Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting is an open meeting for all residents of Haydon Wick and although it is organised by the Parish Council, it is not a formal council meeting.

The law says the meeting must be held between 1st March and 1st June  – ours is usually in March. The meeting is chaired by the Parish Chairman with the Clerk taking the minutes but Councillors have no more standing than other electors of Haydon Wick.

The meeting is an opportunity for the Parish Council to explain what’s its done over the last year and to share future aspirations. It is also an open forum giving residents an opportunity to raise issues they feel are important to the community. These could be:

  • Suggesting ideas for the Parish Council to investigate
  • Raising concerns about planned activities in the parish
  • Asking questions to the Parish Council
  • Raising general issues affecting the parish

We use the Annual Parish Meeting as an opportunity to celebrate the community by presenting our Parish Hero Awards.

Any registered elector for Haydon Wick has the right to speak at the meeting.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, any registered elector may ask questions of the Council, which will usually be answered by the Chairman, the Clerk to the Council, or a designated Councillor.

    An elector may also make suggestions and comment on anything pertinent to the people of Haydon Wick Parish, this is the whole purpose of the meeting.

  • Although it is not mandatory for the Councillors to attend they would usually attend and will speak if need be. However, the purpose of the meeting is to enable the residents to have their say. Councillors will listen with interest and if they are residents themselves will have the opportunity to raise questions and make comments if they wish.

  • Yes, a written record of the meeting will be taken and any comments made by the residents will be presented at a future meeting of Council for consideration.

  • The first part of the formal meeting with speeches and presentations normally lasts about one hour depending on those present, the number of questions raised and the discussion that follows. After the formal session the meeting is open to groups such as to 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.

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