The petitions process allows members of the public to have direct influence on the political process and to raise concerns that are important to them.
Anyone who lives, works or studies in Merthyr Tydfil, including under 18's, can sign or organise a petition. However, the minimum age of a person who can sign the petition is 10.
Members of the public can submit petitions on the following:
- Issues relating to the Council's responsibilities.
- Issues which affect the Borough or communities in Merthyr Tydfil, as long as the Council is in a position to exercise some degree of influence.
- Anything relating to an improvement in the economic, social or environmental well-being of the area to which any of the Council's partners could contribute.
A petition can also be made to hold a referendum on the executive arrangements of the Council. This can only be done during the petition period between 1 May to 31 October the year before the ordinary local government elections. The Council will publish a statement of what figure represents 10% of the electorate and this is the minimum number of electors names required on the petition.
The Council will respond to all the petitions it receives. We will be as flexible as we can when handling your petition so that it is considered quickly and in the most appropriate way.
How do I submit a petition?
All petitions sent or presented to the council will receive an acknowledgement from the council within 14 days of receipt. This acknowledgement will set out what we plan to do with the petition.
Paper petitions can be sent to:
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
What will the Council do when it received my petition?
We will acknowledge the petition within 14 days of receiving it and let the petition organiser know what we plan to do with the petition.
What can I do if I feel my petition has not been dealt with properly?
If you feel that we have not dealt with your petition properly, the petition organiser has the right to request that the Scrutiny Board review the steps that the Council has taken in response to your petition.
The Scrutiny Board will consider your request within 30 days of receiving it. Should members feel that the Council has not dealt with your petition adequately, it may use any of its powers to deal with the matter.
These powers include instigating an investigation, making recommendations to the executive or arranging for the matter to be considered at a meeting of the full council.