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-2016 est.)
 • Total 92,500
 • Rank 260th (of 326)
 • Density 2,700/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 south-west Hertfordshire, England. Its council is based in Rickmansworth.

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 three rivers of the district's name are the Chess, the Gade and the Colne, which all meet in Rickmansworth.[2]

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.

Since the by-election in January 2017, the Liberal Democrats have held a majority on the council, having previously been a minority administration, the composition of the council is:

Party Councillors
Liberal Democrat 21
Conservative 15
Labour 3
Total 39

County council[edit]

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 part of Bedmond and part of Gade Valley Anne Main Conservative
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 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 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:

London Midland stations:



  1. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics". Office for National Statistics (ONS). Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Three Rivers District Council. May 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2008. 

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