We want everyone who lives, works or studies in West Sussex to be able to petition the County Council. If we can, we will do what your petition requests. If we cannot, we will explain why.
Before considering whether or not to raise a petition to the County Council you may want to discuss your issue with your local county councillor. They may be able to help you with it, explain how to make representations on a particular subject to the right person and decide whether what you want is a matter for the County Council.
We recommend you read the rules on submitting petitions in the Standing Orders section (paragraphs 3.39 to 3.44) in our Constitution before proceeding. This explains the different options and how we deal with petitions.
For more information on how the Petitions Scheme works and detailed guidance on how to petition the County Council, see the document below.
Types of petitions accepted by the Council
Paper petitions and third party e-petitions are accepted by the County Council, provided they follow the requirements in the Standing Orders (see above).
We accept e-petitions created on websites hosted by third parties. The County Council does not monitor third party petitions websites, so if you are setting up a petition on one of these sites it will be your responsibility to ensure that you submit the petition directly to the County Council (most sites will allow you to download the signatory data and comments, so that you can submit it in an electronic format).
Whichever type of petition you choose, we recommend that you refer to the guidance above before creating or submitting a petition.
Be aware that it is the responsibility of the lead petitioner (the person who created the petition) to submit it in a format that enables us to verify the address of each of the petition's signatories.
Log of petitions to the County Council
You can view the log of petitions submitted to the County Council in the last 18 months, this includes a brief summary of how the County Council has responded.
West Sussex County Council e-petitions
The County Council does not currently have its own e-petitions facility. We are currently reviewing the best way to provide e-petitions on the County Council website and hope to have a new facility in place soon.