Petitions protocol

Information and guidance regarding the Authority’s Petitions Protocol.

Who can Petition Cheshire Fire Authority?

Anyone that has an interest in the area covered by Cheshire Fire Authority, i.e. lives in, or works in the boroughs of Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton or Warrington.

Members of Cheshire Fire Authority cannot petition.

What can a Petition be about?

Normally it can cover anything that is relevant to what Cheshire Fire Authority is responsible for.  However, certain petitions may not be accepted and the following is a list of examples:

  • If it is concerned with issues that should be considered using the Complaints Procedure

  • If it is about the behaviour of individual officers and/or Members which should be dealt with using disciplinary processes

  • If it is about employee’s terms and conditions of employment

  • If it contains defamatory statements, or discriminatory language

  • If it makes accusations about someone breaking the law

  • If its purpose is to support a political party

Petitions concerned with issues over which Cheshire Fire Authority has no control will not normally be accepted.

What should be included with the Petition?

Cheshire Fire Authority has a form which should be completed.  This is designed to help officers and promoters of petitions deal with Petitions.  The form is required whether the Petition is hard copy or electronic.. 

Petitions protocol - form (new window, Word Document 138KB)

Who should I send the Petition to?

If the Petition is hardcopy please post it to:

Democratic Services
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters
Sadler Road
Winsford
Cheshire 
CW7 2FQ

If the Petition is electronic, please inform Democratic Services by e-mail at joanne.smith@cheshirefire.gov.uk and explain how the Petition can be accessed once the period for signature of the Petition has expired

What happens to the Petition?

It will firstly be checked to ensure that it is a valid Petition.  If any issues need to be considered prior to deciding on the validity of a Petition, the Democratic Services team will contact the Promoter of the Petition.

If a Petition is not accepted the Democratic Services team will inform the Promoter of the Petition.

If a Petition is valid the Democratic Services team will verify the number of signatures.  This total may also be split to assist Members, e.g. between signatures from individuals that have a direct interest in the issue and those that appear not to.  Members will take into account the number of signatories when considering a Petition.

Valid Petitions are brought to the attention of Members normally at the next available Fire Authority meeting.  Promoters of Petitions are not required to attend the meeting, but are able to do so.  There will not normally be any discussion about a Petition at the Fire Authority meeting that it is presented to, unless it concerns an issue which is already the subject of a report to the Authority.  In such instances, the Promoter of the Petition may wish to attend the meeting to listen to be debate and/or ask questions (which must be submitted in advance).

Promoters of Petitions can expect a written response on behalf of Cheshire Fire Authority.

Data Protection

The form that Promoters of Petitions are required to submit with their Petitions will contain personal data.  Such data will not be released.

Individuals that sign petitions should realise that the details that they include in a petition will be open to public scrutiny.  They should not expect their details to be withheld as a Petition will be treated as a public document.  It will be open to public inspection and may be published.