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Petitions

The petitions process allows members of the public to have direct influence on the political process and to raise concerns that are important to them.

Anyone who lives, works or studies in Allerdale, including under 18's, can sign or organise a petition. However, the minimum age of a person who can sign the petition is ten.

Before setting up a petition, do check the verification number. If you need any help, then contact our electoral services team.

What can a petition be about?

Members of the public can submit petitions on the following:

  • Issues relating to the Council's responsibilities.
  • Issues which affect the Borough or communities in Allerdale, as long as the Council is a position to exercise some degree of influence.
  • Anything relating to an improvement in the economic, social or environmental well-being of the area to which any of the Council's partners could contribute.

The Council will respond to all the petitions it receives. We will be as flexible as we can when handling your petition so that it is considered quickly and in the most appropriate way.

How do I submit a petition?

Petitions can be either paper or electronic. All petitions sent or presented to the Council will receive an acknowledgement from the council within 14 days of receipt. This acknowledgement will set out what we plan to do with the petition.

A petition is defined as a communication in writing or using an electronic facility which is signed by the appropriate number of qualifying persons.

Paper petitions can be sent to the Democratic Services Manager at our main office.

If the petition is in electronic form it must be made using the Council’s e-petitions facility.

What will the Council do when it receives my petition?

We will acknowledge the petition within 14 days of receiving it and let the petition organiser know what we plan to do with the petition and when they can expect to hear from us again. It will also be published on this webpage.

What can I do if I feel my petition has not been dealt with properly?

If you feel that we have not dealt with your petition properly, the petition organiser has the right to request that the Scrutiny Board review the steps that the Council has taken in response to your petition.

The Scrutiny Board will consider your request within 30 days of receiving it. Should members feel that the Council has not dealt with your petition adequately, it may use any of its powers to deal with the matter.

These powers include instigating an investigation, making recommendations to the executive or arranging for the matter to be considered at a meeting of the full Council.

Download Allerdale Borough Council's petition scheme