Merton takes petitions online for the New Year

Merton Council is making it easier for residents to get their views heard with the launch of an online petition system.

Now live on its website, Merton Council’s new e-petition scheme allows residents to submit new petitions, view and sign ongoing petitions and review past petitions. The new electronic option is designed to make petitioning simpler.

A petition can relate to anything that will improve the economic, social and environmental well being of Merton. The council welcomes and actively encourages petitions signed by people who live, work or study in the borough. As well as via the new system, petitions can also be submitted by writing to the council or through your ward councillor. The new online petition scheme sets out how to submit a petition and how we will respond.

The current way in which the council collects petitions means it is difficult to know how many are received. The new e-petitions system will make it a lot more manageable for everyone involved.

Once you have applied to set up a petition the council will contact you within five working days to discuss it. The council can then let you know if it can accept your petition and ask you how it can best respond to the issue you have raised. Once your petition is live on the system you will have up 12 weeks to collect signatures. The council will then contact you to make sure you still wish to submit the petition.

Petitions will be reviewed and answered during full meetings of the council throughout the year.

Councillor Edith Macauley, Merton Council cabinet member for community safety, engagement and equalities said:

” We are always keen to hear the views and concerns of our residents and the petition has long been a popular way to raise issues.

“Having this new e-petitions options will make the process much simpler and help the council engage with as many people as possible.”

To find out more or submit a petition, go to http://www.merton.gov.uk/petitions