Guidelines for submitting a petition
Petitions submitted to the Council should relate to a matter which is a function of the Council or relate to the economic, social or environmental well being of Gloucestershire.
They should have at least 25 signatures and must include:
- A clear and concise statement covering the subject of the petition and include details of what action the petitioners wish the Council to take.
- The name, the address in Gloucestershire where they live work or study and signature of any person supporting the petition.
Petitions should be accompanied by contact details, including an address for the petition organiser. This is the person we will contact to explain how we will respond to the petition. The contact details of the petition organiser will not be placed on the website. If the petition does not identify a petition organiser, we will contact signatories to the petition to agree who should act as the petition organiser.
Petitions which are considered to be vexatious, abusive or otherwise inappropriate will not be accepted. In the period immediately before an election or referendum we may need to deal with your petition differently - if this is the case we will explain the reasons and discuss the revised timescale which will apply. If a petition does not follow the guidelines set out above, the Council may decide not to do anything further with it. In that case, we will write to you to explain the reasons.
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 can accept signatures from people living, working or studying outside the county border where, for example, there is an issue which is relevant to Gloucestershire and also to an area that borders the county.