Your Petition

All petitions sent or presented to the Council will receive an acknowledgement from us within 10 working days of receipt. This acknowledgement will set out what we plan to do with the petition.

We will treat something as a petition if it is identified as being a petition, or if it seems to us that it is intended to be a petition.

Officers will make an initial decision on whether the petition is valid and appropriate according to the Petition Scheme. The final decision is made by the monitoring officer, whose terms of reference start at 3.7 in section F2 of the Council’s constitution.

Presenting to the Council

Petitions can also be presented to a meeting of the Council. These meetings take place at least six times a year and, dates and times can be found on our calendar of meetings.

If you would like to present your petition to the Council, or would like your Councillor or someone else to present it on your behalf, please contact Democratic Services at least 10 working days before the meeting and they will talk you through the process.

Debate at Council

If your petition has received 1500 signatures or more it will also be scheduled, should you wish it to be, for a full Council debate (providing all the signatures are submitted at the same time and that the subject is appropriate e.g. does not relate to a planning or licensing application) and if this is the case we will let you know whether this will happen at the same meeting or a later meeting of the Council.

If your petition has received over 750 signatures it will be scheduled, should you wish it to be, for consideration at an appropriate Scrutiny Committee.

The Council’s Privacy Policy applies to all Petitions.

Executive Arrangements Petitions

Residents of Cheshire West and Chester can submit a petition asking for an elected mayor for the Council, and if the number of signatures reaches five per cent of the electorate a referendum can be held. For more detail, see the Local authorities (referendums) (petitions and directions) (England) regulations 2000.

In February 2015, five per cent of the electorate amounted to 12,782 people.

Latest documents

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PDF Petitions Scheme 200.5 KB