e-Petition Guidelines

Guidance for the Petitioner

You (the Principal Petitioner) can use this e-Petitions feature to create an online petition about a topic that you wish the Council to address. Proposed e-petitions must satisfy some basic conditions in order for them to be approved by the Council and published on this website.

To propose a new e-petition, use the online template to provide:

  • the title or subject
  • a clear and concise statement covering the subject of the e-petition. It should state what action the Principal Petitioner wishes the Council to take. The Council will liaise with the Petitioner to edit the wording of the e-petition if it is unclear what action is being sought
  • the Principal Petitioner's name and contact address (in case we need to contact you about the e-petition. You will provide this information when you register on the site. This will not be placed on the website)
  • a duration for the e-petition

The information in the e-petition must be submitted in good faith. In order for the e-petition to be admissible, you must not include:

  • potentially libellous, false, or defamatory statements
  • information which may be protected by an injunction or court order
  • material which is potentially confidential, commercially sensitive, or which may cause personal distress or loss to an individual, or individuals
  • any commercial endorsement, promotion of any product, service or publication
  • the names of individual officials of public bodies, unless they are part of the senior management of those organisations
  • the names of family members of elected representatives or officials of public bodies
  • the names of individuals, or information where they may be identified, in relation to criminal accusations
  • language which is offensive, intemperate, or provocative. This not only includes obvious swear words and insults, but any language to which people reading it could reasonably take offence