2018 Conservators Election








Wimbledon and Putney Commons are overseen by a Board of eight Conservators and it is their role to ensure that Wimbledon Common, Putney Heath and Putney Lower Common (the Commons) are managed and conserved in accordance with the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Act 1871.

Every three years there is a requirement to hold an election for the five elected Conservators who sit alongside the three Conservators appointed by Government Departments.   

There are some 66,000 electors who are eligible to vote in the forthcoming  triennial election. This is your opportunity to have a say on how this important resource for local people is managed and run.  With options to vote for the five positions to be filled by post or online, it is very easy to have your say.



VOTE BEFORE 5.00pm on 28th FEBRUARY 2018


How do I know that I live within the Levy-paying area?  

If you live within three quarters of a mile of the perimeter of Wimbledon Common, measured by the most direct route, or within the old Parish of Putney as it was in 1871 (see map), your household will be subject to an additional Levy on top of any Council Tax. This Levy is used solely for the purpose of managing Wimbledon and Putney Commons and is collected on behalf of the Commons by the appropriate local Council – Kingston Upon Thames, Merton or Wandsworth.

How do I know if I can vote in the 2018 Conservators Election?

You will only be able to vote if your name appears against an address within the Levy paying area (as defined above) and you have registered on the most recent Electoral Register. The February 2018 election uses the Register of Electors published by the respective Councils on 1st December 2017. If you do not know whether you are registered, you should enquire with your Council’s electoral registration office.

Those eligible to vote will be sent ballot papers by post from 1st February 2018.

If you believe you should have received ballot papers but have not please contact Paula Graystone, Deputy Clerk and Ranger on 020 8788 7655 or e-mail paula@wpcc.org.uk

How and when to vote

The Election is by a postal ballot managed independently on behalf of the Conservators by Electoral Reform Services. Postal ballots will be dispatched by Electoral Reform Services on the 1st February 2018.  You can vote as soon as you receive your forms and up to 5pm on 28th February. 

The Electoral Reform Services also provide an opportunity for you to vote electronically. The information on how to do that will be available on your postal ballot form. Voting on-line will save the Charity postage that can be spent on the Commons and its management.  For example, for every 100 people that vote electronically the money saved will be enough to feed one of our patrol horses for one week.  Please vote online.

The result will be determined by the numbers of votes cast as certified by Electoral Reform Services and will be announced by the Returning Officer shortly after the Closing Date which is 5.00pm on the 28th February 2018.

Why it is important to vote

These Commons are an important local resource and this is your opportunity to have your say in who is elected to oversee their management for the next three years.

Mr Michael Rappolt, the Ministry of Defence Appointed Conservator who is Returning Officer for election stated:

Turn out at the 2015 election was disappointing and with your help we are determined to improve it this year.

If like me you are passionate about preserving and enhancing the Commons for current and future generations then please don’t waste your vote. We need a strong Board of Trustees elected by you to support our Vision and Values and implement the Commons Strategy.

Look out for your ballot papers when they arrive in an envelope marked “Your Vote Counts, Voting papers Enclosed” in the post early in February 2018.  Please take the time to carefully read the Candidates’ Statements and use the next election to elect a body of local residents who you feel will best protect the future Commons and govern it effectively.

The Candidates

Please click on each Candidate's name to see their Biographical Details and Election Statements*

*Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators wish to make it clear that it accepts no responsibility for the views expressed in the Candidates’ Election Statements which are the candidates’ own personal views. Any civil or criminal liability arising from the content of any statement rests solely with the author of the statement, not Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators.  Any complaints or concerns about material written should be taken up with the individual author and not with Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators.


Opportunities to Meet the Candidates

As part of the election process there will be two opportunities for you to meet and question the Candidates.

  • The first is being organised by The Putney Society and will be held on Tuesday 30th January 2018, at the Community Church, Werter Road, Putney SW15 2LL, starting at 8.00pm.
  • The second is being organised by The Wimbledon Society and will be held on Wednesday 7th February 2018, in the Lower Hall, Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill,SW19 4LU, starting at 7.00pm.


Please help us spread the word

As part of the efforts to increase turn out at this election, the Returning Officer has instructed officers to circulate details of the election as widely as possible within the Levy-paying area, as detailed in his Publicity Plan.  This includes advertising widely across the Commons as well as with local newspapers, Residents’ Associations, local schools; doctors, dentists and veterinary surgeries and other public places within the Levy-paying area. 

Please help us to spread the word and encourage your neighbours and friends in the Levy-paying area to vote too.

If you are able to help us by promoting the election, perhaps outside your home, in a local shop or your place of work, please do contact us for a poster.  Alternatively, there is a link to download and print the poster below. 

Who to contact if you have queries

If you would like to know more about any of the above, please contact the Chief Executive at

The Ranger’s Office, 
Windmill Road, 
Wimbledon Common, 
London SW19 5NR,

Tel: 020 8788 7655 
e-mail: rangersoffice@wpcc.org.uk

Additional Links

Poster for display - can be downloaded and printed

Election Flier – includes more information about the election



Update 10th January 2018 - List of Candidates Published:



Update - 8th January 2018

Officers met last week with the Returning Officer to review the list of Candidates for the forthcoming 2018 triennial election.

Work has commenced on the necessary due diligence checks to ensure that, where appropriate, Candidates have been nominated in accordance with the requirements of the Election Byelaws and that all are eligible to stand as trustees of the Charity. Proposers and seconders have also declared that to the best of their knowledge Candidates are not disqualified from acting as a charitable trustee.

The biographical details are awaited from  several Candidates and once these have been received and reviewed, the Returning Officer has agreed that a list of the  Candidates will be published. It is hoped that this will be towards the end of this week. This is in advance of the statutory requirements of Section 21 of the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Act 1871 that require the Conservators to publish the names of Candidates at least seven clear days before the date of the election, which is the 28th February 2018.