Cllr Alastair Majury on Stirling Council deeming two petitions Invalid
Stirling Council has deemed two petitions invalid both relating to Dunblane issues citing them invalid as they thought that there had not been any reasonable steps made by the petitioner prior to starting the petition. This is despite in one case local Councillor Alastair Majury meeting with council officers on site on behalf of a principal petitioner.
The two petitions deemed invalid for a reason that is not included in the council’s guidance for public petitions relate to the ongoing community conversations about the controversial Dunblane Community Partnership led £1.3M ‘Stirling Road Access for All’ project, and a petition seeking path and lighting improvements to Newton Crescent Park. Meaning that the petitions won’t by councillors effectively silencing those seeking positive changes for their community.
The petition relating to the £1.3 million streetscape project attracted support from over 170 people. On behalf the principal petitioners and everyone who signed both petitions, Cllr Majury has raised the issue directly with both the Chief Executive and Chief Governance Officer in early May but has not yet reached a satisfactorily resolution.
In the petitions guidance Stirling Council states that the public petitions process is one way that a community, individuals, groups or businesses can be involved in what the Council does. The submission of a petition can have a positive outcome by creating informed debate which may result in the Council taking action to address the concerns raised in a petition.
Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Councillor Alastair Majury said:
“Given concerns that more and more people are becoming extremely disillusioned with the political system, including both politicians and councils, I believe that we should be applauding those who wish to participate in local democracy. I am extremely disappointed that the council has decided to simply reject these petitions rather than work with the principal petitions to ensure that their voice is heard, rejecting a petition should be the absolute last resort. I will continue to help my community have their voice heard, and that still includes using the petitions process to do so.”
Do you think Stirling Council deeming a petition to be invalid should only be as a last resort and that the council should work with the principal petitioner to see if a petition could be made to be valid if the council think it is currently invalid?
I would be keen to know your thoughts and I am sure that the Stirling Observer (firstname.lastname@example.org) would also be keen to know what your thoughts are on this topic.
Information regarding the Stirling Council petitions process is available here.
Note that the Introduction to the Petition’s Guidance states:
Stirling Council aims to make the Council as accessible as possible and to deliver quality and best value by providing good quality services, which meet the needs of communities.
The public petitions process is one way that a community, individuals, groups or businesses can be involved in what the Council does. The submission of a petition can have a positive outcome by creating informed debate which may result in the Council taking action to address the concerns raised in a petition.
Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair Majury is also a volunteer officer at the local Boys’ Brigade company, a charity which focuses on enriching the lives of children and young people, and building a stronger community. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.