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Do you feel strongly about a local issue?  

Are your opinions shared by others? 

Are you considering setting up a Petition?

A petition is an important way for people to raise matters that are not otherwise covered by the complaints procedure

Any communication that requests a Council response to an issue of concern that affects all or part of the Borough is treated as a petition.

A petition must:

  • Have at least six signatories;
  • Be relevant to Colchester Borough Council, or to a matter that affects Colchester.

While we like to hear from people who live, work or study in Colchester, this is not a requirement for a petition. We would take a petition from people who may live outside of the borough but are visitors or service users of council facilities equally seriously.

A petition must include:

  • A clear and concise statement covering the subject of the petition;
  • A statement of what action the petitioners wish the Council to take;
  • The name, address and signature of any person supporting the petition.
  • Contact details, including the address of the Lead Petitioner.

Petitions will not be accepted if they are considered to be vexatious, abusive or otherwise inappropriate.

If the Council decides that a petition is not acceptable, then the Lead Petitioner will be notified of the reasons why this decision has been taken.

Our response

Our response to a petition will depend on what it asks for and the number of signatures received.

The Council's signature thresholds for petitions are listed below:

  • If there are 6 or more signatures the petition will be considered by the relevant Portfolio Holder, who may decide a response or who may decide to refer the petition to an Executive meeting;
  • 900 petition signatures are required to call a Senior Officer to account to the Strategic Overview and Scrutiny Committee;
  • 1,800 petition signatures are required to refer the petition to a meeting of Full Council for debate.

Further information can be found in our Petitions Policy shown below.

How to submit a petition

Submit an e-petition by going to the bottom of this page. 

Submit a paper petition to:

Democratic Services
Corporate Management
Colchester Borough Council
33 Sheepen Road

Before submitting a petition please make sure you have read the information provided at this document. 

Create a Petition

An ePetition is a petition which collects signatures online. This allows petitions and supporting information to be made available to a potentially much wider audience than a traditional paper based petition. Please note that if you wish to sign an e-petition simply click on view next to the relevant petition and on the next screen, choose the sign petition option below the details of the petition. It is not necessary to register or log in.
 TitleSignaturesClosing DateStatus
ViewKeep our green open space to the Churchfields Avenue entrance to Lakelands, Stanway103210 Aug 2016Response Pending
ViewSave Salary Brook Valley79410 Feb 2016Response Pending
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