Petition city council using online facility

AN E-petition service is now running on Sheffield Council's website.

People can create a petition on any issue over which Sheffield Council has power, such as transport, education or waste collection, and aims to make the Town Hall more open and transparent.

The electronic option is in addition to the more traditional way of submitting petitions, by handing them in at council meetings.

Sheffield Council leader Coun Paul Scriven said: "We believe that local people know what is best for their area.

"That's why Liberal Democrats have been keen to implement the e-petitions scheme which makes it easier than ever to get involved and point out what the council should be doing."

He said: "Hopefully, this will also encourage more local people to have a say influencing big decisions.

"This is the people's council and it's local people themselves who should be able to set the agenda.

"It's about making the council more open, transparent and easy to access. From day one that's exactly what Liberal Democrats in Sheffield have been aiming to achieve and I believe this development is a great step forward."

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