e-Petition Guidelines

Guidance for the Petitioner

You (the Principal Petitioner) can use this e-Petitions feature to create an online petition about a topic that you wish the Council to address. Proposed e-petitions must satisfy some basic conditions in order for them to be approved by the Council and published on this website.

To propose a new e-petition, use the online template to provide:

  • the title or subject
  • a clear and concise statement covering the subject of the e-petition. It should state what action the Principal Petitioner wishes the Council to take. The Council will liaise with the Petitioner to edit the wording of the e-petition if it is unclear what action is being sought
  • the Principal Petitioner's name and contact address (in case we need to contact you about the e-petition though this will not be placed on the website)
  • a duration for the e-petition

The information in the e-petition must be submitted in good faith. In order for the e-petition to be admissible, you must not include:

  • potentially libellous, false, or defamatory statements
  • information which may be protected by an injunction or court order
  • material which is potentially confidential, commercially sensitive, or which may cause personal distress or loss to an individual, or individuals
  • any commercial endorsement, promotion of any product, service or publication
  • the names of individual officials of public bodies, unless they are part of the senior management of those organisations
  • the names of family members of elected representatives or officials of public bodies
  • the names of individuals, or information where they may be identified, in relation to criminal accusations
  • language which is offensive, intemperate, or provocative. This not only includes obvious swear words and insults, but any language to which people reading it could reasonably take offence

How the Council will manage the e-Petition

We, the Council, reserve the right to reject:

  • e-petitions that are similar to, and/or overlap with, an existing e-petition that has been considered in the past 12 months
  • e-petitions which ask for things outside the remit or powers of the Council
  • e-Petitions whihc do not meet the above standards

e-Petitions that do not follow these guidelines cannot be accepted. In these cases, you will be informed of the reason(s) your e-petition has been refused. If this happens, we will give you the option of altering and resubmitting the e-petition so it can be accepted.

Once accepted, e-petitions will be made available on the website for anyone to sign. Anyone signing the e-petition must provide their name, address (including a valid postcode) and a verifiable email address. No personal details other than their name will be published on the site. Information about any individual will not be used for any other purpose than in relation to the e-petition, unless they choose to sign up for other services offered on this website. You can read more on this in our privacy policy.

Your e-petition will be available on this website until the specified closing date. If, however, during this time it becomes clear that your e-petition is not being run in accordance with the terms, we reserve the right to withdraw it. If this happens, we will contact you first to allow you to address the concerns we raise and we will only remove the e-petition as a last resort.