Online petitions for East Sussex

The East Sussex Petitions website lets you create an online petition which can be shared via social media such as Twitter and Facebook, and circulated in print. Your petition will automatically be directed to the appropriate council.

Presenting your petition at council meetings

If you have been involved in organising a petition, you should talk to your local councillor about having it presented at a local council meeting.

Petitions are only presented if they are about matters for which the Council is responsible.

What happens to a petition?

The Chairman receives petitions from councillors immediately before full Council meetings. Often the Chairman refers petitions to the Cabinet or a Lead Member (a member of the Cabinet with an area of special responsibility) for consideration. Where this is done, one signatory to the petition is invited to address the decision making body about the petition.

Our Petitions Scheme describes the process of presenting a petition in more detail. The sections 'Full council debates' and 'Officer evidence' set out how many signatures are needed to trigger a full council debate, or require a senior council officer to give evidence at a public meeting: