Questions about town and parish councils
Follow Councillor Q&A on X/Twitter

Follow us on X/Twitter

0 votes
We are a parish council of eleven councillors but at present we only have seven, a councillor proposed an extraordinary meeting where only three councillors turned up, I believe that the meeting was inquorate although some are saying because we only have seven councillors it was quorate, our district council legal section say it was not quorate but have not confirmed this in writing so the question is, was it quorate or not, any advice please.
by (460 points)

2 Answers

0 votes
Check your standing orders where it should be defined and is on the number of council places not the number of elected councillors( or co-opted) sitting on the council
by (27.0k points)
Hi, thanks that is what I thought and was confirmed by someone in the legal section on our district council but it seems that they are reluctant to put it in writing, we have some new councillors from May this year who seem to have their own agenda for being on the PC
Damn those “new” Cllrs with there disruptive ways….

If they don’t understand quorate / non quorate that’s a very different issue to having “their own agenda.”

“Agendas” often arise when incumbents become entrenched.
Don’t fear change EMBRACE it - love & peace
When I say having their own agenda, one is a small time developer and he's trying to get PP atm on something local and whether he thinks he can get support from the PC because he's on it, I think he's also promoted by a bit of a troublemaker in the village, that's what I meant, another councillor wants to be chair of the PC and will do most things to get it
0 votes
Agree the meeting was inquorate.  The minimum is one third of the number of seats, rounded up, so your minimum is 4 but you can set it higher so check standing orders.
by (19.1k points)

Welcome to Town & Parish Councillor Q&A, where you can ask questions and receive answers from other members of the community. All genuine questions and answers are welcome. Follow us on Twitter to see the latest questions as they are asked - click on the image button above or follow @TownCouncilQA. Posts from new members may be delayed as we are unfortunately obliged to check each one for spam. Spammers will be blacklisted.

You may find the following links useful:

We have a privacy policy and a cookie policy.

Clares Cushions logo Peacock cushion

Clare's Cushions creates beautiful hand made cushions and home accessories from gorgeous comtemporary fabrics. We have a fantastic selection of prints including Sophie Allport and Orla Kiely designs and most covers can be ordered either alone or with a cushion inner. Buying new cushions is an affordable and effective way to update your home interior, they're also a great gift idea. Visit our site now

2,965 questions
5,787 answers
10,081 users
Google Analytics Alternative