Easier way to get views across
An online petition system has been launched by Merton Council to make it easier for residents to get their views heard.
The new e-petition scheme allows residents to submit new petitions, view and sign ongoing petitions and review past petitions.
A petition can relate to anything that will improve the economic, social and environmental well being of Merton. The council encourages petitions signed by people who live, work or study in the borough. Petitions can also be submitted by writing to the council or through ward councillors.
Once an application to set up a petition has been made, the council will contact you within five working days to discuss it. It can then let you know if it can accept your petition and ask you how it can respond to the issue you have raised.
Once your petition is live you will have up 12 weeks to collect signatures. Petitions will be reviewed and answered during full meetings of the council throughout the year.
Councillor Edith Macauley, Merton Council cabinet member for community safety, engagement and equalities said: "We are always keen to hear the views and concerns of our residents and the petition has long been a popular way to raise issues."
To find out more, or submit a petition, go to www.merton.gov.uk/petitions.
January 17, 2011