Water Newton Parish Meeting
Water Newton is a small parish having 40 registered electors. As such, it does not have a Council, but a Meeting. The main difference between a Parish Council and a Parish Meeting is that all registered electors can take part in the running of the Parish’s affairs, and so there are no elections for Councillors. Meetings are held when there is something to discuss – for example a planning application, setting the annual precept, electing the chairman. The district council is Huntingdon District Council and the County Council is Cambridgeshire County Council.
Parish Meetings must assemble annually on some day between 1 March and 1 June and on one other occasion during the year. Their meetings are open to the public but only the registered electors for the Parish are permitted to speak and vote on any proposal. A Parish Meeting is not a corporate body and is therefore unable to own property or sue or be sued. Generally speaking it is not a local authority and its powers are not as wide as those of a Parish Council.
The parish meeting may by law discuss all parish affairs and pass resolutions on them.
The next Parish Meeting will take place on Wednesday 31st May 2017 at 7.00 pm in the church.