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The Parish Council, at the December meeting, have agreed to change the Allotment Tenancy Agreement and introduce an associated Allotment Policy. Before adopting these new documents it was decided that the current Allotment Tenants would be consulted and are therefore invited to read these documents on-line and make any comments to Mary Sparks (The Clerk) using her contact details below.

Click here for the Proposed New Tenancy Agreement

Click here for the Proposed New Allotment Policy Document

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 commenced. These works will take 6 weeks and it is hoped to complete them by Friday 28th November 2014. Most of the time will be needed to remove and then rebuild the retaining wall adjacent to the existing footway. Temporary two way traffic signals will be in operation on the road for the duration of the scheme, to provide enough working space for the safety of the construction workers and the general public.

Any problems or reasons for complaint whilst the work is going on please contact the Scheme Engineer, Steve Palmore on 01305 225417. Alternatively a message can be left with Dorset Direct on 01305 221000.

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.

Village Hall


Due to time constraints within Purbeck District Councilís Planning system, LMPC will be holding an Extraordinary Planning Meeting on 6th November at 7pm in Langton Village Hall to discuss and formulate its comments on the application. All are welcome to attend. Mr Anthony Bird, Principal Planning Officer at Purbeck District Council will be present to take questions, and there will be a public discussion period of 15 minutes , at which each person may speak for no more than three minutes. To avoid repetition, comments may only be made on points IN ADDITION to comments already received by both PDC and LMPC previously, in writing or at the Open Consultation. The Chair may stop anyone repeating previously expressed opinions on the matter.

Planning Application 6/2014/0508 can be viewed here

Click here for the Planning Agenda

Click here for the Planning Minutes which will be available as soon as possible after the meeting.

Mr Senior's Complaint

COMPLAINTS AGAINT THE PARISH COUNCIL MADE BY MR. DAVID SENIOR ON THE 8th and 12th AUGUST 2014: The Parish Council have been asked and have agreed to publish their responses to the three complaints made by the parishioner Mr. David Senior in his letters dated the 8th and 12th August 2014.

Complaint 1: Proper process and procedures were not followed in supporting Spyway Orchard Rural Exception Site status.

Complaint 2: The proposal TWA/2014/0118 as submitted by the applicant differed from that discussed at the Parish Council Meeting.

Complaint 3: Councillor Mike Lovell failed to advise the LMPC on PDC Policy and Guidelines.

The Parish Council's response consist of two documents (both in .pdf format):- Document 1 is a Chronological Context for the decision of the Parish Council to support the 'consideration' of Spyway Orchard as a Rural Exception Site (RES) for mixed housing, including work done by the Council in looking at other sites for consideration as RESs. Open Document 1

Document 2 consists of Point-by-point response/comments on points made by Mr. Senior in his letters of complaint.. Open Document 2

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HOUSING NEEDS SURVEY - REPORT NOW AVAILABLE: The report from the Housing Needs Survey for Langton Matravers is now available for viewing and was formally adopted by the Parish Council at the January meeting.

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.

After the allocation of the new affordable housing at Nine Barrow View there are still 27 households, with a Langton connection, waiting on Purbeck's Housing register, and an additional 10 households, with a Langton connection, who meet the District Council's criterion to join. The stated property requirements for the 27 on the register are 17x1 bedroom, 9x2 bedroom and 1x4 bedroom.

The complete survey results can be viewed here Langton Housing Needs Survey Report

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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 Council meeting and can be viewed here LMPC Input to PDC Partial Review

Village Hall

NEXT MEETING: For the date, time, agenda, 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 can be accessed by following the Previous Meetings link.

Parish Office

PARISH OFFICE NEW PUBLIC OPENING TIMES: The Parish Office will now ONLY be open to the public on MONDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY from 9am to 10:30am. This is to allow Mary Sparks, our part time clerk, time to concentrate on her normal duties. It will still be possible to book an appointment by phoning Mary on 01929 425100.

Dancing Ledge


The notes of the Dancing Ledge Working Group Meeting from the 8th October 2014 can be viewed by clicking Working Group Notes

Community Notice Board

COMMUNITY NOTICE BOARD: - The Parish Council have provided a notice board in the bus shelter at Coombe/Steps Hill for the use of the community to advertise local events and community information of interest to the residents and visitors of Langton Matravers. Please feel free to pin your notices to this board, using drawing pins only please. Click here to view the Parish Council's Policy for Community Notice Boards

This and other Parish Council Policies can be viewed on this website using The Council link


ALLOTMENTS AVAILABLE NOW: If you live in the Parishes of Langton Matravers OR Worth Matravers/Harmans Cross and would like an allotment then the Council has some half plots available now. Email or contact the Clerk using the details below. The Council runs an Allotment Garden, with both full and half sized plots, in the centre of the village.

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

Parish Public Toilets

PARISH COUNCIL TAKES OVER TOILETS FROM DISTRICT COUNCIL:The Parish Council has now taken over the running of the Public Toilets at Putlake from Purbeck District Council.
The Parish Council is now fully responsible for all maintenance and cleaning work as a condition for keeping the toilets open. The PDC will pay a sliding scale financial contribution for three years, after which all costs will be paid for out of the Parish precept. The Parish Council has recently paid for the refurbishment of the toilets and awarded a contract for cleaning.

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THE COUNCIL'S LAND: The Council owns a parcel of land behind the allotments at Cole's Ground. This land was originally bought, in the 1980's to try and facilitate a village car park. The Council again recently investigated the possible use of this land for a car park but has concluded for various reasons it is not feasible. It has sought Parishioner's views on what, if anything, to do with this land. Find out more.

Parish Plan 2012

PARISH PLAN UPDATE 2011- ADOPTED RECOMMENDATIONS: The Parish Council at their 12th January 2012 meeting have reviewed the recommendations of their working party and have with a couple of changes, noteably opting to attempt to provide a car park in the centre of the village, adopted the recommendations in full. These recommendations to update the Parish Plan of 2005 were as the result of the Parish Plan Update Survey carried out by the Parish Council during 2011. To see the adopted recommendations click Adopted Recommendations.

To Contact the Clerk
Mary Sparks
The Parish Council Office
1A The High Street
Langton Matravers
Dorset BH19 3EU
Tel: 01929 425100

Clerk's email address:

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