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Guidelines for submitting a petition

Petitions submitted to the Council must include:-

  • a clear and concise 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 the persons supporting the petition
  • a closing date should be set by the petition organiser. Where no closing date has been identified, the Borough Council will set this as six weeks from the date the petition was received.

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 Council's 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.

Petitions which are considered to be vexatious, abusive or otherwise inappropriate will not be accepted.

In the period immediately before an election or referendum we may need to deal with your petition differently - if this is the case we will explain the reasons and discuss the revised timescale which will apply.

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.