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HART AGREES TO MODERNISE PETITION SCHEME

UPDATED RULES FOR ONLINE E-PETITIONS

POSITIVE MOVE FORWARD FOR HART RESIDENTS

Tonight brought about a positive change in our local politics with Hart District Council taking moves towards modernising their petition scheme and making it more accessible to local residents.

Previous issues with resident run petitions have revolved around the fact that online e-petition schemes through popular site such as Change.org and 38 Degrees do not require signatories to state their full postal address on individual petitions, even though they use it to sign up to the sites. This has allowed some councillors to question the validity of certain petitions, even though the signatures contain both a name and a postcode which could easily have been checked by any local council wishing to do so.

At the Hart District Council Standards Committee meeting tonight, Councillor Steve Forster put forward a proposal on behalf of the many local residents that have requested a fairer change in procedure and which would bring HDC in line with other councils as well as local government when it comes to such schemes.

Below: Section 9 from tonights Hart District Council meeting which proposes a more modern approach to petition submission.

The common sense proposal appears to have passed without any major issues and has reached an agreement in principal to progress matters forward and to look at the different options of accepting e-petitions from a known sites or sites. There is also the possibility that Hart may consider implementing their own online petition scheme in the future as other councils have already done.

If you would like to view the official full stream of Hart District Council’s meeting tonight (that won’t be deleted within 24 hours!), it is shown below for you along with the agenda. It should be mentioned that number 9 on the agenda was brought forwards to earlier in the proceedings. The sound quality was very low on the original version, so we have adjusted this to make it easier for you to hear it.

Below: Hart District Council Agenda 20/01/20.

Below: Hart District Council official stream of meeting 20/01/10.

Any progress that makes local politics and procedures easier to understand and to interact with are extremely welcome locally and can only benefit the residents of Hart, offering a more transparent and open minded option for all. So, as we wait for the final stamp of approval on the plans, well done and thank you to Councillor Steve Forster for proposing the motion and Hart District Council for agreeing to move forward with this long overdue measure.

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