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.
Penrith electors, who have the right to attend, are provided an opportunity to speak and take part in the discussions, and if appropriate, to vote on such matters. It is usually attended by Councillors from Penrith Town Council, the District and County Councils and represenatives from local groups and organisations. It is an opportunity for the Town Council to inform members of the public about work and activities undertaken during the preceding year.
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.
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.
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. It is a great meeting for networking, sharing information and learning more about Penrith.
The most recent Annual Town Meeting was held on Monday 15 March 2021:
Minutes of previous Annual Town Meetings: