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Below is a list of frequently asked questions relating to ePetitions. We have specific rules about how to responds to ePetitions and paper petitions. Download a copy of the petitions scheme.
An e-petition is a form of petition posted on a website. Individuals or groups can create a petition on the site and visitors can add their details to the petition to “sign” it. The format makes it easy to collect signatures, and it also makes it easier for us to respond directly via email too. E-petitions and paper petitions require a minimum of 5 signatures to become valid. We will only consider e-petitions that are hosted on it's website.
We have a duty to respond to all petitions which relate to our work – we have limited powers when it comes to things like the alteration of bus routes, but may be able to point you in the right direction if it’s something we can’t help with.
Just click on view petitions, and find the one you wish to sign. You'll have to log in or sign up with your name and address details, then you can click on the 'sign petition' button.
There is no real difference, only the way in which the signatures are collected and delivered to us. A petition can gather names and signatures in either way, or both forms at the same time. We will treat e-petitions and paper petitions in exactly the same way.
You can choose how long your petition will be “live” for (meaning how long your petition will be open to take signatures, before it is sent off for a response). We would expect that petitions would typically last for around 2 months. After 12 months we will automatically close your petition for signatures and send it for a response.
If your petition relates to something the council is currently dealing with, like a planning application, you should be careful to make sure your petition ends in time for us to consider it at the same time as the issue - if you are in any doubt, you should contact us.
When you sign a petition, we will only publish your name. We take your email address so we can email you to confirm your identity, and we will also email you to let you know the outcome of the petition. Your email address won’t be published.
We won’t pass on your details to anyone outside the council without your permission. We may pass on the details of the petition organiser to the local ward councillors, in case they can help, or wish to sponsor the petition. We may pass your details to another Coventry city council department, but only in connection with the issues you’ve raised in the petition.
You don’t need to have a councillor’s support for your petition, but you may wish to. Councillors are elected to represent the views of the public, and may be able to help you in gathering support for your issue. If you’re invited in to a meeting to discuss the petition, they may be able to help you put your argument across to those making a decision on your petition.
Our rules about petitions at Planning Committee and those relating to licensing matters (i.e. Premises Licence Applications) are slightly different. To present a petition at Planning Committee, you will need the support of a Councillor. If you have any questions about petitions relating to planning matters – you should contact us.
Once your e-petition has closed for signatures, or when we receive a paper petition, we will look at the issue and decide what form the response will take. We may decide that you will be invited in to speak at one of the Council’s public meetings to put across your concerns – if that is the case, we will email you in advance to let you know when and where the meeting will be held.
In our Petitions scheme, we have made the commitment that we will host your e-petition within 10 days. If there are any problems, we will email you as soon as possible. Once the petition has closed, on the date you’ve selected, we will update petitioners on what will happen via this website. It may be that the petitioners receive a letter in response to their concerns from the relevant department or it may be that you’re invited in to speak at a public meeting at the Council House to highlight your problem to local Councillors, or we may choose to look at your concerns in depth and conduct an inquiry.
If you wish to call a Senior officer to account over their actions, or you want Councillors to debate your issue at a full Council meeting, your petition will need a minimum number of signatures to reach a particular threshold, as in the table below:
|Category||Brief Description||Signature Threshold|
|“Standard” Petitions||Any petition signed by those who live, work or study in Coventry||A minimum of 5 signatures|
|Petitions ‘Requiring Debate’||Any petition above the threshold which will trigger a debate at a Full Council meeting||A minimum of 15,000 signatures|
|Petitions ‘calling an officer to account’||Any petition above the threshold which will summon a senior Council officer to give evidence at a public meeting||A minimum of 10,000 signatures|