The Council welcomes petitions and recognises that petitions are one way in which people can let the Council know their concerns.
Any person regardless of age who lives, studies or works in Mansfield district is able to submit a petition or sign up to a petition so long as they submit a Mansfield district postcode .All petitions sent or presented to the Council will receive a written acknowledgement within five working days of receipt,this acknowledgement will set out what the Council plans to do with the petition. We will treat something as a petition if it is identified as being a petition, or if it seems to the Council that it is intended to be a petition.
What is a petition?
The Council will treat as a petition any communication which requests the authority to take action or cease taking action and is signed by or sent on behalf of a certain number of people. For practical purposes, the Council has set a requirement for at least 30 signatories before it is treated as a petition. Where a communication contains less than 30 signatures it will be treated as a corporate complaint or service request whichever is appropriate.
Signatory targets that trigger Council action;
- 1000 signatures district-wide will initiate a Council debate for Councillors to discuss the petition in a public meeting in the Council Chamber - (200 signatures - if the petition is specifically related to only one ward within the district)
- 500 signatures district-wide will initiate a scrutiny meeting to hold relevant accountable employee to account for their actions or decisions - (200 signatures - if the petition is specifically related to only one ward within the district)
- 30 signatures will initiate the petition being noted for record purposes only at the next available Council meeting
This facility went 'live' on 15 December 2010 and enables members of the public who live, study or work within Mansfield district to set up petitions online,it also allows the public to electronically add signatures to any existing live online petition .If you do not fulfil the criteria of living , studying or working within the district then your petition or signature will be rejected.Online Petitions* For verification purposes, a Mansfield district postcode and address is necessary for your place of work or study too, any postcodes outside of the district will not be accepted.
As with online petitions, we will only accept petitions and signatures from those who satisfy the criteria of living , studying or working within the district. In some cases paper petitions and online petitions that are petitioning for the same action to be taken,may be combined, for more information please contact the petitions team on;firstname.lastname@example.org
The following paper petitions have been received since 15 June 2010 and can be found within the attachments on the right of this page along with any related documentation such as the Council's response to the petition;
|Queen St Taxi Rank||23.11.11||7|
|Bellamy Road - provision of a skate park and play area||03.11.11||61|
|Newgate Lane Alcohol License||08.07.11||117|
|Meden Vale Football Pitch||21.03.11||101|
|Business Improvement District||01.09.10|
|Leeming Lane Store||09.07.10||92|
Who should you send a paper petition to?
The Petitions Team in Democratic Services section is responsible for receiving, managing and reporting all other petitions sent to the authority. Please address petitions to;Petitions Team,Democratic Services ,Mansfield District Council,Civic Centre,Chesterfield Road South,Mansfield,Nottinghamshire,NG19 7BH or email; email@example.com
Mansfield's Petition Scheme
Our Petition Scheme comprehensively sets out how we will handle any petitions, please find it attached on the right of this page.