Online petitions policy to be reviewed by Isle of Wight Council

By Emily Pearce

Thursday, June 19, 2014

 

Online petitions policy to be reviewed by Isle of Wight Council

A petition calling for the Isle of Wight Council to take action over the Frank James Hospital is among those affected by a council policy on e-petitions. Picture by Robin Crossley.

THE Isle of Wight Council is to review its policy on petitions with a view to accepting those submitted online.

According to the constitution, any petition signed by at least 2,500 people must be debated by full council. But recent e-petitions, opposing the introduction of parking charges and calling for urgent repairs to the Frank James Hospital, have not been accepted because the signatories could not be validated.

Currently only written signatures are accepted.

Executive member for corporate governance Cllr Jonathan Bacon said the council was reviewing its approach, and it was hoped a revised policy would be brought before next month’s full council for approval.

He said: "It is hoped a review will provide us with a more adaptable yet still robust way in which we deal with petitions. This will include how we deal with electronic petitions. We will find a way to deal with these issues which will then allow most, if not all, petitions which attract a sufficient number of signatures to be debated by the full council, whether in paper or electronic form."

Cllr Bacon said although online petitions were not sufficient to prompt a full council debate, they were not ignored.

"It is not the case that petitions which do not currently satisfy the rules in the constitution to secure a debate are not ignored or not taken account of. Valid expressions of views are always given attention and taken account of," he said.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by alan naylor

22nd June 2014, at 18:47:03

Online voting next that got a black man president in the states proberly work in England next time WOW

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by Emily Brady

19th June 2014, at 19:20:52

If online petitions spark debates in westminster, shouldn't they be taken into consideration at the IOW Council? Or am I missing something?

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by B Lane

19th June 2014, at 16:58:16

E-petitions, normal petitions, makes no difference, when have the IW Council EVER listened to the public? we only foot the bill, what on earth makes anyone think they are the slightest bit interested in anything we have to say?

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by Marie Cheverton

19th June 2014, at 15:01:34

Not accepting the e-petitions, is the means of escaping whilst backed into a corner.

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by Marie Bevan

19th June 2014, at 13:12:38

I hope online petitions will count, as if am an islander with family still living there.
Just because I no longer live on the Island that shouldn't exclude me if I feel strongly about something , I still care what happens on the Island after all I was born and bred there.
Rant over!!!!!!!

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by Tom Spragg

19th June 2014, at 12:33:45

Sorry Mr Findon, but that last paragraph STILL doesn't make sense - there are way too many "nots" - in particular the one before "ignored"?

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by James McAdder

19th June 2014, at 12:17:28

"Cllr Bacon said although online petitions were not sufficient to prompt a full council debate, they were not ignored."

So, just mostly ignored then......

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by Tim Brayford

19th June 2014, at 11:45:12

Central Government appear to have solved this problem and accept e-petitions, so why not local government?

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by John Stone

19th June 2014, at 11:35:17

It is far easier to double up on written signatures - e-petitions just need coding included in the validation software to identify duplicate email addresses.
However, even this would not stop people (like me) who have more than one email address if they felt strongly on a subject!

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by Mark Jones

19th June 2014, at 11:33:11

Well what's good enough for our own House of Parliament (and even the White House) should surely be accepted on the Isle of Wight! I'm fed up of arguing that the Island isn't behind the rest of the country, come on Cllrs.

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