E-petitions terms and conditions
The purpose of the e-petition service is to enable as many people as possible to make their views known. All petitions will be accepted and published on this website, providing they meet the criteria below.
Petitioners may freely disagree with South Holland District Council or call for changes of policy. There will be no attempt to exclude critical views and decisions to accept or reject will not be made on a party political basis.
However, to protect this service from abuse, petitions must satisfy some basic conditions.
To submit a petition, you must use the online form to provide:
The information in a petition must be submitted in good faith. In order for the petition service to comply with the law, you must not include:
We reserve the right to reject:
We will strive to ensure that petitions that do not meet our criteria are not accepted, but where a petition is accepted which contains misleading information we reserve the right to post an interim response to highlight this point to anyone visiting to sign the petition.
Common causes for rejection
In order to help you avoid common problems, we've produced this list:
Petitioners may freely disagree with South Holland District Council or call for changes of policy. There will be no attempt to exclude critical views and decisions will not be made on a party political basis.
Petitions that do not follow these guidelines cannot be accepted. In these cases, you will be informed in writing of the reason(s) your petition has been refused. If this happens, we will give you the option of altering and resubmitting the petition so it can be accepted.
If you decide not to resubmit your petition, or if the second one is also rejected, we will list your petition and the reason(s) for not accepting it on this website. We will publish the full text of your petition, unless the content is illegal or offensive.
It will usually take up to five working days from the time a petition proposal is received for it to appear on the website, although during busy periods it may take longer. For more information on the process, read our step-by-step guide.
Your petition will be available on this website until the specified closing date. If, however, during this time it becomes clear that your petition is not being run in accordance with the terms, we reserve the right to withdraw it. If this happens, we will contact you first to allow you to address the concerns we raise and we will only remove the petition as a last resort.
Please note that to keep the system manageable, and justify use of resources, we can usually only respond to petitions of 100 signatures or more.
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