must not start before 6 o’clock in the evening or be held in premises licences for the sale of alcohol. The meeting allows the Parish Council to explain what they have been doing over the past year and what plans they might have for the coming year. It is also the forum for electors to have their say on anything which they consider is important to the people of the parish.
Anyone may attend but only registered electors may ask questions. An elector may also make suggestions and comment on anything pertinent to the people of Whittington and Fisherwick – this will be welcomed and it is the whole purpose of the meeting. Normally the Chairperson of the Parish Council will chair the meeting. It is also usual for Parish Councillors to attend and speak as necessary but the purpose of the meeting is to enable the electors to have their say. Councillors will listen and as electors themselves, also have the opportunity to raise questions and make comments if they wish.
Public notice of the meeting must be given at least seven clear days beforehand and must specify the time and place of the intended meeting, specify the business to be transacted at the meeting, and be signed by the person or persons convening the meeting.
The Chairperson must preside at a parish meeting and if he or she is absent the Vice-Chairman must if present preside. If none of the above are present the parish meeting must appoint a person to take the chair of that meeting.
This year’s Annual Parish Meeting would normally be held in April but was cancelled in 2020 due to the lockdown caused by Coronavirus. It will be reconvened at a suitable time.