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If you live, work or study in Leicestershire you can submit a petition or e-petition and we will look into it. Your petition should relate to an area that the council has authority over.
What to include
Your petition should be clear and concise – setting out the issue you’re concerned about and what action you would like us to consider.
Signatories to a petition need to provide their name and address (including email address if it is an e-petition).
You should include your contact details as the ‘lead petitioner’, so we can communicate with you on behalf of all the people supporting your petition.
Submitting your petition
You can submit paper petitions to:
Head of Democratic Services
Chief Executives Department
County Hall, Glenfield
Petitions cannot be submitted to either the Cabinet or to full Council unless they relate to a matter that is on the agenda for a meeting, or they have gathered over 10,000 signatures. A petition which gathers over 10,000 signatures will trigger a debate at a Council meeting attended by all County Councillors – known as ‘full Council’.
Acknowledging a petition
We’ll send an acknowledgement to the lead petitioner within 10 working days of receiving the petition, and will advise what happens next.
There are two options for how petitions can be dealt with:
- The petition can be presented at the meeting or Highway Forum (the lead petitioner will be advised by an officer from Democratic Services regarding which meeting would be the most appropriate) or the local County Councillor can present the petition if they agree. Petitions must be received by the Chief Executive’s Department at least 8 clear days before the meeting it is to be presented at.
- Alternatively, the lead petitioner can request an officer response to the petition without consideration at a meeting.
At the meeting
- The lead petitioner or County Councillor will be asked to read the wording of the petition and state the number of people who have signed the petition.
- The Chairman of the meeting may invite the lead petitioner to explain the background of the issue where they think it would be helpful.
- Please note that speakers cannot join in the following debate at the meeting.
Councillors will then discuss the issues raised:
- they may come to a decision there and then
- or ask the relevant Chief Officer to respond in writing
- or refer the petition to another body or to a Chief Officer and request a report back
The contact details provided to us will not be published and we will not contact you unless you are the Lead Petitioner or we need to clarify matters regarding the specific petition you’ve submitted/signed. Your details will not be passed on to any third party.