Three Rivers District

Three Rivers is a local government district in southwest Hertfordshire, England. Its council is based in Rickmansworth.

Three Rivers
Three Rivers District
Three Rivers shown within Hertfordshire
Three Rivers shown within Hertfordshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast of England
Non-metropolitan countyHertfordshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQRickmansworth
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyThree Rivers District Council
 • MPsDaisy Cooper
Gagan Mohindra
Dean Russell
 • Total34.3 sq mi (88.8 km2)
 • Rank224th (of 309)
 • Total93,771
 • Rank259th (of 309)
 • Density2,700/sq mi (1,100/km2)
 • Ethnicity[1]
86.3% White
9.2% S.Asian
1.9% Black
2.3% Mixed Race
0.4% Arab or Other
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code26UJ (ONS)
E07000102 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTQ0591494481

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by the merger of Rickmansworth Urban District, Chorleywood Urban District and part of Watford Rural District. The confluence of the Chess and the Gade with the Colne in Rickmansworth inspired the district's name.[2] The main offices are located in Rickmansworth in Three Rivers House, opened in 1991.

District councilEdit

Three Rivers District Council
Sarah Nelmes, Liberal Democrats
since 14 July 2020[5]
Debbie Morris, Conservative
since 24 May 2022[6]
Leader of Opposition
Ciaran Reed[3], Conservative
Leader of Labour Group
Stephen Cox[4], Labour
Seats39 councillors
Political groups
Executive (23)
  •   Liberal Democrats (23)

Opposition (16)

First past the post
Last election
6 May 2021
Meeting place
Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, WD3 1RL

Three Rivers is a non-metropolitan district that elects one-third of its councillors every four years and with the fourth year 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 although future elections will continue to be conducted in thirds.

The Liberal Democrat administration fell to minority status with the resignation of two councillors from the party, in March and April 2018.[7][8]

Following the 2 May 2019 elections, the composition of the council is:

Party Councillors
Liberal Democrats 24
Conservative 12
Labour 3
Total 39


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


Three Rivers District Council carries out a variety of district council functions including:

  • Benefits - Housing and Council Tax
  • Car Parking
  • Concessionary Travel
  • Council Tax - Administration and Collection
  • Elections and Electoral Registration
  • Environmental Health (includes Domestic and Commercial Premises)
  • Food Safety and Hygiene Complaints
  • Noise Pollution and Pest Control
  • Housing Administration
  • Licensing
  • Caravan Sites
  • Planning, including Planning Applications, Advice and Appeals
  • Public Conveniences
  • Health and Leisure Centres
  • Refuse Collection
  • Recycling
  • Tourism and Visitor Information


The Council is controlled by the Liberal Democrats, who hold 23 of the 39 seats. The Conservatives form the second-largest faction, with 12, of the seats followed by Labour with 3 seats and Greens with 1 seat.[9]

Three Rivers is a non-metropolitan district that elects one-third of its councillors at any one time with councillor elected three times every four years, with the fourth for elections to Hertfordshire County Council). In the 2016 elections, the council remained under a minority Liberal Democrat administration. The Liberal Democrats regained their majority following a by-election in January 2017. Previously, there were 48 seats: half of the wards elected two councillors each. Nine elected three councillors each. Sarratt ward elected one.

Councillors are divided into classes depending on the year of their retirement. Usually, this will be four years after their election. However, if a ward elects two members at a given election (because of a by-election being held at the same time as a normal election), the councillor with the most votes receives the later of the two available retirement dates.

Political ControlEdit

Year Control
1973 No overall control
1976 Conservative
1986 No overall control
1987 Alliance
1988 Liberal Democrats
1990 No overall control
1999 Liberal Democrats
2014 No overall control
2017 Liberal Democrats

County councilEdit

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

Hertfordshire County Councillors for divisions in Three Rivers[10]
Division Councillor Party
Abbots Langley Sara Bedford Liberal Democrats
Croxley Chris Lloyd Liberal Democrats
Rickmansworth East and Oxhey Park Reena Ranger Conservative
Rickmansworth West Paula Hiscocks Conservative
South Oxhey and Eastbury Christopher Alley Conservative
Three Rivers Rural Phil Williams Liberal Democrats


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 Gagan Mohindra) 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 Dean Russell, 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 Liberal Democrat Daisy Cooper.

Seat Wards MP Party
St Albans Abbots Langley and Bedmond (part), Gade Valley (part) Daisy Cooper Liberal Democrats
South West Hertfordshire Carpenders Park (part), Chorleywood North and Sarratt, Chorleywood South and Maple Cross, Durrants, Moor Park and Eastbury, Oxhey Hall and Hayling (part), Penn and Mill End, Rickmansworth Town, South Oxhey Gagan Mohindra Conservative
Watford Abbots Langley and Bedmond (part), Carpenders Park (part), Gade Valley (part), Leavesden, Oxhey Hall and Hayling (part) Dean Russell Conservative
Source: Boundary Commission for England


Train services are provided by Chiltern Railways and the Metropolitan line of the London Underground.

London Underground stations:

Chiltern Railways stations:

A special fare structure exists as the stations are outside the Greater London boundary.

London Overground stations:

West Coast Main Line stations:


Civil parishesEdit

Three Rivers is partially parished. There are six civil parishes in the district:[11]

There are two areas of unparished land: one larger area including Maple Cross and Mill End, Rickmansworth; and a smaller area including part of Loudwater.[11]


  1. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics". Office for National Statistics (ONS). Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  2. ^ "About Us". Three Rivers District Council. May 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2008.
  3. ^ "Councillors". Three Rivers District Council. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  4. ^ "Councillors". Three Rivers District Council. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Council minutes, 14 July 2020". Three Rivers District Council. Retrieved 8 December 2021.
  6. ^ "New Chair and Vice-Chair elected at Annual Council". Three Rivers District Council. 27 May 2022. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  7. ^ "'It was my own decision' Councillor denies he quit because he was to be 'deselected'". Watford Observer. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Disillusioned Three Rivers District councillor: 'I want the freedom to say the people I represent are telling me this'". Watford Observer. 25 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Contacting Your Councillor".
  10. ^ "Hertfordshire's County Councillors". Hertfordshire County Council. Archived from the original on 12 September 2021. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  11. ^ a b "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 25 September 2021.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°38′19.28″N 0°28′9.46″W / 51.6386889°N 0.4692944°W / 51.6386889; -0.4692944