Petitions to the council

In the run-up to any election, there is a period of heightened sensitivity coinciding with the publication of the election notice, commonly known as “purdah.” 

In order to maintain principles of good governance and avoid conflict on issues which may be contentious, no new petitions can be submitted during the pre-election purdah period from 20 March to 3 May 2018.

The council welcomes petitions and recognises that petitions are one way in which people can let us know their concerns. All petitions sent or presented to the council will receive an acknowledgement within 14 days of receipt. This acknowledgement will set out what we plan to do with the petition.

Petitions can be sent by mail, handed to a councillor or be an e-petition.


Petitions must include:

  • a clear and concise statement covering the subject of the petition
  • a statement of what action the petitioners wish the council to take
  • the contact details (including address) of the person organising the petition. This person will be contacted in response to the petition.
  • the name, address and the signature of any person supporting the petition. An address can be a place of residence, work or study. 

If the petition does not state a petition organiser we will contact the first person to sign the petition.

Petitions which are considered to be antagonistic, abusive or otherwise inappropriate will not be accepted.

If a petition does not follow the guidelines set out above the council may decide not to do anything further with it. In that case, we will write to explain the reasons.

Handing in a petition

Please send paper petitions to

The Chief Executive
Wandsworth Council
Town Hall
SW18 2PU

Submit to a councillor

Petitions can be presented by a councillor at a meeting of the full council. Browse meetings pages for dates and times of these meetings.

If you would like a councillor to present your petition you can find your councillor and contact them by email.

Alternatively, contact the Head of Governance at

It would be helpful if arrangements are made at the latest by five working days before the meeting.