Modernising the Malvern Hills Acts 

Public Consultation Report

Thank you to everyone who has responded to our public consultation by submitting the consultation questionnaire.  

We received 467 responses from the public and all the responses have now be collated, analysed and summarised by the Charity Commission Scheme Working Group.  Their report, along with recommendations can be viewed in the full report below. A summary is also available at the start of this document.

A document with the responses in full has also been provided for reference, as well as the Public Consultation Document, glossary and table of acts.

Charity Commission Scheme - Full Public Report (with summary) - January 2020.
Full consultation responses

Public Consultation Document - September 2019
Table of Acts

This report, and the recommendations within it, will be discussed at the Governance Committee meeting on the 30th January 2020.

The Trust manages a landscape of national importance. Since Malvern Hills Conservators was established by Act of Parliament in 1884, many things have changed.

We now need to fundamentally revise our governing Acts in order to be able to operate more effectively in the 21st century. We have set out what the problems are and our ideas on how to solve them.

You can have your say on the proposals through a public consultation which will run online from 2nd September to 13th October.

Why are we consulting?

The Malvern Hills and Commons are a much-loved landscape which is open to the public. All sorts of people have an interest, whether as recreational users, commoners, keen observers of wildlife, local residents who pay the levy which provides a valuable contribution to its up-keep, people who appoint a board member or people who just admire the Malvern Hills through their windows.

Although we have spent years examining the options, we’d really value your comments and ideas, because you might come up with something that we haven’t thought of!

Please could you take the time to understand the problems that we have outlined and carefully to consider the solutions we have put forward? We might not have found the best ones and we hope some good ideas will flow in from the consultation. Be assured that all comments will be read and considered.

The proposals

We have prepared 2 documents to help you understand the issues which Malvern Hills Trust needs to address:

  1. A short summary. We recommend everyone reads this as an introduction to the issues and key proposals.
  2. A consultation document setting out all the issues in detail, with the solutions that we are suggesting.

The consultation document is lengthy and some of the content will be unfamiliar – a few topics contain quite a bit of legal jargon and not everyone will be familiar with things like commoners’ rights. We have done our best to explain everything as clearly as possible but some parts will inevitably be quite hard to follow. The consultation document refers to our Acts. These are set out section by section for those who would like to refer to the current provisions. Full copies of the original Acts (some parts of which have been altered and repealed) are also available here.

How to find out more

We are running a series of drop-in events throughout the consultation period where staff and Board members will be available to discuss your viewpoints and explain in more depth the changes we are proposing to make.

Location Date Time
Callow End Village Hall 09/09/2019 3pm-8pm
Colwall Village Hall 17/09/2019 3pm-8pm
Malvern Theatres, Circle Bar 22/09/2019 1:30pm- 5:30pm
United Reformed Church Hall, Malvern Link 25/09/2019 3pm-8pm
Castlemorton Parish Hall 01/10/2019 3pm-8pm

If you would like a hard copy of the consultation document or any alternative format, please contact the office on 01684 892002.

How to comment

You can help us to care for the Malvern Hills into the future by taking part in this consultation. Once you have read through the full consultation document please complete the online consultation questionnaire.

You do not need to answer all the questions. If you are only interested in responding to a few of them, you can skip the others. The deadline for online submissions is midnight on 13th October 2019.

We would prefer everyone who can to respond online but please contact the office on 01684 892002 if you need a paper copy of the consultation questionnaire. The deadline for receipt of paper copies of the questionnaire is 4pm on 11th October 2019. These need to be delivered to our offices:

Manor House
Grange Road
WR14 3EY

Please respond online or by completing the paper version of questionnaire. We cannot guarantee to accept any comments which are not submitted in these two ways.

What happens next?

Please note the deadlines – 4pm on 11th October for paper responses and 13th October for electronic submissions.

The Trust will consider all responses received and will review its proposals in the light of them.