We now have the facility to allow anyone who lives, works or is a student in Cannock Chase District to submit (or sign) an electronic petition on-line.
Upon 'signing' or submitting a petition your name will be shown on this website. Other details submitted will be held but will only be passed on to departments responsible for processing the petition and to Elected Members.
How do I start an ePetition?
On the ePetitions homepage, you should select the 'Submit a new ePetition' option.
You will then need to fill in the online form. This will be submitted to Member Services and an officer may contact you to discuss your ePetition before it goes live.
Local District councillor(s) will be notified when a petition is received which is relevant to his/her Ward.
To what issues can an ePetition relate?
An ePetition should be relevant to some issue on which the Council has powers or duties or for which it has shared delivery responsibilities through the Local Area Agreement or other partnership arrangement.
An ePetition should be submitted in good faith and be decent, honest and respectful.
An ePetition may be rejected if it:
- Contains inflammatory, abusive or provocative language.
- Is defamatory, frivolous, vexatious, discriminatory or otherwise offensive; or contains false statement.
- Is too similar to another petition submitted recently.
- Discloses confidential or exempt information, including information protected by a court order or government department.
- Discloses material which is commercially sensitive.
- Names individuals, or provides information where they may be easily identified, e.g. individual members or officers of public bodies.
- Makes criminal accusations.
- Contains advertising statements.
- Refers to an issue which is currently the subject of a formal complaint, to the Council, the Local Ombudsman complaint; or the subject or possible subject of any legal proceedings.
The Council accepts no liability for the petitions on these web pages.
The views expressed in the petition do not necessarily reflect those of the Council. Advice on the admissibility of ePetitions can be obtained from the Member Services department (Telephone: 01543 462621).
What can ePetitions achieve?
When you submit an ePetition to the Council it can have positive outcomes that lead to change and inform debate. It can bring an issue to the attention of the Council and show strong public approval or disapproval for something which the Council is doing. As a consequence, the Council may decide to, for example, change or review a policy, hold a public meeting or run a public consultation to gather more views on the issue.
Can you still submit a paper petition?
Yes, you can still submit a paper petition.
A petition may also gather names and addresses in both forms - you can have a paper version and an online version, although repeat names will be removed. Both forms should run for the same period of time and must be submitted together. Please inform the Member Services department if you are running a combined paper and electronic petition.
For more information and advice please view comprehensive guidance here, or to discuss a potential ePetition, please contact:
Cannock Chase Council
Tel: 01543 462621 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cannock Chase Council reserves the right to vary these guidelines as and when necessary.
Last Updated: 23/03/2017