Board of Conservators
Responsibility for managing Cleeve Common lies with the Board of Conservators. While many commons today are managed by Commons Councils set up following the Commons Act of 2006, the Cleeve Common Board has a much older pedigree. It has been in existence since 1890 when it was set up by its very own Act of Parliament, the Commons Regulation (Cleeve) Provisional Order Confirmation Act. This comes under the framework set out in a series of Enclosures Acts from 1845 to 1878.
The Board has wide-ranging powers to make Bylaws and regulate what activities may take place on the Common. To quote from the Act:
“The Conservators shall make Bylaws and Regulations for the prevention of or protection from nuisances and for keeping order on this said Common, including the regulation of the exercise of lawful rights of Common, subsisting over or on the said Common, and the playing of games thereon.”
We seek to promote best use of the Common today while ensuring it is looked after for future generations to benefit from and enjoy. More about our management aims.
The Board comprises representatives appointed by Cheltenham Borough Council and the Parish Councils of Bishops Cleeve, Southam and Woodmancote. The Landowner also has a seat and there is a co-opted member to represent Tewkesbury Borough (which did not exist in 1890). Board members are local people with an interest in Cleeve Common, who serve in a voluntary capacity. The Board meets 5 or 6 times per year and carries out an annual inspection of the Common.
Because there is such a wide range of business to conduct, two working groups have been set up. The Executive Team focuses on strategic matters such as funding, staffing and recreation policy. A recent example is negotiation of the new Golf Course licence with Tewkesbury Borough Council, concluded in 2012. The Operations Team directs and supports the work of the Conservation Officers and Rangers in running the Common year round. Both Teams report back to the main Board.
The Board is a Registered Charity. Its main sources of funding are the Higher Level Environmental Stewardship agreement and the licence fee for the golf course. Details of income and expenditure can be found in the latest Annual Report.