Cheshire East Council Petitions Scheme

Petitions

Cheshire East Council welcomes petitions and recognises that petitions are one way in which people can let us know their concerns. 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.

We treat as a petition any communication which is signed by or sent to us on behalf of a number of people. For practical purposes, we normally set a requirement for at least 10 signatories or petitioners before we treat it as a petition. Whilst we like to hear from people who live, work or study in Cheshire East, this is not a requirement and we would take equally seriously a petition from, for example, 10 visitors to the District on the subject of facilities at one of our visitor attractions.

Types of petition
CategoryBrief DescriptionSignatory Threshold
Petition 'requiring debate' Any petition above a set threshold which will trigger a debate at full Council 3,000 (this is reduced to 1,500 signatories or petitioners where the petition relates to a local issue, affecting no more than 2 electoral wards within the authority’s area)
Petition 'calling an officer to account' Any petition above a set threshold which will summon a senior Council officer to give evidence at a public meeting 2,000 (this is reduced to 1,000 signatories or petitioners where the petition relates to a local issue, affecting no more than 2 electoral wards within the authority’s area)
'Ordinary' Petition Any other, non-excluded, petition, requesting action or response by the Council Minimum of 10

Petitions can also be presented to the Mayor prior to a meeting of the Council. These meetings take place on a bi monthly basis, dates and times can be found on the Agendas, Minutes and Reports page.

If you would like to present your petition to the Mayor, or would like your councillor to present it on your behalf, please contact the Petitions Officer at Cheshire East Council, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach, CW11 1HZ at least 10 working days before the meeting and they will talk you through the process.

Petitions for a referendum

If a petition calls for a referendum, 5% of the electorate must sign it for it to be considered valid.  In 2012 that number is 14,683.