This is a recent comment that Owl is upgrading into a post in its own right. It raises fundamental questions about the constitutionality and legality of cancelling the Annual Meeting.
We are in dangerous waters.
Is it allowed by the EDDC Constitution to cancel the Annual Council Meeting?
The rules for the Annual Meeting are enshrined in Part 4 of the Constitution https://eastdevon.gov.uk/media/3453999/part-4-rules-for-procedure.pdf and they state that it MUST take place in May. They also state that it is the responsibility of the CEO and not the Chairman of the Council to call meetings. Given that Council meetings need to be announced at least 5 days in advance (and assuming that the CEO will only do this on working days), that leaves only 5 working days left to call the Annual Meeting.
Or are we simply going to see the same disregard for Constitution and Democracy from the current leadership that we see from the Conservative Government?