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We moved to a new committee management system (Modern.Gov) in early January 2021. As a result, any petitions which were created or signed prior to, or during, this time have been transferred to Modern.Gov from our old system (eGenda). If you signed a petition during this period, your name will appear on a paper copy in Modern.Gov, but will still contribute to the overall petition. This was an interim solution due to the implementation of Modern.Gov, and all future petitions will be created on the Modern.Gov committee management system.

We welcome petitions and recognise that they are a way for people to let us know their concerns. Petitions may be signed by people who live, work or study in Middlesbrough.

If we receive a petition about an issue which we're already consulting with residents about, the petitions scheme will be suspended for that petition.

Our petitions scheme (PDF) sets out how petitions can be submitted and explains how we will deal with them. A brief summary is given below.

Responding to petitions

All petitions sent or presented to the council will be acknowledged within 10 working days. The petition organiser will be told what we plan to do with the petition and when they can expect to hear from us again.

When we receive a petition it'll be sent to the relevant director or head of service for consideration, and the petition organiser will be told what, if anything, the council will do in response. If a petition relates to a planning or licensing application, then it'll be sent to the relevant committee for consideration at the time that the application is considered.

If a petition contains more than 500 signatures it will be debated at a meeting of the full council. The petition organiser will be given five minutes to present the petition at the council meeting and it will then be discussed by councillors for a maximum of 15 minutes.

Electronic or e-petitions

Submit or sign an e-petition via Modern.Gov.

Paper petitions

Petitions should start with the words "We the undersigned call on the council to..." and should appear at the top of every page of the petition.

The petition must include:

  • A clear and concise statement explaining the subject of the petition. It should also state what action the petitioners wish the council to take.
  • The name, address and signature of those people supporting the petition.

Petitions should be accompanied by contact details, including an address, for the petition organiser. This is the person that the council will reply to.

Contact

Petitions are logged and coordinated by the council's Members' Office. The Members' Office can be contacted as follows:

Members' Office
Phone: 01642 729659
Email: petitions@middlesbrough.gov.uk
Post:
Middlesbrough Council
Members' Office
PO Box 503
Town Hall
Middlesbrough
TS1 9FX