Learn about people power with East Northants Council

Cllr Steven North
Cllr Steven North
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East Northamptonshire Council is marking Local Democracy Week with a wealth of information about registering to vote, how to vote and other ways to have your say on issues that matter to residents.

As part of the week, which ends on October 19, the authority is letting people know about petitions and how to start one.

The council welcomes petitions with 50 or more signatures, recognising that they are a great way for people to let them know their concerns.

Steven North, leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “Creating a petition gives individuals and community groups a voice, allowing people the opportunity to raise issues with councillors.

“We take public concern very seriously and will always consider petitions carefully.”

Petitions with more than 4,000 signatures can be presented at any one of the full council meetings during the year for a debate.

If you would like to present your petition to the council, or would like your councillor to present it on your behalf, contact the democratic services manager on 01832 742113 or email memberservices@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk at least five working days before the meeting.

The council petition scheme can be viewed online at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/petitions.

Petitions can also be sent to East Northamptonshire Council addressed to Member Services Officer, East Northamptonshire Council, Cedar Drive, Thrapston NN14 4LZ.

An acknowledgement will be sent within 14 days, which will set out what the council plans to do in response.

Throughout Local Democracy Week 2014, East Northamptonshire Council has highlighted how to register to vote, have your say at council meetings, find out more about the work of town and parish councils, get involved in consultation opportunities and submit a petition.

For more details go to www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/news/archive.