Last updated: 29/10/2013
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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
Please follow the links below to view:-
1. What is a petition?
A petition is a formal written request signed by at least 25
people who live, work or study in Cornwall (including children and
All petitions presented to Cornwall Council will be considered
under the Council’s
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
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.
2. What are the guidelines for submitting a petition?
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
- A clear and concise statement covering the subject of the
petition stating what action the petitioners wish the Council to
- 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
- 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
3. What will the Council do when it receives my petition?
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)
4. How will the Council respond to petitions?
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
A Community Network Area - your petition will
need to be signed by 1% of the network population or
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
Please note: the Council will not take action
on any petition which it considers to be vexatious, abusive or
5. Where do I submit my petition?
All paper petitions must be submitted to the:
1st Floor, Dolcoath Avenue,
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