Latest petition to Council calls for new memorial

The next petition to be heard by the Council’s Petitions Committee calls for a memorial to conscientious objectors and opponents of wars.

The petition, held by Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre, received 453 signatures after being launched in March.

On Thursday Councillors will consider the petition, deciding whether it merits further action and reference to another decision making body.

Convener of the Petitions Committee, Cllr Maggie Chapman, said: “This petition is a good example of the kind of issues and interests that people of Edinburgh might wish to highlight through the Committee.

“The Petitions Committee was established to enable individuals, communities, organisations and businesses to participate in and contribute to the work of the Council. It provides an important forum for people to raise issues of concern and interest with us in a dedicated and supported environment, and to make their voices heard.

"It is a great way to help to make Edinburgh a better place to live, learn, work and play in, and I would like to encourage all those with something specific they would like the Council to address to consider setting up a petition.”

The Petitions Committee was established in December 2012 to allow members of the public to influence Council decisions and highlight the need for change.

By taking part in or creating petitions, individuals, community groups and organisations have been able to raise issues of concern amongst Councillors, opening up democracy in the city.

Anyone who lives in Edinburgh and is over the age of 16 years old can start or sign a petition, which can be created using a form on the Council’s website. Members of the public can sign petitions online or papers copies can be downloaded from the Council’s website and are available from libraries and other Council buildings.

Petitions must satisfy a range of criteria before being confirmed as valid, including:
  • The subject of the petition cannot be a matter currently under consideration by a committee, included in a work programme or those that relate to a council or committee decision that has been made in the previous six months.
  • Petitions from individuals require at least 200 signatures. 
  • Petitions from local businesses need the support of at least 20 other businesses within Edinburgh before they can be considered.
  • If a petition is invalid, the petitioner will be advised of the reason and given the opportunity to refine and resubmit it.

The Petitions Committee will meet at 2pm on Thursday, 11th June and will be broadcast live via webcast.

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