Making a Complaint

The Bellman is brought to you by a team of volunteers who aim to provide a service to Stonehaven by sharing news from the town’s clubs, groups and societies and providing coverage of our community council and local authority.

We endeavour to be as accurate as possible – but of course mistakes can happen. If you have any concerns you wish to raise or corrections you wish to be made, then please email

Your matter will be looked at and addressed as soon as possible.

Your concerns may be of a more serious nature.

We can look into complaints about items we have published which are in our control.  We adhere to the Standards Code adopted by IMPRESS and can only deal with complaints which relate to an alleged breach of the standards set out in this Code.

 We can only deal with your complaint if you are:

  • personally and directly affected by an alleged breach of the Code
  • a representative group affected by an alleged breach of the Code, where there is public interest in your complaint
  • a third party seeking to ensure accuracy of published information

We are also regulated by IMPRESS, but initial complaints must be made to us, The Bellman, in writing at the following address: 


Telephone:  0776 10 28 199                                   

Address: The Bellman, c/o 1, Mildens Row, Stonehaven, AB39 3LD

We will acknowledge your complaint by e-mail or in writing within 7 calendar days and will normally respond to your compliant with a final decision letter within 21 calendar days.   If we uphold your complaint, we will tell you the remedial actions we have taken.

If you are not satisfied with the final response to your complaint, or if you do not hear from us within 21 calendar days of submitting your complaint, then you can refer your complaint to our independent regulator Impress at this link or by contacting them directly using the following information:

T: 020 3325 4288