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Hedon Annual Town Meeting and Open Forum

Formal Hedon Town Council Annual Town Meeting followed by Open Forum…..

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HEDON TOWN COUNCIL
Annual Town Meeting
OPEN TO REGISTERED ELECTORS OF THE TOWN OF HEDON
Commencing

7.00pm

On

Thursday 17th April 2014

At the Town Hall, Hedon

THE MAYOR OF HEDON IN THE CHAIR

Provisional agenda:

  1. Welcome by the Town Mayor
  2. To agree and adopt the minutes of the 2013 Annual Town Meeting
  3. To consider any matters arising from the minutes
  4. To receive the Town Mayor’s Annual Report and Chairmen’s Reports.
  5. To receive reports from groups or organisations operating within Hedon which the town council may have helped to fund
  6. OPEN FORUM – An opportunity for residents of Hedon to ask questions on matters relating to the business of the town.

(a) Attendance of Councillors – Will the Council set up a system to bring the
Councillor before the Council or Personnel Committee to explain their
actions?

(b) Dangerous Footpath – The Council voted to take no action. Do you think
this is a prudent decision? Are you not endangering the residents of
Hedon?

(c) Horsewell Restoration – The Council set up a working group, what decisions have the group made on the restoration of the pond?

(d) Annual Town Meeting:

(i) Why has the Council introduced a requirement for written questions,
with seven days advance notice?
(ii) When was this change to previous practice discussed and agreed by
the full Council.

(e) KC Broadband – Can the Council organise a petition from local people,
schools, businesses, GP practices, the library and the Councillors to
express the whole town’s desire for a better service from KC?

(f) In relation to the ABP/Siemens investment and the lift it will give the economy of the area – The Town may have it’s historic status, but it doesn’t appear to have any clear plan for the inevitable future development of Hedon, other than trying to keep everything as it is – a recipe for stagnation not growth. How is the Council going to address this challenge on traffic, parking and drainage in particular with East Riding, Yorkshire Water and ABP?

(g) Where are young people going to buy or rent in Hedon in the future as demand grows and supply doesn’t?

 

J. M. Richardson (Mrs.)
Town Clerk

Town Hall, Hedon, East Yorkshire, HU12 8EX

Tel: 01482 898428  or e-mail: townclerk@hedon.gov.uk

8 thoughts on “Hedon Annual Town Meeting and Open Forum

  1. The Council has published its Agenda for the Annual Town Meeting – We have reproduced this in the article above and here:

    (a) Attendance of Councillors – Will the Council set up a system to bring the
    Councillor before the Council or Personnel Committee to explain their
    actions?

    (b) Dangerous Footpath – The Council voted to take no action. Do you think
    this is a prudent decision? Are you not endangering the residents of
    Hedon?

    (c) Horsewell Restoration – The Council set up a working group, what decisions have the group made on the restoration of the pond?

    (d) Annual Town Meeting:

    (i) Why has the Council introduced a requirement for written questions,
    with seven days advance notice?
    (ii) When was this change to previous practice discussed and agreed by
    the full Council.

    (e) KC Broadband – Can the Council organise a petition from local people,
    schools, businesses, GP practices, the library and the Councillors to
    express the whole town’s desire for a better service from KC?

    (f) In relation to the ABP/Siemens investment and the lift it will give the economy of the area – The Town may have it’s historic status, but it doesn’t appear to have any clear plan for the inevitable future development of Hedon, other than trying to keep everything as it is – a recipe for stagnation not growth. How is the Council going to address this challenge on traffic, parking and drainage in particular with East Riding, Yorkshire Water and ABP?

    (g) Where are young people going to buy or rent in Hedon in the future as demand grows and supply doesn’t?

    1. The questions I wrote in with have been “edited” – they are not as orignally worded. Another reason why this pe-submitted, vetted system is a retrograde step.

  2. ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

    Clarification:-

    As the Town Clerk to Hedon Town Council the decision to amend the wording on the Annual Town meeting notice is mine. After considering samples of other town/parish meeting notices and following consultation and advice given by our advisory body it was felt that the original notice was no longer “fit for purpose”. The amended version gives residents a greater opportunity prior to the meeting to be informed of business to be discussed.

    Any questions submitted to me relating to the business of the town will be publicised on an agenda 7 days prior to the meeting so that all residents are aware of matters raised for discussion. The ability to make residents aware of issues to be discussed was one of the reasons changes were made to the notice. This also gives the opportunity for more detailed information to be prepared to enable full and concise answers to be given.

    The notice does not state any time limit on the meeting.

    The notice does not “insist” or say that questions can “only” be submitted in writing – it does state that questions submitted in writing will be heard first.

    Any questions relating to the business of the town ie business conducted by the Hedon Town Council will be dealt with. It should be noted that there is no procedure for matters relating to the conduct/behaviour of individual members to be dealt with by the Town Council and it is NOT the business of the Town Council to discuss issues that may/have/will arise(n) between individual members. Any issue(s) relating to individual councillors conduct/behaviour should be reported to and will be dealt with by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Standards Committee.

    TOWN CLERK
    HEDON TOWN COUNCIL

    1. I’ve had a look on the Counci website. The agenda is there, but no details of the questions or topics submitted as you mention above ? Are they going to be added for the public to see in advance ?

  3. I saw this on the Town Hall today. I agree with Neil ( thats twice now ! ) and the 2 Jims. It is a clumsy attempt to stop open challenges to the council’s decisions. Apart from the other points raised by Neil and Jim, about needing advance notice, time limited session and stopping any spontaneous questions,would a wriiten question writer even be able to ask a supplementary question once they’ve had a response ?

    As this is a new and clearly undemocratic in its intent, clearly the first question should be
    “Why has this been introduced ? And on whose say so ?”

  4. Im thinking already the questions we want to ask will not be allowed due to ongoing legal proceedings, Ive left lots of questions regards many different matters on here and have had no replies at all.

  5. This is the first time questions have had to be submitted before the meeting, seems the council are trying to stop any criticism that occurred at the last so called public participation meeting. What happens if they get loads of questions that take up the 30mins, will they only answer the questions that they want to answer and disregard the rest.

    1. I’m not at all impressed by Hedon Town Councils seemingly authoritarian new decision to have residents who wish to ask a question at an open forum to submit that question either in writing or by E-Mail at least one week beforehand, I expect the reason will be explained as for admin purposes, but it can be, and will be interpreted in different ways, What is so difficult in answering a face to face question?
      Pleased to remind Hedon residents that the wording of this notice clearly states that
      this is “an opportunity for registered electors living within the town who wish to attend to raise any issue of interest or concern with regard to matters in Hedon,”
      And why do letter writers have preference over E-Mail contributors in all this!
      Jim Uney,Hedon.

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