02 September 2010

Northamptonshire County Council will this week launch a page on their website offering residents of the county the opportunity to create and submit petitions online.

This will enable residents to create their own petitions about any subject and sign others, which can then be submitted directly to the county council online. The launch comes ahead of the government deadline, of December 2010, for councils to implement this service.

This is a feature is available on the 10 Downing Street website, which allows petitions to be submitted to the Prime Minister or to the relevant government department if it has 500 signatures or more.

The petitions for Northamptonshire County Council have no lower limit for submission, so all will be submitted to full council, but only if 2.5% of the total resident population sign it will it be debated.

Although residents can still take up traditional paper petitions, this new system allows petitions to be visible to a much wider audience and to ensure that every petition will get a response from the relevant county council department. They are also copied in to a relevant cabinet member and divisional councillor.

Councillor David Mackintosh, cabinet member for strategy, communications and external relations, said: “This is a great way for residents of the county to stay engaged with the county council’s You Choose campaign and to keep up the conversations between all parties to ensure members of the public can still have their voices heard at county hall.”

Petitions can be uploaded and read by following this link: http://epetition.northants.public-i.tv/epetition_core/community