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Petitioning is one of many ways that you can engage in the democratic process.


It is now possible to start and support a petition online. This means that the petition can be made available to a potentially much wider audience, giving you the opportunity to gather more names in support. The e-petitioning system also allows the principal petitioner the opportunity to provide background information, including links to other web sites or photographs, and provides the opportunity for online debate, giving decision makers the chance to see the strength of feeling about the issue. You can run an online petition at the same time as a paper petition, combining the two before submitting them to the Council.

When you create an e-petition, it may take five working days before it is published online.  This is because we have to check that the content of your petition is suitable before it is made available for signature.  If we feel we cannot publish your petition for some reason, we will contact you within this time to explain.  You will be able to change and re-submit your petition if you wish.  If you do not do this within 14 days, a summary of the petition, and the reason why it has not been accepted, will be published under the 'rejected petitions' section of the website.

When an e-petition has closed for signature, you will receive an acknowledgement  within 10 days.  If you would like to present your e-petition to a meeting of the Council, please contact Democratic Services within five days of the petition closing.

A petition acknowledgement and response will be emailed to everyone who has signed the e-petition and elected to receive this information.  The acknowledgement and response will also be published on this website.