We want everyone who lives, works or studies in Torbay to be able to petition us. If we can, we will do what your petition requests. If we cannot, we will explain why.

Petitions Scheme
How we deal with petitions, the different options available and how to submit a petition.


You can start a petition or support an existing petition using the online system. You will need to register to do this.

  Submit or support an e-petition

Petitions Received
Date received Format of Petition Number of signatures Subject of petition Status Decision/Outcome
22 March 2016 Paper

To reduce the current speed limit on Centenary Way from 30 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour.

As the petition contained less than 25 valid signatures, it was referred directly to the Assistant Director Community and Customer Services, Fran Hughes for consideration.

26 August 2015 e-petition 70

Stop Housing Discrimination Against Homeless People With Pets

The petition was noted at the 24 September 2015 Council meeting. The petition was referred to the decision maker, Assistant Director (Community & Customer Services), Fran Hughes for response.

Stop Housing Discrimination Response

31 July 2015 e-petition 9

Watcombe Estate Lack of Maintenance Care

As the petition contained less than 25 signatures, it was referred directly to the Assistant Director (Community & Customer Services), Fran Hughes for response.

Watcombe Estate Response

12 February 2015 Paper

Protect Our Kids. We the Undersigned call on the Elected Mayor and Torbay Council to put back into the budget the reduction of £19,000 to ensure that Torbay Council continues to provide a road safety education service for under 16 year olds.

The petition was handed in at the 12 Feb 15 Council meeting, which was after the submission deadline. However the decision was made at the Council meeting to re-instate the money back into the budget.

This was passed to the Road Safety Team for their information.

10 February 2015 & 9 December 2014 Paper and e-petition 1426 Total 1336 paper signatures 90 e-signatures

As freehold land owner, Torbay Council is asked to covenant with the residents of Torquay not to allow any development of Cary Green without first obtaining the agreement of the majority of the residents of Torquay at a referendum.

The petition will be debated by Members at the 26 February 2015 Council Meeting.

Cary Green Covenant Decision

17 January 2015 Paper 348

We, the Undersigned, are against the building of a Hotel and Apartments next to the Pavilion & Marina Car Park on Torquay Harbour side, incorporating Cary Green as their car park. We ask you not to release the lease associated with this plot of land to the developers.

The contents of the petition were carefully considered and on this occasion it was decided to decline the petition as it was materially similar to a petition that was presented to a meeting of the Council, on 17 July 2014. The petition was, however, forwarded to the Planning department to be considered as part of the planning process.

Referred to the Planning Department

16 December 2014 e-petition N/A

Cary Green – We, the undersigned want to object to destroy what we already have here. Listen to the people of Torbay and do not ignore the laws of the Land.

The contents of the petition were carefully considered and on this occasion it was decided to decline the petition as it was materially similar to a petition that was presented to a meeting of the Council, on 17 July 2014 and an e-petition request received on 9 December 2014. 

Refused

19 November 2014 Paper and e-petition 46 Total, 38 paper signatures and 8 e-signatures

Petition requesting more trees to be planted on Mincent Hill and in Watcombe, Torquay.

The petition was presented at the 4 December 2014 Council meeting. It was then referred to the Director of Place, for consideration in consultation with the Deputy Mayor and Executive Lead for Tourism.

Mincent Hill Decision

5 November 2014 Paper 810

Petition to allow year long dog walking on Hollicombe Beach.

The petitioner has chosen to meet directly with the decision maker. The petition was noted at the 4 December 2014 Council meeting and referred to the Director of Place for consideration in consultation with the Deputy Mayor and Executive Lead for Tourism.

15 October 2014 e-petition 48

Petition requesting the Council to reduce and stop development of more services for substance abuse near Torbay.

The petition was presented at the 30 October 2014 Council meeting. It was then referred to the Director of Public Health for consideration in consultation with the Executive Lead for Health and Wellbeing.

