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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. 

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Save Salary Brook Valley
Petition has closed and a council responder is preparing a response.

Protect and ‘Save Salary Brook Valley’ (and Nature Reserve), and its wider environs, from future development.  The valley is highly valued for the natural amenities it provides to its wide community of users and wildlife. We want our Political and Planning Leaders in Colchester and Tendring to act urgently, under their mandated duty to co-operate. They need to ensure this is achieved by proactively using whatever the correct processes and procedures are, under EU and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) including (Environmental Impact Assessment, Landscape Character Assessment, Green Infrastructure Strategy etc, etc). The present state of planning (Local Plans) appears to suggest they have given no consideration whatsoever to Salary Brook Valley in these terms.

The area for consideration is the whole of the Salary Brook Valley and its wider environs. This meanders from the source of the brook’s spring water, near Ardleigh Reservoir, crossing Bromley Rd, through to Longridge / Greenstead, the A133 (Clingoe Hill) near the University, and to where Salary Brook’s spring water exits into the river Colne.  We believe there is, without doubt, an abundance of land for sustainable development nomination in the local plans, out of sight from the valley ridges, behind the tree lines, and the integral footpaths within its wider environs.

This lovely, peaceful valley has a wonderful landscape character that has been created by its spring water brook over millions of years.  It is a beauty spot with views of the valley from its ridges that are arguably, the best valley hillside views in the whole area. It has very easy footpath access, from existing urban areas, to ancient woodlands, links to other well used footpaths through to Wivenhoe's natural amenities including its beautiful 'Colne river walk'.  The valley has an air of tranquility, and an important wildlife population, including protected species, ancient woodland and scarce wetland habitat. It provides a wonderful, outdoor exercise amenity for walking, cycling and jogging for all local people and their pets. All of these increasingly scarce resources are irreplaceable and greatly support the health and quality of life for present and future generations. Such areas of our most attractive green open countryside are becoming increasingly rare in Essex, as the scale of recent housing development in Colchester has eliminated so much of it. This makes the protection of this remaining highly valued landscape even more vital.

In addition, the valley sits on a route that is an important section of a planned multi-user (walkers/cyclists) circular route around the town (the Colchester Orbital), supported by a number of local organizations concerned with the town’s green infrastructure. By signing this ePetition you are also assisting this related initiative, which meets so many of CBC, ECC and national planning objectives in terms of green infrastructure and sustainable transport. We could and should aim for Colchester to be an exemplar town in this respect, instead of which it has been recently named as coming last of 29 towns and cities for accessibility, planning and car dependency, see here: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/sites/default/files/pdfs/Car_Dep_Scorecard_2014_LOW_RES.pdf' (Car Dependency Scorecard 2014, Campaign for Better Transport)

If you value this lovely valley, and the wider natural amenities it supports for now and for future generations, please sign and forward this petition to all your supportive contacts i.e. all family members, friends and acquaintances, existing and prospective political representatives to do this very simple but effective signing - NUMBERS MATTER !!

 Thank you in anticipation...'SAVE SALARY BROOK VALLEY' and its wider environs.    

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Wednesday, 10 February 2016
This petition currently has 794 signatures in total.
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Tina Abrehart
jayne Adams
James Aird
Asa Aldis
Blair Allan
Brian Andrews
Ivan Andrews
Cherie anzalone
Stella Ashley
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