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Annual Parish Meeting 16th May 2019

After having had time to visit the stands at the Community Information Fair Councillor Doug Lamont welcomed everyone to the annual parish meeting on 16th May 2019.

Reports and updates were given. Copies are below:


Village Organisations Report APM 16th May 2019

Parish Council Report 2019

SODC District Councillor (2015-2019) Report

What is an Annual Parish Meeting?

The Annual Parish Meeting is NOT a council meeting. It is a meeting of the parish electors taking place between 1 March and 1 June.

Purpose of the Annual Parish Meeting

The meeting celebrates local activities and debates current issues in the community. The Parish Council can explain what it has been doing over the last year and it enables the electors to have their say on anything they consider is important to the people of the Parish.

Who can attend the meeting?

Anyone may attend but only registered electors of Wheatley Parish may speak and vote.

Will I be able to ask questions and make suggestions?

Yes, this is the main reason for holding an annual meeting. As long as you are registered to vote you may ask questions, make suggestions or comment on anything related to Wheatley.

Who will chair the meeting?

The Chairperson of the Parish Council will chair the meeting.

Will Parish Councillors be there?

Usually they will be , but the purpose of the meeting is to enable you to have your say.
Councillors will listen with interest and as electors themselves, also have the opportunity to raise questions and make comments if they wish.

Will notes be taken of the meeting?

Yes, a written record of the meeting will be taken and will be presented at a future meeting of Council for their consideration.

What else happens at the meeting?

In recent years we have invited local clubs, societies and other voluntary and statutory organisations to speak about the work of their group. This year, we are having a Community Group Fair for the first hour of the meeting, from 7-8pm. You will have the opportunity to speak to representatives of  village organisations. Then, at 8pm, there will be a Q&A session with councillors and Neighbourhood Plan representatives.

How long will the meeting last?

As long as need be within reason. It really depends on those present and the number of questions and the discussion that is raised. Generally, the meeting will last no longer than 2 hours.

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