Guide How to complain about a councillor

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1. How to complain

Any complaint about the conduct of a councillor should made using the Councillor Complaint Form online.

How to fill in the form

It is very important that you complete the form fully giving as much detail as possible.

Please list the paragraphs of the Code of Conduct that you feel have been breached and by whom, providing a brief description of the event/actions that led to the breach. Please reference/provide the relevant evidence to support the alleged breach such as email exchanges, witness accounts or recordings.

For example if you felt a Councillor acting in his or her official capacity had acted inappropriately, you would explain what had transpired, provide written or video footage if applicable as evidence and list the below paragraph from the Code of Conduct:

5. You must not –

(h) conduct yourself in a manner or behave in such a way so as to give a reasonable person the impression that you have brought your office or the Council into disrepute.

All complaints must be lodged on the official form in order for us to progress it any further.

Once received, we will acknowledge your complaint within five working days and you can expect a response on the next stage of your complaint within four weeks.

Relevant Codes of Conduct can be located on each of the Parish or Town Councils' home page to which we have provided the links below:

Axminster Town Council

Axmouth Parish Council

Aylesbeare Parish Code of Conduct

Beer Parish Council

Bishops Clyst Parish Council

Brampford Speke Parish Council

Branscombe Parish Code of Conduct

Broadclyst Parish Council

Broadhembury Parish Council

Budleigh Salterton Town Council

Chardstock Parish Council

Clyst Honiton Parish Code of Conduct

Clyst St George Parish Council

Colaton Raleigh Parish Council

Colyton Parish Council

Combpyne Rousdon Parish Code of Conduct

Cranbrook Town Council

Dalwood Parish Council Code of Conduct

Dunkeswell Parish Council Code of Conduct

East Budleigh & Bicton Parish Council

East Devon District Council

Exmouth Town Council

Farringdon Parish Council Code of Conduct

Farway Parish Council Code of Conduct

Feniton Parish Council

Gittisham Parish Council Code Of Conduct

Hawkchurch Parish Council Code of Conduct

Honiton Town Council

Kilmington Parish Council Code of Conduct

Luppitt Parish Council

Lympstone Parish Council Code of Conduct

Membury Parish Council

Monkton Parish Council

Musbury Parish Council Code of Conduct

Newton Poppleford & Harpford Parish Council Code of Conduct

Offwell Parish Council

Otterton Parish Council

Ottery St Mary Parish Council

Plymtree Parish Council Code of Conduct

Poltimore Parish Council Code of Conduct

Rewe Parish Council Code of Conduct

Rockbeare Parish Council

Seaton Town Council

Sidmouth Town Council

Stockland Parish Council

Stoke Canon Parish Council adopted EDDC Code of Conduct

Talaton Parish Council

Uplyme Parish Council

Upton Pyne Parish Council adopted EDDC Code of Conduct​

West Hill Parish Council Code of Conduct

Whimple Parish Council Code of Conduct

Woodbury Parish Council Code of Conduct

Yarcombe Parish Council adopted EDDC Code of Conduct​​