Three Rivers District

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Three Rivers
Three Rivers District
Non-metropolitan district
Three Rivers shown within Hertfordshire
Three Rivers shown within Hertfordshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East of England
Non-metropolitan county Hertfordshire
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Rickmansworth
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body Three Rivers District Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Liberal Democrat)
 • MPs David Gauke
Anne Main
Richard Harrington
 • Total 34.3 sq mi (88.8 km2)
Area rank 229th (of 326)
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 90,423
 • Rank 262nd (of 326)
 • Density 2,600/sq mi (1,000/km2)
 • Ethnicity[1] 86.3% White
9.2% S.Asian
1.9% Black
2.3% Mixed Race
0.4% Arab or Other
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 26UJ (ONS)
E07000102 (GSS)
OS grid reference TQ0591494481

Three Rivers is a local government district in Hertfordshire in the East of England. The local authority is Three Rivers District Council, which is based in Rickmansworth.

It was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of Rickmansworth Urban District and Chorleywood Urban District with part of Watford Rural District.[2] The three rivers of the name are the Chess and the Gade which meet the Colne in the area around Rickmansworth.


District council

Three Rivers is a non-metropolitan district that elects one-third of its councillors at any one time: three times every four years, with the fourth for elections to Hertfordshire County Council). In the 2014 elections, new ward boundaries came into effect and the council was reduced from 48 to 39 seats. All seats were contested at that election, though future elections will continue to be conducted by thirds. In the 2015 election the Liberal Democrats lost their previous majority on the council, which was left with overall control. The council is notable as one where a British National Party member has served - a BNP councillor was elected in 2008, but had left the party by the time his seat came up for re-election and he was defeated.

As from the election in May 2015, the composition of the council is:

Party Councillors
Liberal Democrat 19
Conservative 17
Labour 3
Total 39
Source: [1]

County council

For elections to Hertfordshire County Council, the district is divided into six divisions, three of which are held by the Conservatives, two by the Liberal Democrats, and one by Labour:

Seat Councillor Party
Abbots Langley Sara Bedford Liberal Democrat
Chorleywood Chris Hayward Conservative
Croxley Steve Drury Liberal Democrat
Oxhey Park Frances Button Conservative
Rickmansworth Barbara Lamb Conservative
South Oxhey Joan King Labour
Source: Hertfordshire County Council


For parliamentary elections, the district is divided across three constituencies. Most of the district is within the South West Hertfordshire constituency, which is considered a safe Conservative seat and held by a Conservative MP (currently David Gauke) since its creation in 1950. The eastern parts of the constituency, to the north and south of Watford, are part of that borough's constituency, which is a three-way marginal currently held by Conservative Richard Harrington, having fluctuated between Labour and the Conservatives. Parts of two wards, north of the M25, are in the St Albans constituency, which is currently held by the Conservative Anne Main.

Seat Wards MP Party
St Albans Abbots Langley and Bedmond (part), Gade Valley (part) Anne Main Conservative
South West Hertfordshire Carpenders Park (part), Chorleywood North and Sarratt, Chorleywood South and Maple Cross, Dickinsons, Durrants, Moor Park and Eastbury, Oxhey Hall and Hayling (part), Penn and Mill End, Rickmansworth Town, South Oxhey David Gauke Conservative
Watford Abbots Langley and Bedmond (part), Carpenders Park (part), Gade Valley (part), Leavesden, Oxhey Hall and Hayling (part) Richard Harrington Conservative
Source: Boundary Commission for England


Three Rivers is composed of thirteen wards, each electing three councillors:


Train services in the district are provided by Chiltern Railways (CR), London Midland, London Overground and the Metropolitan line of the London Underground (LU).

London Underground stations:

The track and stations are owned by London Underground.

A special fare structure exists as the stations are outside the Greater London boundary although much of the district is within the north westerly bounds of the M25 motorway and the London commuter belt.

If the proposed Croxley Rail Link goes ahead, it would run through the district, providing two new Underground stations between Croxley and Watford Junction.

London Overground stations:

London Midland stations:

Chiltern Railways stations:



  1. "Neighbourhood Statistics". Office for National Statistics (ONS). Retrieved 2012-12-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "About Three Rivers". Three Rivers District Council. May 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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