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How do I submit a petition?

Sign petitions and create new petitions online

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Create a new petition

You can also submit paper petitions to:
Chief Executive, South Tyneside Council, Town Hall and Civic Offices, Westoe Road, South Shields, NE33 2RL.

What can I petition about?

You can submit petitions on:

  • Things the Council is responsible for
  • Issues that affect South Tyneside which the Council can influence
  • Anything that can improve the economic, social or environmental wellbeing of the Borough, which the Council or its partners can contribute to.

Who can submit a petition?

Anyone who lives, works or studies in South Tyneside, including under 18s, can sign or organise a petition.

You should first check to see if:

  • The Council is already acting on your concern
  • The Council is the most appropriate body to receive your petition

You can do this by contacting the Council or your local Councillor.

Who can sign a petition? 

A petition can be signed by anyone who lives, works or studies in South Tyneside.

What will not be accepted as a petition?

In certain circumstances some petitions may not be accepted, including:

  • If the petition applies to a planning application
  • If it is a statutory petition (for example, asking for a referendum on having an elected Mayor)
  • If the petition is on a matter where there is already an existing right of appeal or a separate complaints process
  • Any petition which we consider to be intended to cause distress or is abusive or otherwise inappropriate (we will explain the reasons for this)
  • Where a person or organisation (or someone on their behalf) has submitted a petition which is the same, or substantially the same as one submitted, within the last 12 months.

What do I need to say in my petition?

You must include a clear and concise statement explaining what the petition is for.

It should state:

  • What action you wish the Council to take;
  • The name, address and signature of any person supporting the petition (the address can be an address where the person lives, works or studies).

Petitions should also include the name, address and contact details of the petition organiser. This is the person we will contact to explain how we will respond to the petition. We may refer to this person as the Lead Petitioner.

The contact details of the petition organiser will not be published on the website. If the petition does not name a petition organiser, and it is not clear from the petition who this person might be, we will normally contact the person whose name appears first on the petition.

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