Three Rivers District

Three Rivers
Three Rivers District
Three Rivers shown within Hertfordshire
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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)
Area rank224th (of 309)
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total93,323
 • Rank261st (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

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 confluence of the Chess and the Gade with the Colne in Rickmansworth inspired the district's name.[2]

District council

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.[3][4]

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

Liberal Democrats24


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

  • Abbots Langley and Bedmond
  • Carpenders Park
  • Chorleywood North and Sarratt
  • Chorleywood South and Maple Cross
  • Dickinsons
  • Durrants
  • Gade Valley
  • Leavesden
  • Moor Park and Eastbury
  • Oxhey Hall and Hayling
  • Penn and Mill End
  • Rickmansworth Town
  • South Oxhey

County council

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[5]
Abbots LangleySara BedfordLiberal Democrats
CroxleyChris LloydLiberal Democrats
Rickmansworth East and Oxhey ParkReena RangerConservative
Rickmansworth WestPaula HiscocksConservative
South Oxhey and EastburyChristopher AlleyConservative
Three Rivers RuralPhil WilliamsLiberal 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.

St AlbansAbbots Langley and part of Bedmond and part of Gade ValleyDaisy CooperLiberal Democrats
South West HertfordshireCarpenders 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 OxheyGagan MohindraConservative
WatfordAbbots Langley and Bedmond (part), Carpenders Park (part), Gade Valley (part), Leavesden, Oxhey Hall and Hayling (part)Dean RussellConservative
Source: Boundary Commission for England


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

London Underground stations:

  • Chorleywood
  • Croxley
  • Rickmansworth
  • Moor Park

Chiltern Railways stations:

  • Chorleywood
  • Rickmansworth

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

London Overground stations:

West Coast Main Line stations:

  • Kings Langley


Civil parishes

Three Rivers is partially parished. There are six civil parishes in the district:[6]

  • Abbots Langley
  • Batchworth
  • Chorleywood
  • Croxley Green
  • Sarratt
  • Watford Rural

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.[6]


  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. ^ "'It was my own decision' Councillor denies he quit because he was to be 'deselected'". Watford Observer. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Disillusioned Three Rivers District councillor: 'I want the freedom to say the people I represent are telling me this'". Watford Observer. 25 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Hertfordshire's County Councillors". Hertfordshire County Council. Archived from the original on 12 September 2021. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 25 September 2021.

External links

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

Media files used on this page

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East of England districts 2011 map.svg
Author/Creator: Nilfanion, created using Ordnance Survey data, Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0

Map of the East of England region showing the administrative districts.

Equirectangular map projection on WGS 84 datum, with N/S stretched 160%

Geographic limits:

  • West: 0.8W
  • East: 1.8E
  • North: 53.1N
  • South: 51.4N
Three Rivers UK locator map.svg
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Map of Hertfordshire, UK with Three Rivers highlighted.

Equirectangular map projection on WGS 84 datum, with N/S stretched 160%