29th June 2018
A Petitions Committee is being established by South Lanarkshire Council following a report by a Group chaired by Rutherglen South Liberal Democrat Councillor Robert Brown. The Committee will commence work after the summer recess. The proposal of the Task & Finish Group was approved by the Council at its meeting on 27thJune.
Petitions will require at least 50 signatures and relate to matters within the Council’s control. Individual complaints and matters being heard through normal planning or licensing processes will not be competent petitions.
“I have long thought that there needed to be a direct line for citizens of South Lanarkshire to put their ideas, concerns and grievances directly into the decision making process at the Council. A process for people to lodge petitions with the Council and have them heard by a Council Committee could be a major step in giving local people more power.
I am glad that the Petitions Committee has now been approved by the Council with the support of all Parties. That gives it strength and standing. We were also insistent that it should be independent of the Council administration and chaired by an Opposition Councillor.
The Council will now be publicising the arrangements for the new Committee so that local people and community groups are aware of it.
I believe this is a major step towards opening up the Council and making it more accountable to the public.”