What are the guidelines for submitting a petition?

What you must include

 A concise statement

  • Petitions submitted to the council must include a concise statement covering the subject of the petition.
  • It should state what action the petitioners wish the council to take and the name, address and signature of any person supporting the petition.

Contact details

  • Petitions should be accompanied by contact details, including an address, for the petition organiser. This is the person we will contact to explain how we will respond to the petition.
  • The contact details of the petition organiser will not be placed on the website.
  • If the petition does not identify a petition organiser, we will contact signatories to the petition to agree who should act as the petition organiser.

Inappropriate Petitions

Petitions which are considered by the council’s Monitoring Officer to be vexatious, abusive or otherwise inappropriate will not be accepted.

If there is an election or referendum taking place

In the period immediately before an election or referendum we may be required by law to deal with your petition differently. 

If this is the case we will explain the reasons and discuss the revised timescale which will apply.

Please note

If a petition does not follow the guidelines set out above, the council may decide not to do anything further with it. In that case, we will write to you to explain the reasons

 

For further information on petitions please click here