The City and District Council welcomes petitions from those who live, work or study in the area.  This page provides guidance on how to submit a petition, what matters can be considered by the Council and how your petition will be dealt with.


Electronic Petitions

You can submit your petition either in paper form or electronically as an e-petition.


Submit or view an E-petition.


See below for how to proceed with a paper petition.

Frequently asked questions about petitions

What topics can be the subject of a petition?

Your petition must relate to matters for which the District Council has powers or duties, or which may affect residents and those working or studying in the District.

The District Council has responsibilities for the following:

  • Council Housing, Sheltered Housing, Housing Advice and Homelessness

  • Environmental Health, Food Safety and Pest Control

  • Culture and Community Development, Sport and Recreation

  • Refuse Collection and Recycling

  • Local Planning and Building Control including the Local Development Framework and the conservation of buildings and areas

  • Council Tax Collection including for Hertfordshire County Council, the Fire and Police Authorities and Parish Councils

  • Business Rates Collection

  • Housing Benefits

  • Licensing

The following functions are the responsibility of Hertfordshire County Council:

  • Education

  • Social Services

  • Highways and Transportation (although there are links through the Highways Joint Member Panel)

  • Libraries

  • Trading Standards

If the petition is about something over which the Council has no direct control we will consider making representations on behalf of the community to the relevant body. The Council works with a number of local partners through the St Albans and District Local Strategic Partnership and where possible will work with our partners to respond to your petition.

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In what circumstances will the Council not accept a petition?

The Council will not take action on a petition which we consider to be vexatious, abusive or otherwise inappropriate.

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What must your petition include?

Petitions must include:

  • A clear and concise statement covering the subject of the petition.¬† It should state what action the petitioners wish the Council to take.

  • The name, address and signature of any person supporting the petition.

The petition should be accompanied by contact details for the petition organiser.  If this is not identified we will contact signatories to agree who should act as petition organiser.

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To whom should the petition be addressed?

Paper petitions should be addressed to:

Democratic Services Manager
St Albans City and District Council
District Council Offices
St Peter's Street
St Albans
Herts AL1 3JE

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What will happen next?

An acknowledgement will be sent to the petition organiser within 10 working days of receipt.  We will let the organiser know what we plan to do with the petition. The petition (but not the petition organiser's details) will be published on our website.

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How will the Council respond to petitions?

  • Full Council debates
Petitions must contain a minimum of 30 signatures.  If your petition contains 500 or more signatures it will be debated by the full Council, unless it is a petition asking for a senior council officer to give evidence at a public meeting (see Officer Evidence section below).  The petition organiser will have five minutes to present the petition at the Council meeting. The petition will then be discussed by Councillors for a maximum of 15 minutes. Petitions containing fewer than 500 signatures but more than 30 will be submitted to the next available full Council meeting but there will be no debate.  The petition organiser will be given three minutes to present the petition.
 
  • Officer Evidence
Your petition may ask for a senior council officer to give evidence at a public meeting. If your petition contains at least 500 signatures the relevant officer will give evidence at one of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees. A list of the senior staff that can be called to give evidence can be found at St Albans City and District Council - Council Departments.
 
Depending on what the petition asks for, and how many signatories there are, other action may be taken. Further information on other action that might be taken is contained within the Council's Petition Scheme  within the Section 'How will the Council respond to petitions?' The petition organiser will receive written confirmation of what the Council decides to do with the petition, and this will also be published on our website.

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What can you do if you feel your petition has not been dealt with properly?

If you feel we have not dealt with your petition properly the petition organiser can request that one of the Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committees reviews the steps taken in response to your petition. It will be helpful if you can provide a short explanation of the reasons why you do not consider the Council's response to be adequate. The Committee will consider your request and use its powers to investigate the matter. Once your appeal has been considered the petition organiser will be informed of the results within 5 working days. The results of the review will also be published on our website.

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When might these procedures not apply?

Other procedures will apply if your petition relates to a planning or licensing application, is a statutory petition or relates to a matter where there is already an existing right of appeal. Further information is available on request from the Democratic Services democraticservices@stalbans.gov.uk

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Date of last review: 24 February 2016

Petitions received since the introduction of the Council's current Petition Scheme in May 2010

DATE RECEIVED

SUBJECT OF THE PETITION

NAME OF PETITION ORGANISER

NO OF SIGNATURES


11.11.15


05.07.13 


Save the Green Belt in Redbourn

View the petition


Save Hertfordshire Probation Service

View the petition


Parish Cllr David Mitchell


Mr Gordon Jackson


230


91

20.06.13

Sunday parking restrictions at Fishpool Street
View the petition letter

View the letter of response

Peter Godwin, Chairman, Fishpool Street Residents Association121
31.05.13

Petition calling on St Albans District Council to reject the application to fell six sycamore trees and one pine tree situated between Ridgmont Road and St Albans City Station

View the petition letter

Andrew Dixon24

 25.11.12

 'We ask St Albans Council to paint double yellow lines on the school crossing on Royal Road, both on the school side and the park side of the road, to improve the safety of our children coming and going from Fleetville Infant Sohool every day'.
View the petition
View acknowledgement letter 5 December 2012

