Annual Town Meeting

Town and parish councils throughout the country hold a meeting at least once a year. This is an opportunity for electors to raise issues which are significant to them, to be able to discuss these issues and vote on them without the need for politicians. In other words, it gives people the power to decide for themselves on matters of importance.

This year the Annual Town Meeting for Hebden Royd Town Council, the meeting for electors, will be held on 27th April 2016 at Waterfront Hall in the Town Hall, Hebden Bridge at 6:30 pm. Refreshments will be served from 6.00pm.

The Agenda is as follows;

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Notice of Meeting
  3. Minutes of Annual Town Meeting
  4. To consider draft Statement of Accounts for Hebden Royd Town Council for the year ended 31st March 2016
  5. "Youth Conversation" – presentations by local youth organisations highlighting their current activities, challenges faced and aspirations for the future
  6. Any other Town Business, whether raised by an elector or otherwise.

The town council is aware that your time is precious, as such the first four standard items are normally disposed of quite quickly, but remain important none the less. We can then move on to the main section of the meeting Item 5, where this year's Annual Town Meeting theme comes into action. Youth Conversation is a theme that has been developed by Hebden Royd to find out more about the youth groups in the area. To do this we have given several youth groups the opportunity to have five minutes in front of council to explain the best things their organisation does for young people, the challenges they have faced in the last year and finally, what their hopes are for the next year.
Item 6 on the agenda can be anything that an elector wishes to discuss and the issue can be voted on, not just by councillors but by any elector of Hebden Royd.  The subject can be anything an elector wishes to raise because they feel it is important.

If you want to complain about something but achieve nothing, stop at home.  If you want your voice to be heard, convince others of the importance of your view, then come to the meeting and speak.

It is hoped that members of the public will take this opportunity and join us on the 27th of April. Your feedback and input is paramount in enabling us to understand how we as a town council can best serve the community.

Added: Tuesday, 19 April 2016