Complaints Handling Procedure

Ampthill Town Council complaints policy is provided below.

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Complaints Procedure – Adopted 22nd May

1. Ampthill Town Council is committed to providing a quality service for the benefit of the people who live or work in its area or are visitors to the locality. If you are dissatisfied with the standard of service you have received from this Council or are unhappy about an action or lack of action by this Council, this Complaints Procedure sets out how you may complain to the Council and how we shall try to resolve your complaint.

2. This Complaints Procedure applies to complaints about Council administration and procedures and may include complaints about how Council employees have dealt with your concerns.

3. This Complaints Procedure does not apply to:

3.1. complaints by one Council employee against another Council employee, or between a Council employee and the Council as employer.  These matters are dealt with under the Council’s disciplinary and grievance procedures.

3.2. Complaints against Councillors. Complaints against Councillors are covered by the Code of Conduct for Members, reviewed by the Council annually. If a complaint against a Councillor is received by the Council, it will be referred to the Monitoring Officer of Central Bedfordshire Council.

3.3. Further information on the process of dealing with complaints against Councillors may be obtained from the Monitoring Officer of Central Bedfordshire Council.

4. The appropriate time for influencing Council decision-making is by raising your concerns before the Council debates and votes on a matter (N.B. Meeting agendas are published on our website and local noticeboards). You may do this by writing to the Council in advance of the meeting at which the item is to be discussed. There may also be the opportunity to raise your concerns in the public participation section of Council meetings. If you are unhappy with a Council decision, you may raise your concerns with the Council, but Standing Orders prevent the Council from re-opening issues for six months from the date of the decision, unless there are exceptional grounds to consider this necessary and the special process set out in the Standing Orders is followed.

5. You may make your complaint about the Council’s procedures or administration to the Town Clerk.  You may do this in person, by phone, or by writing to or emailing the Clerk. The addresses and numbers are set out below.

6. Wherever possible, the Town Clerk will try to resolve your complaint immediately. If this is not possible, the Clerk will normally try to acknowledge your complaint within five working days.

7. If you do not wish to report your complaint to the Town Clerk, you may make your complaint directly to the Mayor/Chair of the Council who will report your complaint to whichever committee has this responsibility or to the Council (as appropriate).

8. The Clerk or the Council (as appropriate) will investigate each complaint, obtaining further information as necessary from you and/or from staff or members of the Council.

9. The Clerk or the Mayor/Chair of the Council will notify you within 20 working days of the 
outcome of your complaint and of what action (if any) the Council proposes to take as a result of your complaint. (In exceptional cases the twenty working days timescale may have to be extended. If it is, you will be kept informed.)

10. If you are dissatisfied with the response to your complaint, you may ask for your complaint to be referred to the Committee that has responsibility or to the Council (as appropriate). You will be notified in writing of the outcome of the review of your original complaint) and (usually within eight weeks).

Contacts:  The Clerk of Ampthill Town Council. Park Lodge, Ampthill Great Park, Woburn Street, Ampthill, Bedford. MK45 2HX. Telephone: 01525 404355

Email: [email protected]  

OR:  The Town Mayor of Ampthill Town Council
Address as above, please mark any correspondence ‘private and confidential’.