These meetings are, of course, open to the public and so I thought that I would call in at Whipsnade last night having already been to Hyde last week.
It's a great chance to keep up to date with issues within the parishes - I know from my experience as a parish councillor that a good working relationship with the ward councillor is mutually beneficial. Parish Councils have a different function to the unitary authority; it is important to understand those roles and then how to co-ordinate both for the benefit of the communities.
Many thanks to the councillors of Hyde and then Whipsnade, all of whom gave a warm welcome. It is interesting to compare what the various parishes have in common in the way that they approach their role, and where they differ.
In the interests of balance, it was pointed out to these Parish Councils that I am not the only candidate for Caddington Ward in the by-election, even if I was the only one to show an interest in Parish Council meetings.