Langton Matravers Parish Council

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The Parish in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck

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Mary Sparks
The Parish Council Office (ONLY Open to the Public on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 10:30am).
1A The High Street
Langton Matravers
Dorset BH19 3EU
Tel: 01929 425100

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Village Hall

NEXT MEETING: For the date, time, agenda, clerk's report, draft minutes and planning information for the next Parish Council Meeting, which always takes place in the Village Hall, usually on the second Thursday of every month please follow the Next Meeting Information link.

All are welcome to attend the Parish Council meetings.

MINUTES and AGENDAS of PREVIOUS MEETINGS, going back to 2007, can be accessed by following the Previous Meetings link.

Footpath Survey


At the public meeting held by Mr Ian Vaugh-Arbuckle, the Parish Rights of Way Officer, a number of residents have volunteered to survey one or more of the public footpaths in the parish. All results to be returned to Ian by the end of the year.

This follows on from the approval, in principle, of the Parish Council for the use of an SLA, with DCC, to maintain the important rights of way in the parish. These important RoWs will be identified by the footpath survey now being undertaken.

Given cost-cutting changes being made at Dorset County Council, leading to reduction in funding and support for footpaths in the area, the Council has agreed that Ian Vaughan-Arbuckle (RoWLO) undertake a survey of footpaths in the parish, identifying paths, stiles and gates in need of maintenance, ranking these in terms of priority, and establishing who has responsibility for their upkeep.

Mr Ian Vaugh-Arbuckle can be contacted on 426956 or by email at

Click here for the Agreed Terms of Reference

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The report from the Housing Needs Survey for Langton Matravers conducted late 2013 and formally adopted by the Parish Council at the January 2014 meeting can be viewed here Langton Housing Needs Survey Report

Quick overview:
Number of forms returned: 176 of 518 households sent a survey (34%)
Of the households responding 145 of the 176 (82%) are in favour of increasing the provision of local affordable housing with 19 (11%) not in favour and 12 (7%) who did not state if they were in favour or not.

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PARTIAL REVIEW OF THE PURBECK LOCAL PLAN:Purbeck District Council requested that all Parish Councils provide input to their partial review of the Purbeck local plan. This review was to explore the potential for higher housing growth as well as the review of the following areas: Settlement Boundaries, green belt, potential employment sites, open spaces and recreation areas. The Parish Council's input to this review was agreed at the 12th December 2013 Council meeting and can be viewed here LMPC Input to PDC Partial Review


ALLOTMENTS NOW AVAILABLE TO THE RESIDENTS OF SWANAGE: At the Parish Council meeting of the 8th January 2015 the following resolution was unanimously passed:

"Whereas priority will always go to residents of Langton Matravers, Worth and Harmanís Cross, owing to an historic shortfall of allotment holders in Langton, this Council intends to invite applications for allotment tenancies from residents of Swanage."

ALLOTMENTS AVAILABLE NOW: If you would like an allotment then the Council has some half plots available now. Email or contact the Clerk using the details above

For more information on the allotments including a photo gallery follow the Allotment Information link.

Men at Work


The Parish Council is very pleased to state that the long awaited footpath widening for the very narrow footpath at the bend of Steppes Hill has now been completed. The Parish Council would like to thank the owners of Steppes Hill House for allowing Dorset County Council to carry out these long awaited improvements.

The Parish Council has campaigned for these and other improvements for many years and is hopeful that the narrow pavement running down the High Street from Crack Lane to Putlake will also be widened in the near future.

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