If you live, work or study in the District of North West Leicestershire and feel strongly about a service or issue, you can submit a petition to us.
How do I submit a petition?
Anyone who lives, works or studies in the district may submit a petition to us.
The request to present a petition must be submitted in writing or email to the Petitions Officer.
Paper petitions should be sent to:
The Petitions Officer
North West Leicestershire District Council
You can also submit an online petition.
What are the guidelines?
Petitions submitted must:
- Include a clear and concise statement covering the subject of the petition. It should state what action the petitioners wish us to take
- It should relate to an issue which affects the District and/or over which we have some influence
- Include the name and address and signature of every person supporting the petition. The address should be that at which you live, work or study in the district
- Include the contact details, including an address and telephone number, for the petition organiser. This is the person we will contact to explain how we will respond to the petition. If the petition does not identify a petition organiser, we will contact the first signatory to the petition
- We won't accept petitions where there are no contact details for the petition organiser or the first signatory.
What will happen to my petition?
We will acknowledge all petitions submitted to us within two working days of getting them.
We will aim to provide you with details about what we plan to do with your petition or the action we will take within 10 working days of receiving your petition.
For further information on the different types of petition and the manner we will deal with them, please see the full petitions scheme.
What issues can my petition relate to?
Your petition should relate to an issue which affects the district and/or over which we have some influence.
How should I set out my petition?
See below a blank template for your use. This template will make sure your petition is set out in the correct way and contains all the information required.
Petition Template (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)
Petitions should include a clear and concise statement covering the subject of the petition, and should state what action you would like us to take.
Petitions should include the name, address and telephone number of the petition organiser. This is the person the Council will contact to explain how it will respond to the petition.
Petitions should include the name, address and signature of every person supporting the petition.
How many signatures do I need?
There are number of types of petition, and each type requires a different number of signatures. The types of petition are:
|Type of petition||Number of signatories required||Description|
|Ordinary petition||15||An opportunity to present a petition to full Council. Ordinary petitions may also be dealt with directly by officers or Cabinet members.|
|Petitions to hold an officer to account||1000||You can ask a senior officer to answer questions on the conduct of a particular matter, explain progress on an issue, or explain the advice given to members to enable them to make a particular decision.|
|Petitions for debate||2000||If you want the petition to be reported and debated at a full Council meeting by councillors.|
What will happen to my petition?
In the first instance, we will try to resolve issues raised by a petition directly, where appropriate. How we respond to a petition will depend on what the petition asks for and how many people have signed it.
How can I find out what is happening with my petition?
We will aim to provide you with details about what we plan to do with your petition or the action we will take within 10 working days of getting your petition.
The petitions website will also be updated through the process of consideration of the petition to ensure you can track progress.
Why has my petition been rejected?
The Petitions Officer may reject petitions which are, in his/her opinion:
- not concerned with an issue which affects the district or do not raise matters over which we have responsibility or has some influence
- defamatory, illegal, scurrilous, frivolous, offensive, out of order or relates to a specific licensing or planning application
- relates to substantially the same issue / subject as a petition which has been received by us in the last 12 months
- requests usto do something which conflicts with council policy.
Please see the full petitions scheme for further information.
Last updated: Wed 5 August, 2020 @ 10:35