also known as: E-Petitions, Lobby.
Northumberland Council's petitions scheme.The E-Petitions enables anybody living, working, studying or using services in the area to create a petition or sign an existing petition about issues which gives them concern and wish to be brought to the councils attention.
Petitioning Northumberland County Council
Northumberland County Council is committed to engaging with its
citizens, getting closer to communities and improving services. We
particularly welcome petitions as one way in which you can let us
know your concerns or indeed ideas. The council sees petitioning as
a key part of this process.
The council has been operating a petitions scheme since local
government reorganisation in Northumberland took effect on 1 April
2009. The council updated its procedure in May 2010, and again
in May 2012 when it was agreed to create a new Petitions
Petitions can be created or signed by anybody living,
working, studying or using services in Northumberland.
Petitions can be in paper or electronic form
('e-petition'). They can also be submitted as a
combination of written and electronic signatures.
welcome to begin your own paper petition or use a suggested
template, which can be accessed by clicking here
If you wish to create a new e-petition you should first examine
existing petitions to ensure that you are not duplicating an
You can vew the existing petitions by
by searching for
If you would like to learn more about E-Petitions more
information is available on the frequently
asked questions page.
Valid petitions require a minimum of 10 signatures.
Petitions in writing should be directed for the attention
The Petitions Officer
Northumberland County Council
What happens to petitions?
Petitions about local issues will be considered by the council’s
area committees. Petitions about licensing or planning
applications will be considered by the relevant licensing or
planning committee. The new Petitions Committee,
established by the County Council in May 2012, will consider
those petitions of a corporate or county wide nature which do not
fall within the remit of the area committees, planning and other
regulatory committees. It will make appropriate
recommendations to full Council, the Executive or regulatory
committees depending upon the subject matter.
After receiving a petition, a report will be produced for the
next available meeting, if possible. Sometimes this will take
longer if the issue in question requires more investigation.
A petition about a licensing or planning application will be
considered when the application is ready to be considered by a
licensing or planning committee.
Some petitions will not be considered in this process, for
example responses to ongoing consultation exercises, or if a
petition's subject includes information that is vexatious,
offensive, derogatory they will not be investigated and reasons
will be given. Any about individuals will also be addressed
separately but never in public.
Meetings of the Petitions Committee
Please note details of recently held or
forthcoming meetings of the Petitions Committee:
View the petitions log
A copy of the petitions log, which provides summary details
of petitions received so far, can be viewed by clicking here. The
log is updated on a weekly basis.
What response can I expect in response to my petition?
- The receipt of petitions should be acknowledged to the lead
petitioner within seven working days of their receipt by Democratic
- The letter of receipt will include details of procedure: the
officer contact, service area contact, date/time/venue of meeting
where a report responding to the petition will be heard. If
any these details cannot be provided in the first letter, further
correspondence should be sent once the details are confirmed
- If the response is to heard at a later meeting (for example due
to the complexity of the issue being investigated it will take more
time to produce a report), the lead petitioner will be advised of
as soon as possible
- The lead petitioner will receive a copy of report about the
petition at least five days before the meeting
- The lead petitioner will receive a minute extract about the
decision taken following the meeting.
For further advice about petitioning, please telephone
either 01670 622616 or 622611, or email email@example.com