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We are committed to delivering excellent customer services. Listening and learning from feedback enables us to improve and better meet the changing needs of our customers

What is a complaint?

A complaint is a written or verbal expression of dissatisfaction about a council service, within 12 months of an issue arising, that requires a response. Customers may make a complaint about the council by online form, telephone, in writing or in person.

Complaints can be about problems such as:

  • Failure to provide a service.
  • Inadequate standard of service.
  • Failure to comply to appropriate process.
  • Failure to comply with council policy,
  • Treatment by or attitude of a council employee, contractor/partner.
  • Disagreement with a decision where the customer cannot use another procedure (e.g. appeals process).

What is not a complaint

  • An initial request for a service or repair.
  • An initial report that an issue needs attention.
  • Something that has already been handled through the complaints process and has been closed.
  • An historic matter (something that happened a year or more ago).
  • Something that began as a complaint but has failed to progress due to lack of contact or correspondence within 6 months (beyond which time it will be closed as a complaint).

For further information, please refer to the list of our key services with information and links to specific forms which will allow you to report an issue directly to a service area.

How to make a complaint

If you are not happy with a service, then you have the right to complain. We will do all we can to resolve your complaint promptly and effectively.

Please Note: We may contact you to try and resolve your complaint, ensuring you receive a response to the issues you raise.

Alternative contact points

  • Telephone: 0300 555 2345
    Lines are open from 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

If you would like to see us in person, our office is open to the public from 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Comments and compliments

  • Comments: We very much welcome and seek your comments in order to assist us in continually developing and improving our services.

  • Compliments: We recognise and greatly value the importance of any positive feedback from the customers we serve. Therefore, we want to hear from you whenever you feel the service you have received merits praise.