Mary Reid has written a clear and simple post over at Headstar on how local e-Petitions differ from the worthy and headline grabbing Number 10 e-Petition site.
"The main difference between our petitions (whether online or on
paper) and those delivered to No 10 is that any petition placed before
the Council MUST be considered"
"Facetious, vexatious or irrelevant petitions are ruled out right from
the start. The petitioner is given helpful guidance, on a one-to-one
level, about the wording of a petition and where it should be presented
before it is posted."
In my mind the local model is superior but unworkable at a national level for Number 10. In future however the various central government departments might allow citizens to petition the various Secretaries of State directly and that would be more manageable.