What is a 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. A petition is a 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. A petition is set up by downloading and filling in a simple form and then seeking the support of others (note: a paper copy of the form can be posted to you).
What can my petition relate to?
Before creating your petition, please refer to our criteria and procedures. These detail the criteria that require to be met along with other key information on the scope and purpose of petitions.
Submitting a petition
Your completed form should be submitted to us, contact details are on this page, or by delivering it to John Muir House in Haddington. They may contact you to discuss your petition before taking it forward with council officers. It is the responsibility of the lead petitioner to promote their petition and to invite other people to 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.
Who can sign a petition?
Anyone can sign a petition; all we need from you is your name and address. Any personal details you provide will be held only by East Lothian Council. Your details will not be used for any purposes other than in relation to the petition that you have signed.
What happens once a petition has been submitted?
Your request for a 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 and Community Empowerment Review Committee may contact you to discuss your petition before confirmation is emailed to you.
The Clerk to the Petitions and Community Empowerment Review Committee will work with relevant council officers to seek to resolve the issue(s) outlined in the petition. Petitions will only be referred to the Petitions and Community Empowerment Review Committee if the issue(s) cannot be resolved by other means.
Should the petition be referred to the Petitions and Community Empowerment Review Committee, you will be advised of the date of the meeting 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.