What is a petition?
- A petition is a formal written request signed by lots of people to appeal for action on a particular issue
- We see a petition as any communication that is signed by (or sent to us on behalf of) a number of people who live, work, or study in Ryedale
What should my petition contain?
A petition should include:
- A clear statement of your concerns and what you want us to do. It must relate to something that we have responsibility for, or something that we can influence.
- The name and contact details of the “petition-organiser” or someone who can be in charge of any correspondence about the petition. Contact details may be either a postal address or an email address.
- The names of at least 100 petitioners (which can include the petition organiser) who live, work, or study in Ryedale. Where the petition is in paper form, this should include an actual signature from each petitioner. Where the petition is in electronic form, a list of the names of the petitioners is enough. You should include the addresses of petitioners.
- If you want your petition to be debated at a meeting of the Council (“A Petition for Debate”) or to trigger a public meeting of an Overview and Scrutiny Committee (“A Petition to hold an Officer to Account”), you will need to gather a higher number of signatures.
- If you are submitting the petition in response to our consultation on a specific matter, please identify the matter to which it relates, so that the Council can make sure your petition is considered along with the original matter.
Click here for a useful guide on Petitions.
Who should I send my petition to?
Where you submit a paper petition in response to one of our consultations, please address it to the return address set out in the consultation invitation. This will make sure that it is reported at the same time as the issue it relates to.
Please send other paper petitions to:
Head of Corporate Governance
Ryedale District Council
Old Malton Road
There are a number of different website that you can use to set up an e-petition.
You can use the general enquiry form to let us know the results of an e-petition you have set up. Please remember to include the URL (the address of the webpage) for your e-petition in the comment section.