Petitions

Uttlesford District Council welcomes petitions. This page gives information on how they can be submitted and how you can expect your petition to be dealt with.

In order for a petition to be considered, it must be "properly constituted".

This means it must satisfy one or more of the following conditions:

  • be signed by no fewer than 50 individuals who are electors of the district of Uttlesford
  • be signed by the chairman of no fewer than five councils of parishes within the Uttlesford district
  • be signed by no fewer than half the electors of any single parish within the district of Uttlesford whether or not the parish has a parish council

An acknowledgement will be sent to the petition organiser within 10 working days of receiving the petition. It will let them know what the council plans to do with the petition and when they can expect to hear from the council again. The council's response to a petition will depend on what a petition asks for and how many people have signed it. The council will consider all the specific actions it can potentially take on the issues highlighted in a petition, but its response may include one or more of the following:

  • taking the action requested in the petition
  • considering the petition at a council meeting (if there are at least 3,600 signatures)
  • holding an inquiry into the matter
  • undertaking research into the matter
  • holding a public meeting
  • referring the petition for consideration by the council's Scrutiny Committee (if there are at least 1,800 signatures, or for other valid reasons)
  • writing to the petition organiser setting out the council's views about the request in the petition

The council is not obliged to consider any petition which is vexatious, abusive or otherwise inappropriate. In addition, petitions may not be used to call into question decisions relating to planning or licensing matters and decisions relating to individuals or legal bodies where there is a statutory right of appeal.

Further guidance on submitting a petition can be found in Article 3 of the council's Constitution.
 

Verification number for petitions

The council is required each year to publish a figure equivalent to 5% of the number of local government electors in the district as at 15 February. The reason for publishing this figure is to determine the number of electors who are required to sign any petition sent to the council relating to the form of governance operated by the council. The council is required to hold a referendum if the proper officer is satisfied that a petition is valid.

Notice of public verification number
 

Petitions received

Uttlesford District Council welcomes petitions and recognises that they are one way in which people can inform the council of their concerns within their community.

Any individual who is an elector of the district of Uttlesford can submit or sign an ePetition on the council's ePetitions page.

 


Additional information

Please contact Democratic and Electoral Services, on 01799 510 548/410/369/467 or at committee@uttlesford.gov.uk if you have any questions about petitions.

Paper petitions can be sent to:

Democratic Services
Uttlesford District Council
London Road
Saffron Walden
Essex
CB11 4ER

Please note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Council Offices are currently closed to the general public and staff are working remotely. Please notify Democratic Services prior to submitting a paper petition.