Councillor Alastair Majury on Stirling Council deems another Petition Invalid
Stirling Council has deemed an E-Petition submitted in relation to the Viewforth Link “Invalid” and has rejected it.
The reason given, is that they believe no reasonable steps were taken by the petitioners.
There does not appear to have been any reasonable steps in attempting to resolve issues with Officers of the Council before submission of the petition. (please refer to point 5 of the attached petitions guidance, which is available on the Council website https://www.stirling.gov.uk/council-democracy/consultations/petitions/)
The council did not ask the petitioner whether or not they had taken any reasonable steps before they reached this conclusion.
This comes after the council previously rejected two paper based petitions for the same reason despite the petitioners taken reasonable steps and the council eventually agreeing that this was the case.
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 this petition rather than work with the principal petitioner to ensure that their voice is heard, rejecting a petition should be the absolute last resort. I will continue to help my community, and the wider Stirling area 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?
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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.
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