The Council welcomes petitions and recognises that petitions are one way in which people can let us know their concerns.

The Council has adopted a Petition Scheme, in accordance with the requirements of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009, which sets out how the Council will respond to the petitions that it receives.

The aim of the scheme is to help reinvigorate local democracy, by putting local authorities at the forefront of the drive to reconnect people with public decision-making.

Petition Scheme

All petitions sent or presented to the Council will receive an acknowledgement from the Council 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.

If you wish to start a paper petition, you can wish use our petition tempalte :  pdfprintable petition template.

Paper petitions can be sent to:

Michael Dowson
Democratic Services Manager
Richmondshire District Council
Mercury House
Station Road
North Yorkshire
DL10 4JX
If you would like to create or sign an exsisting E-Petition, please visit

Petitions can also be presented to a meeting of the Council. These meetings take place 5 times a year, dates and times can be found here. If you would like to present your petition to the Council, or would like your Councillor or someone else to present it on your behalf, please contact Caroline Pounder on 01748 901014 at least 10 working days before the meeting and they will talk you through the process. If your petition has received 250 signatures or more it will also be scheduled for a Council debate and if this is the case we will let you know whether this will happen at the same meeting or a later meeting of the Council.

Subject Matter

Petitions can be on any subject of local community interest and not just matters limited to the Council’s specific powers however there are some limitations on what can and cannot be considered and these are explained in more detail below.


Richmondshire District Council accepts no liability for the petitions on these web pages. The views expressed in the petitions do not necessarily reflect those of Richmondshire District Council.