Petitions and public participation

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The council has a scheme to respond to petitions.

We welcome petitions and recognise that petitions are one way in which people can let the council know their concerns. All petitions sent, or presented, to the council will receive an acknowledgement within 10 working days of receipt. This acknowledgement will set out what we plan to do with the petition. We will treat something as a petition if it is identified as being a petition, or if it seems to us that it is intended to be a petition.

Anyone wishing to organise a petition should contact Democratic Services (Tel: 01684 272021 / Email: ) who will provide you with advice on the procedures that apply. We will also be able to direct you to the relevant Council department, or your local borough councillor, to discuss your particular concerns if think that would be a more helpful way to resolve them.  


An e-petition is a quick and easy way to bring issues to the attention of councillors and influence local decision making. An e-petition can be submitted through our website.

Please note that the submission of an E-petition is not the correct way to object to a planning application. Please refer to our above scheme for public speaking at planning committee (pdf, 102 KB) or contact Democratic Services for more information Tel: 01684 272021.

E-petitions must follow the same guidelines as paper petitions.

Paper petitions

Paper petitions can be sent to:

Democratic Services,
Tewkesbury Borough Council,
Public Services Centre
Gloucester Road,
Tewkesbury. GL20 5TT.

How do I present a petition?

Petitions can also be presented to a meeting of the council or executive committee, the dates and times which can be found at

If you would like to present a petition to the council, or would like your councillor, or someone else, to present it on your behalf, please contact democratic services on 01684 272021, at least 10 working days before the meeting, for an explanation of the process.

If the petition has received 100 signatures or more it will also be scheduled for a council debate. Should this be the case, the petition organiser will be advised as to whether this will happen at the same meeting, or a later meeting, of the council.

Petitions submitted

A number of paper petitions and E-petitions have been considered by the Council and decisions made.

Public participation

Council/executive committee meetings

The council's scheme of public participation is open to any resident of Tewkesbury Borough, or representative of a business or organisation operating in the borough, provided the representative is present at the meeting at which the petition, question, statement or deputation is presented.

The detailed scheme can be found within the council's constitution. A summary leaflet of the scheme is available above. In addition to this scheme, we also have a petitions scheme in place.

Planning committee meetings

There is a separate scheme in place for public speaking at planning committee meetings, the details of which can be found within the council's constitution.  A summary leaflet of the scheme is available above.

Contact us

If you require any further advice or assistance, please contact democratic services on 01684 272021 or email

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