Complaints against councillors

We adopted a new Members’ Code of Conduct on 24 March 2021 (meeting resumed from 17 March 2021). This sets out how a councillor (known as a 'member') should behave when carrying out his/her duty as a councillor for Arun District Council. However, we have no authority to deal with complaints which relate solely to a councillor’s private life or things they do which are not related to their role as a councillor. All councillors have agreed to sign up to this code and to completing a new Register of Interests showing any interests that they have. Please see our Register of Members' Interests page for more information.

You can view a copy of the Arun District Council Members Code of Conduct here: Members Code of Conduct 2021 [pdf] 299KB

For details of codes of conduct for town and parish councils, please visit their websites or contact the relevant Parish Clerk to find out more.


How to make a complaint

A complaint is an expression of dissatisfaction about the actions of a councillor that is covered under the Members’ Code of Conduct, affecting an individual resident or a group of residents of the district of Arun.

Arun District Council has a complaints procedure for dealing with complaints against its own councillors and complaints against parish and town councillors within the district of Arun. This is called the Local Assessment Procedure 2021 [pdf] 241KB

Please complete the Code of Conduct Complaint Form (2021) [pdf] 164KB or in Word format Code of Conduct Complaint Form (2021) [docx] 67KB  and return to our Monitoring Officer, either via our email address or by post to the Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 5LF.

The form will ask you to explain what the councillor has done that makes you think they have breached the code and explain why. It is helpful if you provide as much information as possible - for example meeting minutes, details of witnesses to the event and any correspondence.

If you need it, a member of staff will help you fill in the form. We expect all staff to treat complaints positively and to give you the help you need in explaining the problem.

If you want to know what to expect when we collect personal information from you about a complaint you make, you can either view our privacy policy or call 01903 737500.


What happens next

Your complaint will be co-ordinated by the Monitoring Officer and their team, who will send you a written acknowledgement. The Local Assessment Procedure will explain in more detail about the process followed.

Listed below are the decision notices with details of the outcome of current complaints.

Current complaints
Name of Councillor Council Decision Expires Click on wording below for full details

Felpham Parish Councillor Jaine Wild

Felpham Parish Council Breach 18 August 2021 (6 months from decision by Standards Committee 18.02.21) FINAL Decision Notice - Cllr Jaine Wild.pdf [pdf] 147KB