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Welcome to Matfen Parish Council

Welcome to the website for Matfen Parish Council, which includes the villages of Matfen, Fenwick, Ingoe and Ryal. We hope this site will become useful both to residents and visitors to the area.

The site is run by the Parish Council which is here to help provide the facilities you want to see in the area and, where possible, to deal with local problems as they arise. In addition the site seeks to provide information on local social activities and essential services in the area.

The Parish Council meets every 2 months in Matfen Village Hall and you are welcome to attend meetings. Agendas and meetings and minutes are posted on the Matfen Parish Council notice board at the village hall, and they are also accessible on this website.

Unfortunately, the next meeting of the Parish Council to be held on Tuesday 24 March 2020 at 7.00pm in Matfen Village Hall has been CANCELLED and all future meetings until further notice.


Proposed New Play Area on the Village Green

For some months now Matfen Parish Council have been exploring the possibility of delivering a new children's play are in the village to replace the old equipment at the cricket ground.  The old equipment has come to the end of its useful life and we have used this an opportunity to fully review what we have and where it might be best situated.

Having listened to some initial suggestions from parishioners and afetr consultation with key stakeholders, the Parish Council are proposing to deliver a brand new children's play area in the heart of the village, on the village green, on Matfen Estate land previously known as the 'Old Garden'.

A plan of the proposed site can be found here along with details of the planned equipment, its positioning within the site and details relating to the safety fence that must be erected. The area has also been marked out on the green to make it as easy as possible for parishioners to visulaise.  Details can also be found on the Parish Council notice boards, Matfen Village Facebook page and are on display in the Village Hall.  The cost off this project is currently forecast to be c£24,500 (ex VAT).  We are currently proposing that the Parish Council contributes £15,000 towards this from existing funds, and we are hopeful that the balance will come from grants for which we have applied.

As part of this proposal we are undertaking this process of consultation with all households in the Parish of Matfen, Fenwick, Ingoe and Ryal and we would encourage as many parishioners as possible to submit any views and comments using the consultation form which can be downloaded here.  The deadline for submission of this form is Friday 27th March.  

We will be holding a final Q&A session in the Village Hall on Saturday 4th April between 11:00 - 13:00 where Parish Councillors will be in attendance to answer any questions that parishioners may have and listen to any further feedback.  Following soon after this session the Parish Council will look to make a final decision at an EGM, final dates and times of which will be published nearer the time.  

Thank you in advance for taking part in this consultation process and ensuring that any decisions made by the Parish Council regarding this project take into account the widest selection of views.