Three Rivers District

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Three Rivers
Three Rivers District
Three Rivers UK locator map.svg
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
Incorporated1 April 1974
Government
  TypeNon-metropolitan district council
  BodyThree Rivers District Council
   MPs Daisy Cooper
Gagan Mohindra
Dean Russell
Area
  Total34.3 sq mi (88.8 km2)
  Rank224th (of 309)
Population
 (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 zone UTC0 (GMT)
  Summer (DST) UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code 26UJ (ONS)
E07000102 (GSS)
OS grid reference TQ0591494481
Website threerivers.gov.uk

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

Contents

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 council

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

Opposition (16)

Elections
First past the post
Last election
6 May 2021
Meeting place
Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth.jpg
Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, WD3 1RL
Website
http://www.threerivers.gov.uk

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:

PartyCouncillors
Liberal Democrats 24
Conservative 12
Labour 3
Total39

Wards

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

Responsibilities

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

Composition

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 Control

YearControl
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 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 [10]
DivisionCouncillorParty
Abbots LangleySara Bedford Liberal Democrats
CroxleyChris Lloyd Liberal Democrats
Rickmansworth East and Oxhey Park Reena Ranger Conservative
Rickmansworth WestPaula Hiscocks Conservative
South Oxhey and EastburyChristopher Alley Conservative
Three Rivers RuralPhil Williams Liberal Democrats

Parliament

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.

SeatWardsMPParty
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

Rail

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:

Settlements

Civil parishes

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]

Footnotes

  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. "Council minutes, 14 July 2020". Three Rivers District Council. Retrieved 8 December 2021.
  4. "New Chair and Vice-Chair elected at Annual Council". Three Rivers District Council. 27 May 2022. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  5. "Councillors". Three Rivers District Council. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  6. "Councillors". Three Rivers District Council. Retrieved 8 July 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. 1 2 "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey . Retrieved 25 September 2021.

Coordinates: 51°38′19.28″N0°28′9.46″W / 51.6386889°N 0.4692944°W / 51.6386889; -0.4692944

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