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Annual Town Meeting

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Annual Town Meeting

Under the Local Government Act 1972 s9 all parishes/towns in England must hold an Annual Parish/Town Meeting. This is an annual statutory public meeting of the Town’s electors and is therefore not used to address standard Council business.

The Annual Town  meeting is an annual review of the Council year and follows a legal requirement for town and parish councils to hold an electors meeting, once a year to raise an issue of their choice.

Section 9 of the Local Government Act 1972 states that “for every parish there shall be a parish meeting for the purpose of discussing parish affairs and exercising any functions conferred on such meetings by any enactment…”

Section 13 of the Act states that “the parish meeting of a parish shall consist of the local government electors for the parish”.

The 1972 Local Government Act therefore requires every town and parish council to host a meeting between March and June each year, to which all their electors are invited.

The meeting is open to the public and all residents who are on the electoral role of the parish are entitled to raise an issue of their choice and vote at the meeting. The Annual Town Meeting is not a council meeting; it is a meeting of the town electors and often involves partners such as Police and District and County Councillors

Formal notice of the meeting is given through the local press and staff will be happy to advise you on the best way to include items on to the agenda or to submit questions in advance.

In recent years, Penrith has hosted the event as an annual meeting and used it as an opportunity to debate important local issues and celebrate community achievements and awards. Local organisations who have benefited from council grants are invited to provide a report on their activities. The Council also produces an annual report which is available as a PDF or a printed copy, upon request.

The Mayor and Town Council Officers will aim to address electors questions and any resident wishing to raise a specific matter which requires a detailed answer are asked to give prior notice with details in writing, in order that a full and complete response may be provided at the meeting. Information regarding how to submit a question is provided on the meeting agenda, which will be published three weeks before the meeting.

The meeting is called by the Council Chair and we also use this meeting as an opportunity for local groups and organisations who have received grants to make presentations to the Town about how the grant was used and their aspirations. This meeting will often include a presentation from an invited speaker, to provide residents with updates from local organisations that they may find of interest. It is a great meeting for networking, sharing information and learning more about Penrith.

Please use the underlined bold links to open the PDF documents for agnda and minutes for the Annual Town Meeting.

AGENDA

AGENDA – ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 2022

2020 – Note: there was no Annual Town Meeting due to Covid 19 Pandemic restrictions

AGENDA – ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 2019

AGENDA – ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 2018

AGENDA – ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 2017

AGENDA – ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 2016

 

DRAFT MINUTES PENDING APPROVAL

MINUTES – ANNUAL TOWN MEETING DRAFT  2021

 

APPROVED MINUTES

MINUTES – ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 2019

MINUTES – ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 2018

MINUTES – ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 2017

MINUTES – ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 2016

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