Annual Town Meeting
The Annual Town Meeting is held at the Town Hall and is an opportunity for electors to have their say on anything they consider to be important to the people of Felixstowe. As it is the final meeting of the municipal year (held immediately before the Annual Council Meeting when the new Mayor is elected) the outgoing Town Mayor gives their Annual Report on their Mayoral Year at this meeting.
All Parish and Town Councils throughout England are required by law to hold an Annual Parish/Town Meeting between 1st March and the 1st June (inclusive). Meetings should not commence before 6.00pm. At Felixstowe the meeting is usually held at 7pm.
Any registered elector is welcome to attend – you will be asked to sign an attendance sheet confirming that you are a registered to vote in Felixstowe - and 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 pertinent to the people of Felixstowe. This will be welcomed and is the whole purpose of the meeting. The Council may invite local clubs, societies or other voluntary and statutory organisations to provide an exhibition and/or a representative to speak about the work of their group.
The Town Mayor chairs the meeting. If the Chair is not able to attend, then the meeting will elect a chairperson from amongst those electors present. Other Town Councillors usually attend and will speak if need be. But the purpose of the meeting is to enable the ordinary electors to have their say. Councillors will listen with interest and as electors themselves, also have the opportunity to raise questions and make comments if they wish.
Minutes of the meeting are taken and approved at the following year’s Annual Town Meeting.