Petitions

We welcome petitions and recognise that petitions are one way in which people can let us know their concerns. We will acknowledge all petitions sent or presented to the Council . This acknowledgement will set out what we plan to do with the petition.

How to submit and find a petition

Current petitions to Wycombe DC

Current petitions to Bucks CC

  • See also: Bucks CC petitions for county-wide petitions that may also be relevant to Wycombe district

Submit a petition online

  • Use ePetitions to create, sign and submit petitions to Wycombe DC online. 

Submit a petition by post

Please send paper petitions to:

Head of Democratic, Legal and Policy Services
Wycombe District Council
Queen Victoria Road
High Wycombe HP11 1BB

Submit a petition in person

Petitions can also be presented to a meeting of the Council. These meetings take place six times a year. Calendar of meetings

If you would like to present your petition to the Council, or would like your councillor to present it on your behalf, please contact our Democratic Services team at least five working days before the meeting and they will talk you through the process.

Guidelines for submitting a petition

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 at least ten people supporting the petition
  • petitions should 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 signatories to the petition to agree who should act as the petition organiser.
  • petitions which are considered to be vexatious, abusive or otherwise inappropriate will not be accepted. If a petition does not follow the guidelines set out above, the council may decide not to do anything further with it. In that case, we will write to you to explain the reasons.

What we do with petitions

We will send an acknowledgement to the petition organiser within 14 days of receiving the petition. It will let them know what we plan to do with the petition and when they can expect to hear from us again. We will also publish the petition on our website.

If the petition applies to a planning or licensing application, or is a statutory petition (for example requesting a referendum on having an elected mayor), or is on a matter where there is already an existing right of appeal, such as council tax banding and non-domestic rates, other procedures apply.

Further information on all these procedures and how you can express your views is available here:

We will not take action on any petition which we consider to be vexatious, abusive or otherwise inappropriate and will explain the reasons for this in our acknowledgement of the petition.

To ensure that people know what we are doing in response to the petitions we receive the details of all the petitions submitted to us will be published on our website, except in cases where this would be inappropriate. Whenever possible we will also publish all correspondence relating to the petition (all personal details will be removed).

When you sign an e-petition you can elect to receive this information by email. We will not send you anything which is not relevant to the e-petition you have signed.

How we respond to petitions

Our response to a petition will depend on what a petition asks for and how many people have signed it.

The following is the minimal response that you can expect depending on the number of signatures:

  • Less than 200: a response from the relevant officer
  • 200 to 1,500: a response from the relevant cabinet member
  • 1,501 to 7,999: referral to the Cabinet
  • 8,000: debate at the meeting of full Council.

This means that the issue raised in the petition will be discussed at a meeting which all councillors can attend. The petition organiser will be given five minutes to present the petition at the meeting and councillors will then discuss the petition for a maximum of 15 minutes. The council will decide how to respond to the petition at this meeting. They may decide to take the action the petition requests, not to take the action requested for reasons put forward in the debate, or to commission further investigation into the matter, for example by a relevant committee. The petition organiser will receive written confirmation of this decision. This confirmation will also be published on our website.

For local issues which only affect one ward, the trigger for a full Council debate will be 500 (at the discretion of the Head of Democratic, Legal and Policy Services). You will be advised on the reason if this is not accepted as a local issue.

If your petition is about something over which the council has no direct control (for example the local railway or hospital), we will aim to make representations on behalf of the community to the relevant body if considered appropriate. The council works with a large number of local partners and where possible will work with these partners to respond to your petition.

If we are not able to do this for any reason (for example if what the petition calls for conflicts with Council policy), then we will set out the reasons for this to you.

If your petition is about something that a different council is responsible for we will give consideration to what the best method is for responding to it. It might consist of simply forwarding the petition to the other Council, but could involve other steps. In any event we will always notify you of the action we have taken.

No repeat or similar petitions will be accepted within a six month period.

Other ways to have your say

Petitions are one way, but not the only way, that people can use to raise important issues with us. You can also:

Contact information

  • Telephone: 01494 421 214