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Types of petitions

Ordinary

No of signatures required: 10+
Subject matter: Anything within the remit or sphere of influence of the District Council that doesn't fit any of the other petition categories.
Who will consider it: The Officer and/or Committee that is responsible for the issue raised.
What happens next: Petitioner can address the meeting that considers the petition. Will be advised of outcome within 7 days.

 

Consultation

No of signatures required: 10+
Subject matter: Response to consultation by the District Council on planning, licensing or any other issue.
Who will consider it: It will be considered by the appropriate committee as part of the report on the outcome of the consultation exercise at the meeting when they take the decision.
What happens next: The decision of the Committee will be recorded in the minutes. There will not, usually, be any avenue for appeal, except in the case of applicants for planning permission or licences.

 

Statutory

No of signatures required: Varies accordance with Statutory Requirements.
Subject matter: Petition allowed by various Acts of Parliament for things like a review of Parish Councils or a request for a directly elected Mayor.
Who will consider it: It will be reported to the next available meeting of the Council, in accordance with Statutory Requirements.
What happens next: Provided the petition is submitted in accordance with the relevant statute, the requested review or election etc will be arranged.

 

For debate

No of signatures required: 700 (or 150 where the issue relates to no more than 2 electoral Wards).
Subject matter: Anything within the remit or sphere of influence of the District Council that doesn't fit any of the other petition categories.
Who will consider it: It will be reported to the next available meeting of the Council. The Petitioner will have an opportunity to speak for 3 minutes.
What happens next: The Committee will make a decision or refer to matter to an Officer for decision. You will be informed of the outcome within 7 working days.

 

Hold an Officer to account

No of signatures required: 700 (or 150 where the issue relates to no more than 2 electoral Wards).
Subject matter: To answer questions of a particular Officer on the conduct of a particular matter. Limited to particular senior posts.
Who will consider it: Will take place at a meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. You will be asked to provide a list of questions in advance and their suitability will be assessed by the Chairman. Petitioner will have opportunity to address Committee for 3 minutes.
What happens next: -

Petition Officer

Town Hall, Bank Road
Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3NN
01629 761 281
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