Dunwich Parish Meeting
Not every civil parish has a parish council, smaller ones, typically those with an electorate of fewer than 200, have what is known as a Parish Meeting instead. Dunwich, as a very small village, does not have a Parish Council. Instead, there is a Parish Meeting which any resident or visitor can attend and at which anyone on the (parliamentary) electoral register may vote. The Meeting discusses any and all matters relating to the village and its environs, including planning applications, infrastructure, and coastal defence. Meetings take place on or close to the last Friday of January, April, July and October, the April meeting being the AGM.
Parish meetings are a form of direct democracy, which is uncommon in the United Kingdom, which primarily uses representative democracy.