Annual Parish Meeting
Unique to Parish Councils, is the legal requirement that they must hold an Annual Parish Meeting. This is, quite literally, an assembly of the Parish and all those who appear on the electoral roll for the Parish may attend and vote.
The meeting has to take place between 1 March and 1 June each year. The City Council tend to hold their Annual Parish Meeting from late April onwards so that a summary of the Council's accounts can be circulated to those present.
From time to time a 'guest speaker' is present to give a short talk on a matter of local interest but the usual pattern for the meeting is for the Mayor to give an overview of the Council's year with the four main Committee chairmen giving an update about the work carried out through the various meetings on behalf of the community.
There is also the opportunity for 'Question and Answer' session.
Chichester City Council's Annual Parish Meeting for 2015/2016 was held on Monday 25 April 2016 at 6.30pm in the Assembly Room at the Council House, North Street.