Comments and complaints
Types of complaints
The public is entitled and encouraged to contact the Council and to receive replies. Contacts may comprise comments, representations on planning applications, criticisms of a policy which the Council has adopted, information useful to the Council, requests for services or formal complaints.
What is a complaint?
A complaint is an expression of dissatisfaction that requires a response, about the standards of service, action or lack of action by the Council, its staff or a contractor or other organisation working on the Council’s behalf affecting an individual resident/customer or group of residents/ customers.
The following are not complaints:
- comments, favourable or unfavourable, where you do not wish to take the matter further
- reports of a single breach of a service standard, e.g. one missed collection of a dustbin
- "statutory" representations in connection with planning applications, licensing applications, local development schemes and documents, or formal consultation exercises
- representations concerning matters where you have a right to appeal, e.g. to the Magistrates' Court or to the Secretary of State, against a decision which the Council has taken or where a right to appeal has been exercised by someone else
- concerns regarding matters which are the responsibility of another body, e.g. highways (West Sussex County Council) or health matters (NHS)
- criticisms of a policy adopted by the Council
- the supply of information concerning breaches of regulatory control, e.g. breaches of planning control or fly tipping
- requests for services, an explanation of decisions taken or for information under, e.g. the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Data Protection Act 2018