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What is a petition

A petition is an important way for people to raise matters that are not otherwise covered by the complaints procedure.

Any communication that requests a Council response to an issue of concern that affects all or part of the Borough is treated as a petition.

A petition must:

1)Have at least ten signatories;
2)Be relevant to Ipswich Borough Council, or to a matter that affects Ipswich.

While we like to hear from people who live, work or study in Ipswich, this is not a requirement for a petition. We would take a petition from people who may live outside of the borough but are visitors or service users or council facilities equally seriously.

A petition must include:
1) A clear and concise statement covering the subject of the petition;
2) A statement of what action the petitioners wish the Council to take;
3) The name, address and signature of any person supporting the petition;
4) Contact details, including the address of the Lead Petitioner.

Petitions will not be accepted if they are considered to be vexatious, abusive or otherwise inappropiate.

If the Council decides that a petition is not acceptable, then the Lead Petitioner will be notified of the reasons why this decision has been taken.