About Matthew

I was first elected to represent the St. Paul’s ward on Salisbury City Council in May 2015...

I have been responsible for introducing the targeted, reactive street cleaning service, the painting of the pedestrian signage across the City and the introduction of the pedestrian wayfinding totems in locations such as by railway station. I have regularly represented residents at Town Planning meetings, supported Community Groups such as the St James’s Place Community Centre to secure grant funding and lobbied Wiltshire Council to ensure potholes are repaired and bridges and trees are maintained properly and in a timely manner. I have taken a personal interest to ensure that homeless people in our ward are housed safely and am campaigning to ensure Network Rail deal with the pigeon infestation under the Fisherton Rail Bridge and am a volunteer flood warden.

General background and experience

I am the proprietor of The Duke of York Public House, a family, community pub situated in the heart of the St. Paul’s ward. Closed and boarded when I bought it in 2009, it is now a thriving community local that supports many small local breweries and craft cider makers. The pub is a hub for community events and a meeting place for residents, local groups and sports teams as well as home to a regular Sunday night quiz. Prior to that I was a senior manager for a national brewer and started my career in sales for Britain’s biggest soft drinks company.

Council work

I am currently Leader of the Conservative Group on Salisbury City council and Vice-Chairman of the Services Committee that delivers all the front line services at the Council. I have been instrumental in upgrading the City’s parks, particularly Queen Elizabeth Gardens and Victoria Park in my role as an active member of the Parks Working Group. I am a member of the Market Traders Liaison Panel that works to ensure our historic markets are vibrant and successful and have taking a leading role in the organisation and development of many events in our city such as Remembrance Sunday, the Magna Carta Parade and the Hudsons Field Summer Spectacular.

I am the former Cabinet member of a Unitary Council responsible for environment, planning, highways, waste collection and disposal and trading standards as well as a former Board member of one of Britain’s largest housing societies. I have worked for a number of Members of Parliament and acted as an Environmental consultant.

Community work

I am the Chairman of the Fisherton History Society and the Organising Secretary of the Salisbury Literary Political Dining Club that invites famous authors to our City. I am Chairman of the St. Paul’s Residents Association and a member of the Salisbury Civic Society Town Planning and Development sub-committee. I am also a Director of the Salisbury Business Improvement District (BID) which uses a levy of business rates to improve Salisbury City centre. I am a keen supporter of the Salisbury Festival and this year am organising a number of events there and through 'Salisbury Live'.


My values

It has been a privilege to represent the residents of St. Paul’s on the City Council. Since being elected, I have worked hard with local residents, community groups and Wiltshire Council to improve our area. I am committed to protecting the historic nature of our great medieval city, improving our parks and open spaces and being a strong voice for Salisbury residents at County Hall in Trowbridge.

Help and advice

Thank you for taking the time to look at my website.

If there are any matters that you wish to bring to my attention or if you think I might be able to help, please contact me via my email address matthewjdean@hotmail.com, text my mobile 07742830650, contact me at the City Council on 01722 342860, send me a message on Facebook, write to me at Salisbury City Council, The Guildhall, Market Place, Salisbury SP1 1JH or pop into my pub The Duke of York for an informal chat during the evening.

During the week I aim to reply to all correspondence within 48 hours at the most, at the weekend, due to work commitments, I aim to respond to you the following Monday if I am not free at the time.

I detail much of the work I do as a Councillor at the Facebook public group St Paul's Salisbury Conservative Branch and hand deliver a regular newsletter to residents who live in the area.