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The Council welcomes petitions, whether paper, electronic or e-petitions created and submitted through our website and recognises that they are one way in which people can let us know their concerns.

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A petition is a formal written request signed by at least 25 people who live, work or study in Cornwall (including children and young people).

All petitions presented to Cornwall Council will be considered under the Council’s Petition Scheme.

Other procedures apply if your petition relates to a planning or licensing application, is a statutory petition (i.e. requesting a referendum on having an elected mayor) or on a matter where there is already an existing right of representation or appeal.  For further information on these procedures you can speak to our Petitions Office, telephone number 01209 614385.

Under the Council’s Petition Scheme, petitions that meet certain threshold levels (i.e. signed by a specific number of people) will trigger debates at either full Council, an appropriate Overview and Scrutiny Committee or a meeting at a local community network area. Full details of thresholds are set out in Sections 5, 6 and 7 of the Council’s full Petition Scheme. A summary of thresholds that trigger debates is set out in item 4 of this guide.

Any petition submitted to the Council must be signed by at least 25 people who live, work or study in Cornwall, including children and young people.

Petitions submitted to the Council must include:

  • A clear and concise statement covering the subject of the petition stating what action the petitioners wish the Council to take
  • The name, address and signature of any person supporting the petition (including email address for ePetitions)
  • A summary of any action taken to resolve the issue, including details of elected members that have been approached
  • Details of the petition organiser (name, contact address and email)
  • Petitions should relate to the functions of the Council or other public services for which the Local Authority has a shared delivery responsibility.  Wherever possible, petitioners are encouraged to use Cornwall Council's petition template.

Your petition will be acknowledged within 10 working days of receipt and will set out what we plan to do with your petition and when you can expect to hear from us. All correspondence will be sent to the nominated petition organiser.

If we can do what your petition asks for our acknowledgement may confirm that we have taken the action requested and the petition will be closed.

Details of the petition, including, wherever possible, all correspondence relating to the petition will be published on our website. (all personal details will be removed)

How we respond will depend on what your petition asks for and how many people have signed it. In summary:

If you wish your petition to be debated at:

Full Council - your petition will need to be signed by 5,000 people or more

Overview and Scrutiny “Calling an officer to give evidence” -
your petition will need to be signed by 1,000 people or more and must state which officer or alternatively which service you wish to be called to give evidence

A Community Network Area - your petition will need to be signed by 1% of the network population or more

Ordinary petitions
- all other petitions will be dealt with as an ordinary petition (25 signatures or more but less than those detailed above) and we will reasonably determine how to deal with your petition and advise you as to what that process will be.

Please note: the Council will not take action on any petition which it considers to be vexatious, abusive or otherwise inappropriate.

All paper petitions must be submitted to the:

Petitions Office
Democratic Services
Cornwall Council
1st Floor, Dolcoath Avenue,
Camborne
TR14 8SX

Email: petitions@cornwall.gov.uk

Alternatively you can deliver your petition to one of our one stop shops or out and about service.

The Council welcomes e-petitions created and submitted through out website.  In general e-petitions must follow the same guidelines as paper petitions.  In addition, petition organisers and subscribers must provide a valid email address and indicate the period for which the petition will be open to subscription.  This will be a period between 1 month and 12 months from the date of registration.

The Council's e-petition website is available at: http://www.freepetition.co.uk/cornwall/ (this is a web site supplied by a third party and not the Council and as such the data is controlled and can be viewed by this third party, please read the Privacy Policy on the third party site for further details)

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