Petition Terms and Conditions
To protect this service from abuse, petitions must satisfy these basic conditions.
To submit a petition, you must use the online form to provide:
- The title or subject of the petition.
- clear and concise statement covering the subject of the petition. It should state what action the petitioner wishes Sedgemoor District Council to take. The petition will be returned to you to edit if it is unclear what action is being sought.
- A duration for the petition.
You must not include:
- Potentially libellous, false or defamatory statements.
- Information which may be protected by an injunction or court order. (For example, the identities of children in custody disputes.)
- Material which is potentially confidential, commercially sensitive, or which may cause personal distress or loss.
- Any commercial endorsement, promotion of any product, service or publication.
- URLs or website links. (We cannot vet the content of external sites, and therefore cannot link to them from this site.)
- The names of individual officials of public bodies, unless they are part of the senior management of those organisations.
- The names of family members of elected representatives or officials of public bodies.
- The names of individuals, or information where they may be identified, in relation to criminal accusations.
- Language which is offensive, intemperate or provocative. This not only includes obvious swear words and insults, but any language to which people reading it could reasonably take offence. (We believe it is possible to petition for anything, no matter how radical, politely.)
We reserve the right to reject:
- Petitions that are similar and/or overlap with an existing petition or petitions.
- Petitions which ask for things outside the remit or powers of Sedgemoor District Council.
- Statements that don't actually request any action - ideally start the title of your petition with a verb.
- Wording that is impossible to understand.
- Statements that amount to advertisements.
- Petitions which are intended to be humorous, or which have no point about Council policy. (However witty these are, it is not appropriate to use a publicly funded website for purely frivolous purposes.)
- Issues for which an e-petition is no the appropriate channel. (For example, correspondence about a personal issue.)
- Freedom of Information requests. This is not the right channel for FOI requests; requests should be sent to email@example.com
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.
Petitions that do not follow these guidelines cannot be accepted. In these cases, you will be informed of 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.
Once accepted, petitions will be made available on this website for anyone to sign. Anyone signing the petition must provide their name and a verifiable e-mail address. No personal details other than their name will be published on the site. Information about any individual will not be used for any other purpose than in relation to the petition.
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 the.
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 it 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.