Petitions are a good way to raise awareness of an issue which affects the local community. We have arrangements to enable members of the public to have direct influence on the political process and to raise concerns that are important to them, either by submitting paper petitions to us directly or by creating an online petition.

The petition organiser will receive an acknowledgement from the council within 10 working days of receipt. This acknowledgement will set out what we plan to do with the petition.

A petition is defined as a communication in writing which is signed by the appropriate number of qualifying persons. We will treat something as a petition if it is identified as being a petition, or if it seems to us that it is intended to be a petition.

Online petitions (ePetitions)

An e-Petition is a petition which collects signatures online, and is available to anyone who lives, works or studies in Bury. The system allows you to complete an on-line petition form or allows you to sign a petition set up by someone else. E-petitions will remain live for a period of one, two or three months.

Submitting a standard (paper) petition

Paper petitions can be delivered to: Democratic Services, Bury Council, Knowsley Street, Bury, BL9 0SW.

Petitions submitted to the Council must include a clear and concise statement covering the subject of the petition. It should state:

  • What action the petitioners wish the Council to take
  • The name and address and signature of any person supporting the petition (the address can be an address where a signatory lives, works or studies within Bury)

Petitions must be accompanied by contact details, including an address, for the petition organiser. This is the person we will contact to explain how we will respond to the petition. The contact details of the petition organiser will not be placed on the website. If the petition does not identify a petition organiser, we will contact the first signatories to the petition to agree who should act as the petition organiser.

Petitions must include a signature and the signatory's name and address. This can be an address where the signatory lives, works or studies within Bury.

Before submitting a petition you should first check with your local councillor or with the Council so see if the Council is already acting on your concerns and that the Council is the most appropriate body to receive your petition as sometimes your petition may be more appropriate for another public body.

Paper petitions must include a signature and a signatories name and address. This can be an address where the signatory lives, works or studies.

Petition arrangements

Please see Bury Council Petition arrangements.

Contact for Democratic Services