The Parish Council (PC) is the first-tier of local government for our area. It sits alongside Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) and Kent County Council (KCC). All three authorities work together to provide a very wide range of services and facilities, for the benefit of residents and businesses in the parish. The work of the PC is managed by the Clerk, who also acts as its Responsible Financial Officer.
Elections to the PC are held every four years; there are nine seats on the Council.
The Parish Council raises money from the Borough Council (Tunbridge Wells), by way of a precept (a local addition to Council Tax), which is spent throughout the Parish to maintain facilities, to try and ensure the welfare of the local community and to preserve the nature and essence of our historic and picturesque villages.
PC also provides and maintains or contributes to a variety of important local services. These include allotments, bus shelters, car parks, common and open spaces, community safety and crime reduction, events, footpaths, leisure and sports facilities, rubbish collection and litter bins, public toilets, planning, street cleaning and lighting, tourism activities and road safety measures. The Council is also responsible for the upkeep of the War Memorials in both villages.
Brenchley and Matfield Parish Council is a member of the Weald of Kent Protection Society, The Campaign to Protect Rural England and Action with Communities in Rural Kent.