Following the recent update to the regulations governing Parish Council meetings – The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 – which came into force on 4 April 2020, we have agreed to the following actions with regard to our meetings:
- to cancel the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council, scheduled for Tuesday 19th May 2020. Regulation 6(c) of the above removes the requirement for a parish council to hold an annual meeting in May 2020. Regulation 4 (2) carries the current appointment of chairman on until the Annual Meeting in May 2021, although councils may elect a chairman at earlier meeting should they wish to.
- to cancel the 2020 Annual Parish Meeting. The Local Government Act 1972 Part III requires that an annual parish meeting takes place between 1st March and 1st June each year. There is however, no duty for the Parish Council to convene this. Neither is there an effective sanction should the Parish Council not set a date and time for this to occur.
These actions are in response to the current Government restrictions on social distancing and isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic. The Parish Council has opted not to conduct virtual (remote access and attendance) meetings during this period, which the above regulations now permit if the Council so wishes.
The next full Council meeting is provisionally scheduled for 4th August 2020. The full Council may meet again before that date if the Government restrictions allow and there is urgent business requiring attention.