We particularly welcome petitions as one way in which you can let us know your concerns. We set out below how the District Council will respond to petitions that you send to us.

What is a petition?

We treat as a petition any communication that is signed by or sent to us on behalf of a number of people. A communication needs at least 10 signatories or petitioners before we treat it as a petition. Whilst we like to hear from people who live, work or study in the Derbyshire Dales, this is not a requirement and we would take equally seriously a petition from, for example, 10 visitors to the District on the subject of facilities at one of our Leisure Centres.

What should a petition contain?

  • a clear statement of your concerns and what you want the District Council to do. This must relate to something that is the responsibility of the District Council, or over which we have some influence
  • the name and contact details of the "petition-organiser" or someone to whom you would like any correspondence about the petition to be sent. Contact details may be either a postal address or an Email address
  • the names of at least 10 petitioners (can include the petition organiser). Where the petition is in paper form, this can include an actual signature from each petitioner, but an actual signature is not essential. Where the petition is in electronic form, a list of the names and addresses of the petitioners will suffice. 10 signatories is the minimum requirement and more supporters are necessary for some types of petition to succeed
  • a petition in response to consultation on a specific matter, should identify the matter that it relates to, so that we can ensure that it is considered along with original matter.

To whom should you send a petition?

Where you submit a petition in response to consultation by the District Council, please address it to the return address set out in the consultation invitation. This will ensure that it is reported when the matter to which it relates is considered.

We have appointed a Petitions Officer, who is responsible for receiving, managing and reporting all other petitions sent to the District Council. Please address petitions to the Petition Officer.

The Petitions Officer will ensure that a petition is acknowledged to the petition organiser. The Petitions Officer can also provide advice about how to petition the District Council or on the progress of your petition, at either the above address or by telephone.

Electronic (ePetition)

You can set up an electronic petition through our website. Details on how to do this can be found on the ePetition section.

Data protection

Use of individuals' personal data including their email addresses will be protected under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998 and will be held by the District Council only for the purpose of corresponding in relation to the petition submitted.