 Catherine Ross,
Parent Governor, Fleetville Infant and Nursery School

 292

 12.11.12

 Objection to release of land for housing development on Oaklands green belt land adjacent to Sandpit Lane
View the petition
View acknowledgement letter 12 November 2012
View notification of Council decision at 28 November 2012

 Mrs Gaynor Clarke
No Oaklands Housing Action Group

 732

 02.05.12

 Footpath widening at King Harry Lane from its junction with Abbey Avenue
View the petition
View acknowledgement letter 21 May2012

 Mr Mike Palmer
Chair of Verulam Residents Association

 67

 02.03.12

 For Marshalswick to be an Area of Defined Residential Character
View the petition
Letter of invitation to 21 March 2012 Council
Notification of decision at 21 March 2012 Council

 Mr Doug Leedham

 621

 08.11.11

Re-opening of the railway line from Leasey Bridge Lane to Wheathampstead
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Letter of Invitation to 23 November 2011 Council
Confirmation of result Council 23 November 2011

 Ella and Jo Ashcroft

 133

 12.09.11

Reintroduction of BRE as a possible site for future residential development into the Core Strategy pre-submission document
View the Petition
Letter of invitation to 14 September 2011 Council

Mr L G Hart, Chair of Bricket Wood Residents Association

 553

 27.06.11

Cycle Routes across Verulamium Park, St Albans
View the Petition
Letter of Invitation to 20 July 2011 Council meeting
Confirmation of result Council 20 July 2011

Mr Stephen Wragg, Chair of the St Albans Cycle Campaign

 1,085

 09.06.11

Introduction of residents-only parking at Culver Road, St Albans AL1
"We support the introduction of residents-only parking on Culver Road"
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Letter of invitation to 20 July 2011 Council meeting
Invitation to the Car Parking Working Party on 27 July 2011

Suzanne Steadman and Gwen Morgan

 57

21.02.11

Noise Nuisance at The Old Station Yard, Redbourn.
"We the undersigned who live in the vicinity of The Old Station Yard, Redbourn, have, for the past four or five months, had our environment completely disturbed and disrupted by the noise from the activities carried out at the site by the Kane Group."
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Letter of invitation to 23 March 2011 Council meeting

Mr Paul and Mrs Jennifer Dewhirst

 40

 08.02.11

Proposed Inclusion of the Building Research Establishment into the Council’s Core Strategy as a site for future development                       
‚ÄúWe the undersigned are opposed to The St Albans District Council‚Äôs proposed inclusion of the Building Research Establishment into their Core Strategy as a site for future development, involving the building of 150 new houses with the possibility of access to and from this site through the village of Bricket Wood, via the cul-de-sac of Bucknalls Drive.‚ÄĚ
 View the petition
Acknowledgement Letter 8 February 2011
Letter of invitation to 23 February 2011 Council meeting
Letter confirming result at 23 February 2011 Council meeting

Mr L G Hart, Chair of Bricket Wood Residents Association

 522

 10.01.11

Proposed Development of Green Belt Land East of Harpenden Road, St Albans
'We, the undersigned, oppose the allocation of land east of Harpenden Road, St Albans, as a strategic housing allocation by St Albans City and District Council.'
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Outcome of 19 January 2011 Council meeting

 Mark Carrington 
Chair of CLASH (Campaign by Locals Against Sewell Housing)

 1,496

 06.12.10

 Request for the Council to back the Animal Aid Meat-Free Monday initiative
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Acknowledgement letter 8 December 2010
Letter of invitation to 19 January 2011 Council meeting
Outcome of 19 January 2011 Council meeting
Follow up letter 28 January 2011

 Kelly Slade 
Campaigns Officer 
Animal Aid

 56

 17.11.10

 Allotment provision in St Albans
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Petition response letter 11 January 2011

 June Wetherly

 6

 09.11.10

We, the undersigned, believe that St Albans District Council has a responsibility to plan for the housing and care of elderly people, and that something needs to be done to provide appropriate accommodation for St Albans residents, therefore we support the identification of land at Chiswell Green for elderly care and extra care facilities.
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 John Archbold, 
Managing Director, Newlyn Developments

 281

 15.10.10

To plant new trees in Verulamium Park to replace those which have died or are dying and thus safeguard the beauty of Verulamium Park for future generations
View the petition letter
Council response 15 October 2010
Letter of invitation to 24 November 2010 Council meeting
Letter confirming outcome of 24 November 2010 Council meeting
Letter of response 21 January 2011

 The Friends of Verulamium Park

 1153

25.05.10

Installation of two CCTV cameras in Lamb Lane and upgrade of  cameras in High Street, Redbourn
View this petition
Council Response 7 July 2010
Letter to Mr and Mrs Godfrey 15 November 2010
Letter from Mr and Mrs Godfrey 29 November 2010
Letter to Mr and Mrs Godfrey from Cllr Oxley 7 December 2010

Jean and Tony Godfrey

279

Date of last review: 26 November 2015