Councillor Code of Conduct

The council has adopted a Code of Conduct that sets out rules governing the behaviour of its councillors.

The Code of Conduct covers areas of individual behaviour such as councillors not abusing their position or not misusing their authority’s resources. In addition, there are rules governing disclosure of interest and withdrawal from meetings where councillors have relevant interests. Councillors are also required to record on the public register their financial and other interests.

In addition, the town and parish councils within the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane have each adopted a Code of Conduct which may be the same as the Council’s Code of Conduct which is based on the model Councillor Code of Conduct developed by the Local Government Association. Copies of the Code of Conduct can be obtained from the relevant Town or Parish Clerk.

The council’s Monitoring Officer is responsible for maintaining the register of interests for Basingstoke and Deane Borough councillors and the town and parish councillors for the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane. The register of interests for each borough, town and parish councillor can be found on the links below. Please select the councillor's name to view their registered interests:

Making a complaint

If you wish to complain that a councillor of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, or a councillor of any town and parish council within the borough, has failed to comply with the appropriate Code of Conduct please provide details below. Ensure a separate form is completed for each councillor you wish to make a complaint against.

Please read the guidance notes below before completing the form.

Your address and contact details will not usually be released unless it is necessary to deal with your complaint.

However, we will tell the following people that you have made this complaint:

  • the Councillor you are complaining about
  • the Parish or Town Clerk (if applicable)
  • Independent Person/Independent Standards Assessor

We will tell them your name and give them a copy of your complaint. We will give them full details of your complaint where necessary or appropriate to be able to deal with it.

All decisions in relation to complaints will be made available on the council's website.

Make a complaint about a councillor

If you want to discuss your complaint with the Monitoring Officer, please telephone 01256 845473 or email

Independent standards assessors, independent persons and Parish/Town council representatives

Independent Standards Assessors Independent Persons Parish/Town Council Representatives
Verity Murricane Alan Harrison Linda Agnew
Amanda Orchard Melvin Kenyon Martin Slatford
Amanda Lewis Ray Tomkinson Francesca Maritan
Vacant   Ian Elkins

Complaints against councillors decision notices

After a decision has been made and forwarded to the appropriate parties the decision notice will be made available for public inspection, unless the Monitoring Officer determines that it should remain confidential or it contains exempt information.

Decision notices relating to complaints can be found below:

Date of Decision Decision Notice
26 October 2017 Councillor Roger Gardiner 043074 (PDF) [1,469kb]
8 December 2017 Councillor Ian Tilbury 043949 (PDF) [1,531kb]
23 January 2018 Councillor Paul Harvey 043946 (PDF) [693kb]
1 March 2018 Councillor David Potter 044084 (PDF) [175kb]
1 March 2018 Councillor Ian Tilbury 043949 (PDF) [169kb]
1 March 2018 Councillor Ian Tilbury 044216 (PDF) [168kb]
11 May 2018 Councillor Ken Rhatigan 044363 (PDF) [140kb]
16 November 2018 Councillor Tristan Robinson 044783 (PDF) [117kb]
2 April 2019 Appeal Decision Notice Councillor Tristan Robinson 044783/AGR (PDF) [166kb]
19 December 2018 Councillor Philip Kingston 044893 (PDF) [188kb]
25 January 2019 Councillor Clive Sanders 044747/AGR (PDF) [249kb]
25 January 2019 Councillor Nick Robinson 044748 (PDF) [365kb]
28 November 2019 Councillor Paul Harvey AGR/044080 and 044295 (PDF) [118kb]
28 November 2019 Councillor Laura James AGR/044080 and 044295 (PDF) [197kb]
28 November 2019 Councillor Michael Westbrook AGR/044080 and 044295 (PDF) [135kb]
15 June 2020 Appeal Decision Notice Councillor R Lissmann 045659/AGR (PDF) [402kb]
18 December 2020 Councillor Julian Jones 047630 (PDF) [325kb]
4 February 2021 Councillor Simon Bound 048555/AGR (PDF) [376kb]
31 March 2021 Appeal Decision Notice Councillor Simon Bound 048555/FT (PDF) [388kb]
4 February 2021 Councillor Andrew McCormick 048555/AGR (PDF) [383kb]
4 February 2021 Councillor David Potter 048389/AGR (PDF) [501kb]
4 February 2021 Councillor Onnalee Cubitt 048389/AGR (PDF) [514kb]
16 February 2021 Councillor Clare Read 047349/AGR (PDF) [514kb]

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