Part 5 - Petition Scheme
Below is the Petition Scheme.
- Gloucestershire County Council Petition Scheme
- What are the guidelines for submitting a petition?
- What will the Council do when it receives my petition?
- Full Council debates
- How do I submit a petition to the County Council?
- What happens after a petition has been submitted to the County Council?
If a petition contains more than 5,000 signatures it will be debated by the full Council. This means that the issue raised in the petition will be discussed at a meeting which all councillors can attend. The Council will endeavour to consider the petition at its next meeting, although on some occasions this may not be possible and consideration will then take place at the following meeting. Petitions must be received by Democratic Services at least 10 clear working days ahead of the meeting.
The petition organiser will be given five minutes to present the petition at the meeting and the petition will then be discussed by councillors for 15 minutes. This may be extended at the discretion of the Chair of Council up to a maximum of 30 minutes.
The options open to the Council are limited. The Council may simply decide to note the petition. Where the issue is one on which the Council executive is required to make the final decision, the Council will decide whether to make recommendations to inform that decision.