Tuesday 18th May saw the Marlow Town Council (MTC) Annual Meeting, the formal gathering of the council, including newly elected Councillors.
Unlike all other MTC meetings this past year, the event was “real, in person” but also live streamed on Facebook.
Town Clerk, Hilary Martin explained “We have managed well the past year with Zoom meetings, but from the 6th May it became a legal requirement for local councils to meet in person. Because this legal requirement contradicts many Covid guidelines many Councils have abandoned meeting in person until the next easing of restrictions due on June 21st. In addition, given the recent elections, the newly elected Council had to formally meet now otherwise they would not legally have any decision-making powers.”
The meeting was open to the public but to comply with Covid rules only limited numbers could enter the room, so it was also livestreamed on Facebook for all to see.
Usually, MTC would also hold the Parish Meeting on the same day, immediately before this meeting. This is where the council updates us on the past year, what has been achieved, and what is planned, and the public can ask questions. Hilary also told us “The parish report will be issued in the Marlovian magazine on June 7th, and The Council is looking forward to a return to normal meetings from June 21st.”
The Annual Meeting
The main purpose was to vote in the Mayor, Leader of the Council and deputies, plus fill all the various committees.
Richard Scott continues as Mayor, with Jocelyn Towns moving to Deputy Mayor. The Mayor paid tribute to previous Councillors who stood down this time – with 46 years combined service between them. He also confirmed his charity for the year would be Thames Hospice.
Chris Funnell is the new Leader of the Council, with newly elected Chris Hoyle as deputy.
Cllr Funnell outlined the Council’s vision, and of note mentioned the creation of a new committee to be focused entirely on the environment, intended to deliver significant change.
Your new Town Council
Here’s our town councillors, in alphabetical order – with “New Entries” highlighted. Good luck to all of them, thanks in advance for your time and efforts!