East Lothian Council

Petitions

General information

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  • What is an petition?
  • What can my petition relate to?
  • How do I start an petition?
  • What information do I need to provide?
  • Who can sign an petition?
  • What happens once an petition has been submitted?
  • Can I still submit a paper petition?

What is an petition?

One of the easiest and most popular ways for members of the public to engage in the democratic process is to sign a petition. An petition is an online method of petitioning your local Council to take action on issues or services that it has the power or duty to change and for bringing issues to the attention of our Councillors. An petition is set up by filling in a simple online form. Once a petition has been approved, other people can easily and quickly add their support to live petitions, until a specified closing date, via East Lothian Council website.

What can my petition relate to?

Please refer to our criteria and procedures and frequently asked questions before creating your petition. These detail the criteria that require to be met along with other key information on the scope and purpose of petitions.

How do I start an petition?

You can submit and complete your petition online. Your completed form will be submitted to the Democratic Services Team who may contact you to discuss your petition before it goes live on the website. It is the responsibility of the lead petitioner to promote their petition and to invite other people go online and add their support.

What information do I need to provide?

Your petition will need to include a title, the petition details, including a clear statement of the action you would like the Council to take, the actions already taken to resolve the issue and lead petitioner name and contact details. Your name will be displayed on the website as the lead petitioner. When completing the form you will be prompted to provide a start and end date for your petition.

The start date should be at least 5 working days after you submit your form, to allow time for checking and processing. Your petition can be on-line for up to 3 months, after which it will be submitted to the next meeting of the Petitions Committee for consideration. You can find out when the Petitions Comittee will be meeting here.

Who can sign an petition?

You do not have to be a registered user of East Lothian Council website to sign an petition; all we need from you is your name and country of residence. These details will then appear on the website. Any other personal details you provide will be held only by East Lothian Council, who host the petition system. Your details will not be used for any purposes other than in relation to the petition that you have signed.

East Lothian Council monitors the site and duplicate, offensive and improbable signatures will be removed. You can only sign an petition once. Click the link to add your details to a current petition.

What happens once an petition has been submitted?

Your request for an petition will be considered by the Democratic Services Team and checked to ensure that it meets the criteria. You will be emailed within 5 working days to let you know the outcome. The Clerk to the Petitions Committee may contact you to discuss your petition before confirmation is emailed to you.

You will be advised of the date when your petition will be presented to the Petition’s Committee and you will be invited to attend and present your petition in person. You will be given 5 minutes to present to the Committee members.

Confirmation of the outcome of the meeting will be emailed to you within 5 working days of the meeting.

Can I still submit a paper petition?

It is possible to have both an online and paper version of your petition. However, any duplicated name will be removed. Any signatures collected on a paper form should be submitted to the Clerk to the Petitions Committee by the date that your online petition closes.

A fully paper based petition can also be raised without an accompanying petition. Click the link to download and print the form. Alternatively, you can contact the Clerk to the Petitions Committee and a form will be posted to you. 

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