The council welcomes petitions and recognises that petitions are one way in which people can let us know their concerns. Anyone who lives, works or studies in the area can submit or sign a petition. All petitions sent or presented to the council will receive an acknowledgement from the council within 10 working days of receipt.
What are the guidelines for submitting a petition?
Petitions can be submitted to the council either on paper or electronically. Petitions submitted to the council must include:
- a clear, short statement covering the subject of the petition. It should state what action the petitioners wish the council to take.
- the name and address and signature of those supporters
How will the council respond to petitions?
Our response to a petition will depend on what a petition asks for. We will provide the petition organiser with a response to the petition within 28 days of receipt explaining what we've done or intend to do.
As mentioned earlier, petitions can also be set up electronically through the council's e-petition facility. An e-petition is a petition which collects signatures on-line. It is possible to create and sign and submit petitions on-line from the council's website via the following link.
A petition is one of many ways in which you can tell us about your concern. Before considering whether or not to raise a petition, you may want to discuss the issue by contacting Democratic Services on 01772 533380 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011
These Regulations cover the holding of a referendum on whether the local authority should change to a different form of governance where at least 5% of the local government electors in the authoritys area petition the authority. In 2014/15 the 5% figure equates to 45,262 electors.