The Council welcomes petitions and recognises that petitions are one way in which people can let us know their concerns. Full details of these guidelines are available in the Council’s Petition Scheme which is found in Part 5 (i) of the Constitution. Anyone who lives, works or studies in the Borough of Southend-on-Sea (including under 18’s) can sign or organise a petition.
The Council is pleased to advise that it agreed that the Petition Scheme should continue to operate notwithstanding the repeal of the relevant legislation (by s46 of the Localism Act 2011).
Submitting an e-Petition
If you wish to create a new e-petition, you should first examine existing petitions to ensure that you are not duplicating an existing one.
You will need to provide us with the title of the petition, a clear and concise statement about the subject of the petition and what action you want the Council to take (or cease to take). You will also need to decide how long you would like your petition to be open for signatures. Most petitions run for 6 months but you can choose a shorter or longer time frame.
When you create an e-petition, it may take 5 working days before it is published on-line. This is because we have to check that the content of your petition is suitable before it is made available for signature.
Petitions on planning and licensing matters are not permissible under the scheme. Please read our Additional Information document. In the Council’s Petition Scheme you will find details about submitting paper based/hard copy petitions.
Important note - all petitions must be received by the Petitions Officer at least 12 clear working days before a Council meeting or Scrutiny Committee meeting if it is to be considered for inclusion on the agenda for that meeting. The Petitions Officer is Colin Gamble, Group Manager, Democratic Services who can be contacted by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01702 215000.
There are no current ePetitions