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Rules for Submitting a Petition
A petition is a written or spoken request to do something. It is usually addressed to a government official or public body.
You can start a petition by completing the Online Petition Form
When a petition has closed online, send your petition directly to the council department or service.
We may deal with your petition in a different way if it is before an election, but we will let you know and explain the reasons.
If your petition does not follow the rules we may decide not to do anything further with it, but we will write to you to explain our reasons.
When you write your petition, you must include:
Your petition must be about one of the following:
Petitions must not:
You can use online petition websites, such as change.org, and other digital methods to create petitions. We have a duty to protect against fraudulent activity, however, so any online petition from a website other than our own must be accompanied by 10 or more handwritten signatures of Thurrock residents alongside their names and addresses.
How to present your petition.
You can present your petition at:
Find out the dates of our meetings.
If you want to present a petition at one of our meetings, you must tell us no later than midday the day before the meeting
You must tell us:
If you want to present your petition at a meeting or give it to us in person, you should contact:
You can speak for up to 2 minutes at the meeting to tell councillors what your petition is about.
We will not discuss your petition at the meeting, unless there is a report on the agenda that covers the issue in your petition.
We will tell you about what will happen at the meeting when you contact us about presenting your petition.
Use our website to start a petition online. You will find instructions about how to do this on the site.
To create a petition online, you will need to:
A petition can remain open for up to 12 months
When you create a petition we will check it is suitable before we publish it online. This could take up to 5 working days.
If we cannot publish your petition, we will contact you to explain why. This could take up to 5 working days. You will be able to change and resubmit your petition if you wish.
When your petition closes, we will contact you within 10 working days.
Contact us if you would like to present your petition at one of our meetings. We will talk you through how to do this.
You can see all the online petitions on our consultations website.
When you sign an online petition, we will ask you to provide:
We will send an message to the email address you provided. This will include a link you can click on to confirm your email address.
Your 'signature' will then be added to the petition.
How we will deal with your petition?
Within 10 working days of receiving your petition, we will contact you in writing or by email you to tell you:
Depending on what your petition asks for and how many people signed it, our response could be:
We will always tell you the actions we have taken
Petitions we can't deal with.
Where a process is already in place for you to voice your opinion, the existing process will be followed. This includes:
If your petition is about failures to deliver the services listed above, we will consider it. Contact us for advice, before starting your petition.
If your petition is similar to another petition, we will not consider it within 12 months. Please check details of previous petitions, before starting your petition.
Petitions about planning, licensing or consultation response.
Processes are already in place for people to voice their opinions about planning, licensing and responses to consultation.
If your petition is about planning, send it to:
This includes matters concerning:
If your petition is about licensing, send it to:
Assistant Director of EnvironmentThurrock Council, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL
This includes matters concerning:
If your petition is about something we are currently consulting about, you should contact the council department responsible for the consultation directly.
Full Council debates.
If your petition has more than 1,500 signatures, we will check to see if it qualifies for a full council debate.
We will try to consider your petition at our next meeting. If this isn't possible, we'll consider it at the following meeting
We will give you 5 minutes to present your petition. Councillors will then have up to 15 minutes to discuss it. They will decide how to respond to your petition. This could include:
If the council executive needs to make the final decision about your petition, we will write to you to confirm the decision. We will also publish our decision on our website.
Petitioning senior officers to give evidence
If your petition has at least 750 signatures, you can ask for a senior council officer to give evidence at a public meeting about something they are responsible for. You can ask us to explain:
You can request which officer you would like to give evidence.
Article 12 of our constitution lists senior staff that can be called to give evidence.
We may decide that it is more appropriate for another officer to give evidence. For example, if the officer named in your petition has changed jobs. The committee may also decide to call the relevant cabinet member to attend the meeting.
Our overview and scrutiny committee members will ask the questions at the meeting. You can suggest questions to the committee's chair, by contacting us up to 3 working days before the meeting.