Note about the Election process of the Conservators of Therfield Heath and Greens.

Conservators Elections 12th February 2019

The valid nomination for the Conservator vacancy to represent the Registered Electors of the Special Drainage District of Royston is.              

  Mr Clive Hall        
39 King James Way 
Royston

                                   

The process of electing Conservators of Therfield Heath and Greens is laid out in the Parliamentary Award of 1888. A copy is on this web site.

Three Conservators are elected by the Commoners, three by certain people of Royston, the Rector of Therfield and a nominee of the Lord of the Manor. The elected Conservators serve for 3 years and retire by rotation. In 2019 the representative of the Commoners, John King retires and is available for re-election. The Royston resident representative Margaret Gregorius retires and is available for re-election.

Explanation of Commoners

The award of 1888 which enclosed the Heath gave stints, commoners rights, to landowners who had traditionally grazed the sheep on the Heath. These rights go with the land. Over the years the number of registered stint holders has reduced to 5. Although those five no longer exercise their right to graze sheep they continue to have the right to elect three Conservators.

Explanation of Royston Residents

The award also specified the area of Royston that was at that time built upon. As Royston has grown, houses have now been built outside this area. However, the electorate is defined by the Charity’s 1888 Act of Parliament and that is the area we are required to use. In the Award, the people in Royston were defined as ‘the inhabitant ratepayers’. ‘Ratepayers’ became an outdated concept with the passage of time and in 1990 an Order was granted to amend the Charity’s 1888 Act, so the reference is now to those who are ‘registered as local government electors’, ie those who are on the electoral role for local government elections. That Area was referred to as the Special Drainage District of Royston and the map is posted here.

Proposing and seconding of Conservators.

People wishing to stand as a Conservator need to be proposed and seconded by people who are eligible to vote in one of the elections.

People who wish to stand to represent Commoners will need to be proposed and seconded in writing by one of the registered stint holders. The current Common Register is available from Herts County Council. Nominations need to be received by the clerk by February 1st.

People who wish to stand as a Conservator for the people of Royston will need to be proposed and seconded in writing by someone who is eligible because they are “registered as a local government electors” in The Special Drainage District Of Royston. There is a list of the eligible postcodes here. :

Nominations need to be received by the clerk by February 1st.