Petitions If there’s an issue you feel strongly about you can start or sign a petition about it. These normally call for: a change in council policy a committee to investigate a particular issue something to be debated at a Full Council meeting Sign a petition The more signatures a petition has, the more likely it is councillors will take notice of it. Everyone who signs a petition should give their name, address and signature. Anyone over the age of 12, who lives, works or studies within Essex can sign a petition. You can view all open petitions and add your signature to any you support. Rules for petitions We will not consider petitions that are: offensive or frivolous about planning or licensing applications or policy outside the Council’s responsibility about individual councillors or council staff similar to a petition already open There’s detailed guidance on submitting petitions, and other ways to start petitions in our petitions policy. Essex County Council Petitions Policy (PDF, 151.02 KB) Start a petition If there is not a petition on the issue you are concerned about, you can start your own. If you start a petition, you are known as the ‘lead petitioner’. A petition must include: the name and contact details of the lead petitioner a short, clear statement explaining what the petition is about a statement explaining what action the you want councillors to take Start a petition online What happens after you start a petition What happens to a petition depends on how many signatures it gets. If it gets fewer than 10 signatures, no action is taken. If a petition has more than: 10 signatures A member of Council staff will write a response to the lead petitioner. 2,000 signatures An Executive Director will write a response to the lead petitioner. The petition may also be considered by an Overview and Scrutiny committee. 7,500 signatures A Cabinet Member will write a response to the lead petitioner. 14,000 signatures A Cabinet Member will write a response. If the Cabinet Member does not agree to take the action suggested in the petition it will be considered at a meeting of the Full Cabinet. The lead petitioner may be invited to speak at this meeting.