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Wednesday , January , 16 2019


Carlisle City Council welcomes both E-Petitions and paper copy petitions and recognises that petitions are one way in which people can let us know their concerns.

For more details on how to submit a petition please see the 'Scheme for Submission of Petitions' in the downloadable documents at the bottom of the page.

A table containing details of petitions received by the Council and the actions taken can be viewed the the downloadable documents at the bottom of the screen.


An E-Petition is a petition which collects signatures online. This allows petitions to be made available to a potentially much wider audience than a traditional paper based petition. Anyone who lives, works or studies in Carlisle and who is a registered elector of the district of the Council can sign a petition.

You can submit a new petition or sign an existing petition by accessing any of the Active e-petitions that are listed.

E-Petitions are part of Carlisle City Council’s ongoing commitment to listening to and acting on the views of the public. We would be grateful for your views on this new service. Please submit any comments you may have to [email protected].

The Council accepts no liability for the contents of petitions on these webpages. The views expressed should not be considered as those of the Council.

Mayoral Petitions

The Local Government Act 2000 allows you to petition your Council to hold a referendum on whether local people should elect a Mayor to lead the Council. This is conducted under the Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions and Directions) (England) Regulations 2011.

What is our current arrangement?

For each local authority there is an Executive.  Depending on the local arrangements, the Executive is organised in one of three ways:

  • A Leader elected by the Council and a cabinet of Councillors; or
  • A directly elected Mayor and a council manager appointed by the Council.
  • What is a directly elected Mayor?

    A directly elected Mayor is elected by all the voters in the Council’s area to be the head of the Council’s decision making body.

    A directly elected Mayor should not be confused with a ceremonial Mayor.

    Why is a referendum necessary?

    The introduction of a directly elected Mayor is a significant constitutional change and so a referendum is held to give all voters in the area a chance to choose if they would want this to happen.

    In order to call a referendum for a directly elected Mayor, a petition must be compiled which is signed by 5% of the number of local government electors that are shown in the current Register of Electors. This 5% figure is called the ‘verification figure’ and is published annually as a formal notice.

    Contact Elections Officers

    Email[email protected]

    Telephone - 01228 817555 or 01228 817556

    Address – Electoral registration, Carlisle City Council, Civic Centre, Carlisle, CA3 8QG

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