An ePetition is a petition which collects signatures online. This allows petitions and supporting information to be made available to a potentially much wider audience than a traditional paper based petition.
ePetitions are part of Wirral Council's ongoing commitment to listening to and acting on the views of the public.
In 2010 the Council introduced a new Petitions Scheme which sets out guidelines on how the Council will manage the petition process.
Supporting an ePetition
To support an existing ePetition:
- Choose an ePetition from the current petitions page.
- Sign in to the website. If it is the first time you have supported an ePetition you will need to register to use the system.
- Add your name, address and email address. Please note that your name will be shown on this website.
- To find out more about the issue, see the supporting information, provided by the lead petitioner. This will be available on the same web page as the ePetition.
Submitting an ePetition
- Create your petition
An e-petition can relate to any issue on which the Council has powers or duties. It can also relate to anything which for it has shared delivery responsibilities through the Local Area Agreement or other partnership arrangements. If you need help or advice on the wording of the petition please contact Committee Services using the contact details on the right.
- Submit your petition
As petition organiser you will need to provide us with your name, postal address and email address. You will also need to decide how long you would like your petition to be open for signatures. Most petitions run for six months, but you can choose a shorter or longer timeframe, up to a maximum of 12 months.
- Petition approval
When you create an ePetition, it may take 10 working days before it is published online. This is because we have to check that the content of your petition is suitable before it is made available for signature. An ePetition can relate to any issue on which the Council has powers or duties or on which it has shared delivery responsibilities through the Local Area Agreement or other partnership arrangement.
If we consider that we cannot publish your petition for some reason, we will contact you within this time to explain. You will be able to change and resubmit your petition if you wish. If you do not do this within 10 working days, a summary of the petition and the reason why it has not been accepted will be published under the 'rejected petitions' section of the website.
- Petition live
As the petition creator, your name and your organisation, if you have specified one, will be displayed.
People who wish to sign a petition will be asked to give their name and address and an e-mail address we can verify. The system is designed to identify duplicate names and addresses and will not allow someone to sign a petition more than once.
Anyone signing a petition will be sent an e-mail asking them to click a link to confirm they have signed the petition. Once they have done this, their name will be added to the petition.
Your petition will show the total number of signatures received. It will also display the names of signatories. Your petition will be available on this website until the specified closing date.
If, during this time, it becomes clear 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.
- Petition closed
When an ePetition has closed for signature, it will automatically be submitted to Committee Services. In the same way as a paper petition, you will receive an acknowledgement within 10 working days. If you would like to present your e-petition to a meeting of the Council, please contact Committee Services using the contact details on the right within 10 working days of receipt of the acknowledgement.
A petition acknowledgement and response will be emailed to everyone who has signed the e-petition and elected to receive this information. The acknowledgement and response will also be published on this website.