Meetings of the council
All local authorities are legally required to hold various meetings. The number of meetings which must be held by a Town Council are specified by law and the procedure at meetings is regulated by standing orders. The legal code has been modernised and updated by Part 6 of the Local Government Act, 2001 which deals comprehensively with meetings and proceedings of local authorities.
The business to be transacted is that specified in the summons to a meeting which must be served on the members three days before the meeting. The mayor, or if he is absent, the deputy mayor, presides. If both are absent, members choose a councillor to take the chair. In the case of a split vote, the mayor has second or casting vote except in the election of mayor.
The mayor may call a meeting at any time, or any five members may call a meeting if the mayor, after requisition by five members to do so, refuses.
Page last updated: 28/04/11