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The Council's petition scheme enables all people resident, working or studying in the district to petition the Council and to obtain a response that either meets their expectations or provides a reasoned explanation for why those expectations cannot be met. However, before considering whether or not to raise a petition to the Council, you may want to discuss your issue with your local District Councillor (Member) who may be able to help you with it or explain how to make representations on a particular subject to the right person at the Council.
Petitions may be submitted in paper form or by using the e-petitions facility - or a combination of both provided there is no duplication of signatures.
If a petition contains a minimum of 1,000 signatures of persons resident, working or studying within the District, the Council will debate it or, if it is a petition asking for a senior council officer to give evidence at the Scrutiny and Overview Committee about something for which they are responsible as part of their job, a minimum of 250 signatures is needed. Full details of the scheme are set out in Part 4J of the Council's Constitution.
We will always respond to your petition no matter how many or how few signatures you have collected.