If you would like to present a petition to the council you will need to ensure that the petition meets the requirements of the Statutory Petition Scheme.
If your petition falls under the statutory scheme criteria and has received 500 signatures or more it will be scheduled for a council debate. If this is the case, we will let you know when this will happen.
In general, a petition should include a brief title and a short statement covering the subject matter of the petition. The petition should clearly state what action the petitioner wishes the council to take. The petition will be returned to you for further clarification if the petition is unclear.
More information is available about our petitions scheme in the council's constitution.
What is an e-petition?
E-petitions allow you to have your petition on the internet, rather than just on paper. This way, your petition and supporting information can be made available to a potentially much wider audience, giving you the opportunity to gather more names to support the petition.
E-petitions also allows you to support a petition by adding your name and address online.
What does an e-petition need to contain?
You will be asked to give your name, address, email address and the title and text of your petition. You will be able to specify a start and finish date for your petition.
The information contained in a petition must be submitted in good faith and be decent, honest and respectful. If factual inaccuracies are found in your e-petition, we will contact you to point these out and give you an opportunity to reconsider the wording of your petition.
Why might an e-petition be refused?
E-Petitions will be rejected if they are defamatory, frivolous, offensive or factually inaccurate.
Any e-petitions that are rejected will be published on this website, along with the reason(s) why it was rejected.
What happens when the e-petition closes?
Our response to a petition will depend on what a petition asks for and how many people have signed it, but may include one or more of the following:
- taking the action requested in the petition
- considering the petition at a Council meeting
- holding an inquiry into the matter
- undertaking research into the matter
- holding a public meeting
- holding a consultation
- holding a meeting with petitioners
- calling a referendum
- writing to the petition organiser setting out our views about the request in the petition
If an e-petition receives 500 signatures, it can be presented by the principal petitioner or by a councillor on his or her behalf at a meeting of full council.
How do I create an e-petition?
Please complete the Create an e-Petition online form. We will contact you if we require any further information.
How do I sign an e-petition?
Please complete the Sign an e-Petition online form. You will be asked to select the e-Petition you wish to sign.
Help to halt plans to turn a town centre garden into a car park
At its meeting on 7 March 2019, the council received a petition titled ‘Help to halt plans to turn a town centre garden into a car park’ signed by 1770 online and via a paper petition.
As the petition had received over 500 signatures, there was a debate at the full council meeting.
The council agreed that the current project to create additional car parking spaces be put on hold with only remedial works being undertaken and the Director of Growth and Regeneration be tasked with reviewing the scheme.