What are petitions?
The Council welcomes petitions and recognises that petitions are one way in which people can let us know their concerns. Anyone who lives, works or studies in the Borough can submit a petition to the Council.
A petition is a communication which is signed by, or sent to the Council on behalf of, a number of people. There are different types of petitions:
These are petitions which do not fall within the other two categories set out below and will normally relate to the day-to-day services or facilities provided by the Council. To be regarded as a petition rather than a comment, compliment or complaint about council services, such petitions must be signed by at least 20 signatories.
Petitions for debate
If a petition calls for something to be reported to and discussed at a meeting of the full Council, it must contain at least 1,500 signatures.
Petitions calling for an officer to give evidence
If a petition calls for an officer to give evidence at a meeting of the Scrutiny Committee or Crime and Disorder Committee and to answer questions on a specific issue, it must contain at least 800 signatures.
On-line or E-petitions
You can create and sign petitions online. You may also gather names and addresses in paper format. However, if you have created the same petition on-line, repeat names should be removed by the lead petitioner.
You can view and sign any current petitions or see our response to any completed petitions by clicking here. If you cannot find what you want, a separate step-by-step guide will help you create an e-petition.
If you prefer to submit a petition in this format, rather than on-line, these should be sent to:
The Head of Legal and Democratic Services
Epsom & Ewell Borough Council
Are there any rules about submitting petitions?
The Council has a Petition Scheme (pdf - 37kb). The Scheme contains more detail about how the Council will deal with a petition and what to do if you are not satisfied with the way your petition has been dealt with.
There are certain general criteria which apply to both electronic and paper petitions. We have called these our Terms and Conditions.
In the period immediately before an election or referendum we may need to deal with your petition differently. If this is the case, we will explain the reasons and discuss the revised timescale which will apply.
Every District/Borough Council in Surrey will have their own Petition Scheme, including the County Council.