Campaigner calls for e-petitions to be accepted

By Martin Neville

Saturday, May 31, 2014

 

A CAMPAIGNER who collected more than 3,000 names against proposals to scrap free parking at Puckpool and Appley parks has called on the Isle of Wight Council to recognise digital petitions.

Tony Gibbs, of Brading, used the website change.org to compile his petition but was not allowed to present it formally at last week’s council meeting because it did not meet strict rules, which require signatures.

However, the petition was accepted by the authority and Mr Gibbs was allowed to ask a question at the start of the meeting.

But he told the County Press afterwards: "The council should change its policy to allow recognised and verified sites, such as change.org, to facilitate public petitions.

"If it is good enough for the British Foreign Office to use to change policy with the American government and coastguard to resume the search for four British sailors, surely it is good enough for the Isle of Wight Council?"

A council spokesman said signatures allowed the authority to verify the number of people signing a petition to prevent multiple entries by the same person.

He said: "The other alternative is to accept an individual person’s e-mail address. This could still mean a person with several e-mail accounts could sign up to a petition more than once."

He said these issues would be looked at by the constitution working party when it considered the matter.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by David Blackford

1st June 2014, at 06:13:38

OK Jack - I thought it was just a Ryde petition. - Must have been signed by dog walkers from outside the Ryde area then.

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by Jack Morton

31st May 2014, at 19:59:37

Petitions from Change.org are accepted by a number of organisation including national government. Personal details are submitted by those e signing including name email and address

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by Jack Morton

31st May 2014, at 19:56:47

David Blackford are you suggesting that the names on the petition have been fabricated and if so what are your reasons for thinking this? Also if you are referring to the pictures in the CP of last Sunday's meeting at Appley there were considerably more than 50 people present and a lot of people did not have dogs.

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by David Blackford

31st May 2014, at 15:19:01

Sorry + Andrew too

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by David Blackford

31st May 2014, at 15:18:27

I agree Grahame - 3,000 sounds an awful lot from the Ryde population of about 30,000 - including children.
That photo in the CP looked more like about 50 + dogs

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by Grahame salter

31st May 2014, at 14:55:01

Council spokesman says "signatures allowed the Authority to verify the number of people signing a petition to prevent multiple entries by the same person".....actually signing a petition form in ink doesn't stop anyone signing it, in as many different names and addresses as they like...or do they check every name and address and ask them if they signed a petition lol.

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