15 October 2014 Paper and e-petition 2963 Total, 2632 paper signatures and 331 e-signatures

Petition to Save Torbay’s Countryside – Increase funding for Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust in 2014/15 to £193k and in 2015/16 to 183k.

The petition was presented at the 30 October 2014 Council meeting. As the petition had reached the 1,000 signature threshold it was subject to debate by the Council.

TCCT Funding Decision

24 September 2014 Paper 166

Petition opposing the development of a new (Drug and Alcohol) centre at 228 Union Street.

In accordance with Torbay Council’s Petition Scheme, as the Petition related to a Planning Application, it was forwarded to the Planning Department to be considered as part of the planning process.

Referred to the Planning Department.

10 September 2014 Paper 2000

Petition requesting the Mayor to abandon proposals to close Churston Library or replace staff with volunteers.

The petition was presented at 25 September Council 2014 meeting. As the petition had reached the 1,000 signature threshold it was subject to debate by the Council.

Save Churston Library Decision

10 September 2014 Paper 2000

Petition requesting a covenant with the residents of Churston and Galmpton to not allow development of Churston Golf Course without first obtaining the agreement of the majority of the residents of the ward at a referendum.

The petition was presented at the 25 September 2014 Council meeting. As the petition had reached the 1,000 signature threshold it was subject to debate by the Council.

Churston Golf Course Covenant Decision

10 September 2014 Paper and e-petition 128 Total, 76 paper and 53 e-signatures

Meadfoot Beach Clean-up Petition.

The petitioner has chosen to meet directly with the decision maker. The petition was noted at the 25 September 2014 Council meeting and referred to the Director of Place and the Executive Lead for Tourism and Harbours.

7 September 2014 e-petition

The Communities response to the unfair actions of the Mayor towards Cllr David Thomas (ex Deputy Mayor).

The request to start an e-petition asked the Council to condemn the actions of the Mayor in respect of the changes to his Executive, specifically in relation to Cllr. David Thomas. The decision on the composition of the Executive and who is Deputy Mayor rests solely with the Mayor, and he can change the composition of the same at any time. Consequently there was no role for the Council to comment upon changes that were made, and that the requested condemnation would be highly political for the Council to consider and debate. After careful consideration it was decided not appropriate to accept the petition on this occasion.

Refused

To reduce the current speed limit on Centenary Way from 30 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour.

Centenary Way Decision Letter

13 May 2016 Paper 126

Objection to the release of restrictive covenants on 9 Sandringham Drive, TQ3 1HU, that would allow a substantial extension, already with planning permission, to be built contravening covenants that neighbours, and much of the properties on the road are subject to.

We believe that the release of the restrictive covenant would undoubtedly set a precedent that will lead to completely changing the character of the road. Many properties have been substantially extended within the existing covenant restrictions. Release of covenants is unnecessary.

Action required: For the Council, who administer the covenants, to leave the covenants as they are to preserve the distinctive character of Sandringham Drive.

The petition was noted at the 21 July 2016 Council meeting. The petition was referred to the decision maker, Assistant Director of Corporate and Business Services in consultation with the Executive Lead for Business Services for response.

Sandringham Drive Decision Letter

17 May 2016 Paper 185

Withdrawal of the number 60 and 61 bus service.  Save the number 60 and 61 bus service.

A notice of motion was submitted by Councillors to the Council meeting on the 11 May 2016  where the Council agreed a di minimus contract for 60 and 61 route to fund the service for a year. The petition was referred to the decision maker, Assistant Director for Community and Customer Services for consideration in consultation with the Executive Lead for Planning, Transport and Housing for response.

60/60 Response

10 July 2016 Paper

We are trying to save Paignton Hospital from closing.

As the petition contained less than 25 valid signatures, it was referred directly to the Director of Adult Services, Caroline Taylor for consideration.

Petitions can be submitted in paper format to:

Governance Support
Torbay Council
Town Hall
Castle Circus
Torquay
TQ1 3DR

They can also be scanned and emailed to governance.support@torbay.gov.uk.

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