Petitions

We welcome petitions and recognise they are one way you can let us know your concerns. However, they are not the only way to make your views known to us. Often, the easiest or quickest way to resolve an issue is:

If you wish to make a complaint about a Council Service, use our Complaints process, see: Compliments and complaints .

The Petitions Scheme

The Petitions Scheme sets out how to submit a petition and how we will deal with petitions we receive. This is a summary of the scheme and it is recommended that you read the full document before starting a petition:

For details of all petitions received and their final responses, or outcomes, are available in the: PDFPetitions log [PDF 87KB]

Start a petition

A petition can be organised, or signed, by anyone who lives or works in the Calderdale area. A petition must include:

  • a clear and concise statement on the subject of the petition and what action the petitioners would like the Council to take; and
  • contact details, including address, of the petition organiser. This is the person we will contact about our response and if there any media enquiries.

Note: We will only use the name of the organiser on the website. Details of people supporting the petition will not be published on the website.

We advise you to include the following wording on each page of your petition, that will contain signatures:

Calderdale Council will become the data controller when the petition is submitted to the Council. The details you provide on this form will only be used for the purpose of this petition. Your information may be shared with the petition organiser, Councillors, Council officers or service providers.

A petition template is available for you to download and use:

Submit a petition

Your petition can be delivered to us by post, by email, or by hand at any Council offices. Contact details are at the end of this page. Your local Councillor can also present the petition, on your behalf, at an ordinary meeting of the full Council.

We will not accept

  • Petitions which are considered to be abusive, vexatious, libellous, or otherwise inappropriate.
  • Petitions relating to planning or licensing applications. These are outside the scheme and will be forwarded to the appropriate service. They will then be considered as part of the determination of any application.

How we will respond

We will acknowledge all petitions within 10 working days of receipt. We will explain what we plan to do with the petition. this depends on what the petition asks for and how many people have signed it:

  • petitions with 2,000 or more signatures will trigger a debate by the full Council at the next ordinary Council meeting. All Councillors can attend the meeting and ensure that they have adequate time to prepare for the debate; or
  • petitions with 500 or more signatures, but less than 2,000 will be referred to the appropriate Scrutiny Panel for consideration. (Scrutiny Panels are an important and specialist role for all Councillors who are not part of the Cabinet arrangements. Scrutiny Panels can review and challenge decisions, policies and services, inform decision making and offer recommendations for the Cabinet and other agencies to consider.)
  • petitions with less than 500 signatures are referred to the appropriate Council Service. They consideration what action can be taken, given existing policies and budget provision.

We will advise you of the final response to the petition and the reasons for it. This will normally outline the steps we have taken to consider the issue, including the involvement of Councillors. The response also explains how the petition organiser can request a review if it is felt that the petition was not dealt with properly.

We publish details of petitions received and the final response or outcome on the Council’s website.

Contact us about petitions

For further information, contact: