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Annual Parish Meeting 2021


Annual Parish Meeting – Local Government Act 1972 SCHEDULE 12 Part III

There can be, and often is, confusion between the Annual Parish Meeting and the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council.  All Parish and Town Councils throughout England are required by law to hold an Annual Parish Meeting, which must take place between 1st March and the 1st June (inclusive). Meetings should not commence before 6.00 pm.  The Annual Meeting scheduled for 20 May 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. 
The Parish Council is going to hold this year’s Annual Meeting for persons registered as local government electors for the Parish of Rustington virtually starting at 7.30 pm on Thursday 20th May 2021.  The meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams and the details to join the meeting are as follows:
The Agenda can be found here


Purpose of the Annual Parish Meeting

The meeting acts as an annual democratic point of communication enabling the Parish Council to explain what it has been doing over the last year and providing an opportunity for the electors to have their say on anything they consider is important to the people of the Parish.

Who can attend the Meeting?

The Annual Parish Meeting is a meeting of all the local government electors for the Parish, which the public are entitled to attend and participate in.

However, all members of the public and press are most welcome to attend.  Any matters affecting the Parish may be discussed.

Will I be able to ask questions and make suggestions?

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

An elector may also make suggestions and comment on anything relevant to the residents of the Parish of Rustington.

As the meeting is being held remotely, and it is therefore not possible to verify that anyone in attendance is an Elector of Rustington, no Resolutions will be considered.

Will Parish Councillors be there?

Yes, however, the purpose of the meeting is to enable the ordinary electors to have their say. Councillors will listen with interest and as many are 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 presented at the next Annual Parish meeting for approval.  The Minutes will also be placed onto the Parish Council Website.

A recording of the meeting will also be uploaded to the Parish Council's YouTube Channel.