Petition guidance

How we handle petitions at East Sussex County Council

NB The text below is also used on the main Guidance page of the East Sussex Petitions website

In brief – how it works, and how to get started

1. To create a petition, you first need to register with the site.

2. Give your petition a title, description, and set a deadline date. Select the local council you think it should be addressed to. Then click Submit. You can now add any relevant documents and web-links in support of your petition.

If you’re not sure about anything, such whether the content is acceptable to present at a council meeting, just include a note as part of your petition or contact us by email (below).

3. We’ll check everything, get in touch to confirm your contact details and, if needed, clarify some of the petition’s information. Everything can be changed at this stage.

4. Once everything is OK, we’ll publish it online. At this point, you can log back in to easily create paper versions of your petition.

Use the ‘Share’ button to email your friends or add it to your Facebook or Twitterfeed for example. You can also send Mailshots – an email message to everyone who’s already signed your petition online.

5. When your petition reaches your chosen closing date, you can decide whether to submit it to the relevant council for consideration.

If your petition has enough signatures it will be discussed at a meeting of the relevant council (District, Borough, or County Council). You may be able to present it yourself. The council will let you know its decision and what action it will take, and its response will also be published here. For more about this, see how councils will respond to your petition.

Help and enquiries

Depending on what your petition is about, it will be handled by teams at different councils.

You can contact us through a single email address: petitions@eastsussex.gov.uk