Accessing Council Services:
- You can access advice, or support with using our online services, by phoning 01268 882200 (8.45am to 5.15pm Mon to Thurs, and to 4.45pm on Fri)
- The Kiln Road office will re-open for pre-booked appointments only (9.00am to 4.00pm), these can be arranged on a case by case basis by phoning 01268 882200.
- You can find information and advice on COVID-19 and our 24/7 online services on our Coronavirus information page .
Castle Point Borough Council is committed to providing best value and the best possible level of service to its customers. Complaints are confidential. We will act on what you tell us, but will not identify you or the detail of the issue without your consent.
Some reports are simply requests and not complaints and therefore residents need to see the relevant sections below to ensure that the request/complaint is directed to the correct department for the quickest resolution to be found.
Complaints about roads, pavements, street lighting and pot holes
Please use the link below to report problems with roads, pavements, street lighting and pot holes.
Housing Services, finding a new home, repairs and tenant issues
If this is your first request for a service or assistance please use the following:
firstname.lastname@example.org for repairs
email@example.com for tenant and estate issues
firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries about finding a home.
Residents who wish to make a complaint about any of the following services, (maintenance, tenancy & estate management or application to find a new home) because we have failed to deal with your original request, can email their complaint to the following; email@example.com.
Castle Point Borough Council carries out an annual self assessment [pdf] 131KB to ensure effective complaint handling, to learn from complaints, to improve processes and to comply with the Housing Ombudsman Complaint handling code [pdf] 287KB
Refuse & Recycling
Has your collection been missed? Please see:
Lost your collection box?
Need a new yellow box or food waste caddy?
Please Telephone 01268 882200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and a new one will be delivered to you.
Have a question?
Have another complaint?
Residents who wish to make a complaint about our Refuse and Recycling Services, can email their complaint to the following
Please use the link below to report problems with litter, fly tipping, litter bins, dead animals, graffiti, grass cutting and street nameplates
Residents who wish to make a complaint because we have failed to deal with your original request, or have any questions about Street Scene, can email their complaint to the following
How do I complain about a Council Service?
We are committed to providing high quality services to people in the borough. We strive to succeed most of the time but there may be times when things go wrong and you feel dissatisfied. You may not be happy with a service we provide or with action or the lack of action. You have a right to tell us if something is wrong and can be improved. Your comments may well improve things for everyone.
- Fill in an online Form - Make a Complaint
- Download a copy of this form for you to fill in electronically, print the completed form and send it, together with any supporting documents, by post.
- You can contact us by telephone, e-mail, fax, in writing or in person.
This fact sheet tells you about our complaints procedure. The procedure makes sure we properly look into your complaint and give you a considered response.
The first thing we ask you to do is to raise the matter with the staff concerned. You can telephone, write a letter or call at their office. We hope they will be able to put things right, or explain why they can't within 10 working days. A Head of Service, Service Manager or Team Leader will deal with your complaint at this stage.
If you have contacted the relevant department about your complaint and you are still not happy, the Council has an official Customer Complaint Procedure.
The procedure covers the way we, the Council, have done, or not done something. It relates to the services we provide either directly or through partnerships or contractors.
Please Contact us and request a complaints pack.
The Customer Care Officer will investigate your complaint and write back to you with the outcome within 25 working days. If your complaint is justified, the Council will let you know how it intends to put matters right.
Putting things right
If we get something wrong, we will do our best to make amends. We will review our policy and procedures to try to stop it happening again. It is our policy to admit our mistakes and offer a full apology. We monitor complaints and we use this information to improve the way we deliver services.
What if I need help?
If there is anything which makes it difficult for you to let us know what you think, make suggestions or to pursue your complaint, for example if English is not your first language or you have a disability, please tell us how we might help you. Whether you need advice on filling in the forms or if you require information in large print, or other languages, please contact us.
If you are still not satisfied after the Council has fully investigated, you can refer your complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman. They may decide to investigate your complaint further. However the Ombudsman may ask that the Council's procedures are completed before carrying out their investigation.
Download a leaflet about the Local Government Ombudsman Service direct from the Local Government Ombudsman's web site. The leaflets are available in a range of languages.
How do I complain about a Councillor?
Please visit the page Making a complaint against a member for details on how to make a complaint against a Council member.