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RESIDENTS with an axe to grind are being given an easier way to petition local councils. East Sussex County Council (ESCC) has launched an online petition service to make it easier for locals to get their message across.

Hosted at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/petitions, petitions will be automatically directed to the council which has responsibility for the issue the petition is raising, be it county or Hastings Borough Council.

Creating, or adding your name to, an online petition follows the same basic process as for a traditional, paper-based petition – but with the added benefits of being web-connected.

For example, once the petition has been accepted/created online, the petition organiser can generate PDF paper versions and send email updates to people who have signed it.

An e-petition can also be easily shared via email and social networking websites.