How we will respond to your petition

All petitions will be placed on the agenda at a meeting of Borough Council.

At this meeting the purpose of the petition and number of signatures will be heard.

Petitions will normally be considered at the next planned meeting of the full Council, but must be received at least 8 working days before the date of the meeting.

There will be no debate at the meeting of Borough Council. The meeting will refer the petition to an appropriate body who will consider the most appropriate action, which may include one or more of the following:

  • taking the action requested in the petition
  • carrying out research into the matter
  • holding an inquiry into the matter
  • holding a meeting with the people who have signed the petition
  • carrying out consultation
  • holding a public meeting
  • referring the petition to one of the Council's Community Area Forums (CAFs) 
  • referring the petition to be considered by one of the Council's Select / Scrutiny Committees
  • holding a public meeting
  • considering the petition at a subsequent Council meeting
  • writing to the petition organiser setting out our views about the request in the petition

Petitions that have been referred to an appropriate officer

Where Borough Council has referred the petition to an appropriate officer, you will be advised the name and contact details of the officer dealing with the petition.

The officer, in consultation with the Lead Member, will consider the next steps and contact you regarding further action to be taken.

Petitions that have been referred to a Community Area Forum

Where the Borough Council has referred the petition to a Community Area Forum, you will be advised of the date and location of the meeting and a contact name and number of the person dealing with your petition.