Public participation

Council/executive committee meetings

The council’s scheme of public participation is open to any resident of Tewkesbury Borough, or representative of a business or organisation operating in the borough, provided the representative is present at the meeting at which the petition, question, statement or deputation is presented.

The detailed scheme can be found within the council’s constitution. A summary leaflet of the scheme is available under the ‘documents’ section of this page.

Planning committee meetings

There is a separate scheme in place for public speaking at planning committee meetings, the details of which can be found within the council’s constitution. A summary leaflet of the scheme is available under the ‘documents’ section of this page.


The council has a scheme to respond to petitions.

We recognise that petitions are one way in which people can let the council know their concerns. All petitions sent, or presented, to the council will receive an acknowledgement within 10 working days of receipt. This acknowledgement will set out what we plan to do with the petition. We will treat something as a petition if it is identified as being a petition, or if it seems to us that it is intended to be a petition.

Anyone wishing to organise a petition should contact our democratic services team who will provide you with advice on the procedures that apply. We will also be able to direct you to the relevant council department, or your local borough councillor, to discuss your particular concerns if that would be a more helpful way to resolve them.

An e-petition is a quick and easy way to bring issues to the attention of councillors and influence local decision making. An e-petition can be submitted through our website. E-petitions must follow the same guidelines as paper petitions.

Please note that the submission of an e-petition is not the correct way to object to a planning application. Please refer to the scheme for public speaking at planning committee leaflet, available under the ‘documents’ section of this page, or contact Democratic Services.

Paper petitions can be sent to:

Democratic Services,
Tewkesbury Borough Council,
Public Services Centre
Gloucester Road,
Tewkesbury. GL20 5TT.

Petitions can also be presented to a meeting of the council or executive committee, the dates and times which can be found at

If you would like to present a petition to the council, or would like your councillor, or someone else, to present it on your behalf, please contact the democratic services team at least 10 working days before the meeting, for an explanation of the process.

If the petition has received 100 signatures or more it will also be scheduled for a council debate. Should this be the case, the petition organiser will be advised as to whether this will happen at the same meeting, or a later meeting, of the council.