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We recognise the importance of petitions, as a means of engaging with local communities and enabling the public to let us know about their concerns as well as a mechanism for generating service improvements. Petitions may be submitted on paper, by email or as an e-petition.  

In order for a petition to be accepted, it should be about a service that the council provides or about a decision that the council is intending to take. Any communication which is signed by, or sent to the council, on behalf of a number of people who live, work or study within East Suffolk could be treated as a petition.

The East Suffolk Council Petition Scheme sets out what important information a petition must contain, any matters which might be excluded under the scheme and what action the council will take on receiving a petition. Please refer to the Petition Scheme before submitting a petition.

Paper petitions should be sent to our postal address.

Petitions submitted by email should be sent to democraticservices@eastsuffolk.gov.uk.

There are several websites that enable you to create an e-petition which can then be submitted to the council (see section 10 of our Petitions Scheme for more details).

All petitions will be acknowledged within seven days. The acknowledgement will let you know what we plan to do with the petition and when you can expect to hear from us again. The petition will also be published on our website.