Councillor conduct

We have a Code of Conduct which applies to all councillors and is designed to ensure that the highest ethical standards are maintained.

Anyone concerned about the conduct of a district or parish councillor can complain to our Standards Committee, comprising district and parish councillors and independent people.

The Standards Committee has set arrangements to deal with complaints falling within the Code of Conduct. The Monitoring Officer in consultation with an independent person will decide whether an allegation has merit and whether an investigation is appropriate.

After an investigation and additional consideration by the Monitoring Officer and independent person, the Standards Committee decides on whether a breach of the code has happened and what action, if any, should be taken.


To complain about the conduct of a district or parish councillor please complete and submit our councillor complaint form.

Your identity and summary of the complaint will normally be disclosed to the councillor you have complained about. Please make it clear in your complaint if this concerns you.

Declaration of interests

By law councillors must disclose certain pecuniary interests, for example, relating to employment, ownership of land and shares (over certain values) in companies with a place of business in the area.

Under the Code of Conduct Councillors must also declare interests arising from membership of certain bodies. These are recorded in our Register of Members’ Interests, listed under each district councillor’s information.

Councillors must declare interests at meetings when a related matter is discussed. These will be recorded in the minutes. If a councillor declares a pecuniary interest in a topic, they cannot take part in the debate or vote and must leave the meeting for that item.