Public petition scheme


The Council welcomes ePetitions which are created and submitted through our website:

ePetitions must follow the same guidelines as paper petitions. The petition organiser will need to provide us with their name, postal address and e-mail address. You will also need to decide how long you would like your petition to be open for signatures. Most petitions run for six months, but you can choose a shorter or longer timeframe, up to a maximum of 12 months.

When you create an ePetition, 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 resubmit your petition if you wish. If you do not do this within 10 working 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 ePetition has closed for signature, it will automatically be submitted to the Customer Services Manager. In the same way as a paper petition, you will receive an acknowledgement within 10 working days.

How do I sign an ePetition?

You can see all the e-petitions currently available for signature here:

When you sign an ePetition you will be asked to provide your name, your postcode and a valid email address. When you have submitted this information you will be sent an e-mail to the e-mail address you have provided. This e-mail will include a link which you must click on in order to confirm the e-mail address is valid. Once this step is complete your ‘signature’ will be added to the petition. People visiting the ePetition will be able to see your name in the list of those who have signed it, but your contact details will not be visible.

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