Get involved - Presenting a petition

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The Council welcomes petitions and recognises that they are one way in which people can let Councillors know of their concerns.

How many people need to sign the petition?
A petition will need to have 50 or more signatures from Sutton residents on the electoral roll to be considered by a committee. For a full council debate the petition will need to contain more than 1,500 signatures.

When does the petition need to be submitted by?
Petitions must be submitted to the Chief Executive at least 14 days before the relevant meeting. Dates of future meeting can be found on the meeting calendar.

Councillors can also present a petition on your behalf to a meeting of the Council. If you would like a Councillor to present a petition on your behalf, you need to contact one of them and discuss your petition with them. Contact details of Councillors and the wards they represent can be found on the Councillor contact page.

Will I receive an acknowledgement that my petition has been received?
All petitions sent or presented to the Council will receive an acknowledgement within 10 working days of receipt. This acknowledgement will set out how the petition will be dealt with. 

Will I have the opportunity to speak at the meeting?
A Sutton resident or a spokesperson may talk to the petition for up to five minutes when it is considered at a meeting. If the petition is reported to a full Council meeting it would normally be referred to a Committee for consideration and report, then the local resident or spokesperson can choose to address either that full Council meeting or the Committee meeting at which the petition is to be considered. 

What does the petition need to include?
Petitions submitted to the council must include:
  • A clear and concise statement covering the subject of the petition. It should state what action the petitioners wish the council to take.
  • The name, address and signature of any person living, working, or studying in the borough, or who is a carer that is acting as an advocate for someone who lives in the borough, who wishes to support the petition. 
Petitions must be accompanied by contact details, including an address for the petition organiser. This is the person who the council will contact to explain how it intends to respond to the petition. If the petition does not identify a petition organiser, the first named signatory to the petition will be contacted.

Further information
Further information about the petition scheme can be found within the Council’s Constitution (Section 4E – Scheme for Dealing with Petitions and E-Petitions). Alternatively, contact committeeservices@sutton.gov.uk or call 020 8770 4990.