E-petitions are a great idea, aren’t they? Managing them is less easy. As you may well know, I launched one last week on the Blackpool Council website calling for a debate on strategic transport planning. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised that some regarded it as political mischief-making, even though I tried to make it as unpartisan as possible. Nonetheless, we’re almost a quarter of the way there to the 1,500 signatures, so I do find it encouraging, but I need your help.
If you haven’t signed up yet, you can now do so via my shadow site of www.getblackpoolmoving.co.uk (easier to deal with than typing in the other lengthy url). Also, please urge friends and family in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre to do so as well. I am sure we all have long lists of people to which we send email jokes and that sort of thing – I often get copied in on them! If they are on the Fylde, please ask them to do their bit to get us focusing on the future of Fylde Transport.
The more signatures the better so that we can show the strength of support. Because I refer in the petition text to ‘local residents’, in the (I hope likely) event we pass 1500 signatures, the Council leader Simon Blackburn has instructed Council officers to remove any name not residing in Blackpool, Fylde or Wyre, so do please bear that in mind. Nit-picking if you ask me, as the Council’s guidance states it welcomes visitors to Blackpool participating in this sort of debate, but there you go – I’m sure it won’t stop the debate occurring, and it won’t stop me focusing on structures of decision-making rather than personalities or party labels either.
We have had to spend a lot of time also working with constituents to help them sign up, as well as rebut the notion that the petition had been withdrawn – it had, but it hadn’t, and I don’t think it was a deliberate attempt to kill it off! Everything is back working, and although not as straightforward as it perhaps needs to be, do have another go. If you get stuck, let us know and we will try to help, or email [email protected]. Alternatively, send us your house number and postcode and we can try to do it for you –though you will still need to click on the validation email you would then get from the Council.