2020 election information

The process of electing Conservators of Therfield Heath and Greens is laid out in the Parliamentary Award of 1888.

Three Conservators are elected by the Commoners, three by certain people of Royston. Additional Conservators are the Rector of Therfield and the Lord of the Manor.

The elected Conservators serve for 3 years and retire by rotation.

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 ‘Ratepayers’ became an outdated concept with the passage of time and in 1990 an Order was granted to amend the Charity’s 1888 Act, so the reference is now to those who are ‘registered as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 original map is posted here.

North Royston Special Drainage District – outlined in red
South Royston Special Drainage District – outlined in red

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 Commons Register is available from Herts County Council.

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 according to the maps above.

It is a condition of standing that candidates complete a declaration of eligibility and agree to abide by our Code of Conduct. Please ensure this form is completed and submitted to the clerk with any nominations for election. In addition, candidates will be asked to submit a brief written summary of themselves and why they wish to be elected, to be published on this website in advance of the AGM.