UPDATE: Restrictions on emails have been lifted

We now have sufficient confidence our systems and servers have not been affected by the recent cyber attack on our ICT provider, Sopra Steria, that we have lifted the block on external emails.

As you would expect, there are a large number of emails that have been quarantine but work is well under way to release them and should be completed by the end of tomorrow (Friday).

Thank you for your patience and support whilst we have worked to safely resolve the situation.    


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Guidance on rejecting petitions

Petitions which are considered to be vexatious, abusive or otherwise inappropriate will not be accepted. The information in a petition must be submitted in good faith and should not include:

  • potentially libelous, false, or defamatory statements
  • information which may be protected by an injunction or court order (for example, the identities of children in custody disputes)
  • material which is potentially confidential, commercially sensitive, or which may cause personal distress or loss
  • any commercial endorsement, promotion of any product, service or publication
  • URLs or web links (we cannot vet the content of external sites, and therefore cannot link to them from this site)
  • 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
  • any information that discriminates unfairly against someone by virtue of their race, faith, disability, sexual orientation, age or sex.


Please note that other procedures apply if a petition relates to a planning or licensing application, is a statutory petition (for example requesting a referendum on having an elected mayor), or on a matter where there is already an existing right of appeal (for example a school admission appeal).

The council's statutory officers (Head of Paid Service, Chief Financial Officer or Monitoring Officer) will be responsible for determining the validity of a petition. In addition the Monitoring Officer will have a discretion whether or not to accept signatures from people living, working or studying outside the county border where, for example, there is a issue which is relevant to Gloucestershire and also to an area just outside of the county.

For further advice please contact Democratic Services (Simon Harper: 01452 324202, email simon.harper@gloucestershire.gov.uk)

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