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What the Parish Council Does

The Council has the right of representation on planning matters, which includes all planning applications and structure plan proposals.  The Council considers planning applications and submits its comments on these to the Planning Authority, Epping Forest District Council, who are responsible for making the decisions in such matters.

The Councillors>

Parish Clerk -

Ernie Fenwick

Ernie has been our Clerk since 2007. He lives in Hatfield Heath and is also Clerk to High Ongar Parish Council.

Contact the Clerk on (01279) 730770 or email via

The Council takes its responsibilities towards the maintenance of its footpaths seriously. It wishes to promote the use of the footpaths in the area for recreation and leisure purposes. There are over sixty designated footpaths in Matching and the council works with the local farmers and residents; Essex Country Care; Essex County and Epping Forest District Councils to ensure they are well maintained.


The Council is able to support local voluntary organisations in a small way. Applications can be received at any time, and should be submitted to the Parish Clerk.

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Parish Meetings

The Parish Council usually meets on the first Monday of each month at 7.30pm in the Function Room at The Fox, Matching Tye. All members of the parish are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in the Open Forum at the start of the meeting

The Council monitors the state of footpaths, bridleways and rights of way within the Parish on behalf of Essex County Council's Highway Authority, and is a member of the Parish Paths Partnership run by Essex County Council.

The Council has responsibility for maintaining:

a. Matching Green

b. Matching Tye Green

c. Jubilee Field at Matching Tye, including the children's play area

The Parish Council

Seven councillors are elected every four years to represent the Parish population, currently approximately 600 homes.  The next election will be held in May 2023.

The Councillors elect the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council annually in May. The Council employs a Parish Clerk who is responsible for all administrative and financial duties.

Your  Council

Parish Clerk: Ernie Fenwick: 01279 730770:

Site last updated 29 June, 2020