Three Rivers District

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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. The three rivers of the name are the Chess, Gade and Colne.

Politics

District council

Template:Main 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 2012 elections, the Liberal Democrats kept control with a reduced majority, having won the council from no overall control in 1999. The Labour Party made gains, including defeating the English Democrats councillor who had been elected as a British National Party member four years earlier. The Conservative Party retained fourteen seats on the council, losing one seat and gaining another.

As of the 2012 elections, the composition of the council is:

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Party Councillors Change (since 2011)
28 -1
14 0
6 +2
Total 48 -
Source: BBC News

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

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Chorleywood Chris Hayward

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Croxley Steve Drury

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Oxhey Park Frances Button

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Rickmansworth Barbara Lamb

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South Oxhey Joan King

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Source: Hertfordshire County Council

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 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. Most of the north-eastern ward of Bedmond and Primrose Hill is in the St Albans constituency, which is currently held by the Conservative Anne Main.

Seat Wards MP Party
St Albans Bedmond and Primrose Hill (part) Anne Main

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South West Hertfordshire Ashridge, Chorleywood East, Chorleywood West, Croxley Green, Croxley Green North, Croxley Green South, Hayling, Maple Cross and Mill End, Moor Park and Eastbury, Northwick, Penn, Rickmansworth, Rickmansworth West, Sarratt David Gauke

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Watford Abbots Langley, Bedmond and Primrose Hill (part), Carpenders Park, Langleybury, Leavesden, Oxhey Hall Richard Harrington

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Source: Boundary Commission for England

Wards

Three Rivers is composed of twenty wards:

  • Abbots Langley
  • Ashridge
  • Bedmond and Primrose Hill
  • Carpenders Park
  • Chorleywood East
  • Chorleywood West
  • Croxley Green
  • Croxley Green North
  • Croxley Green South
  • Hayling
  • Langleybury
  • Leavesden
  • Maple Cross and Mill End
  • Moor Park and Eastbury
  • Northwick
  • Oxhey Hall
  • Penn
  • Rickmansworth
  • Rickmansworth West
  • Sarratt
  • West Hyde

Transport

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:

  • Chorleywood served by CR and LU
  • Croxley LU only
  • Moor Park LU only
  • Rickmansworth CR and LU

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:

  • Carpenders Park (London - Watford line)

London Midland stations:

  • Kings Langley (Euston - Northampton line)

Chiltern Railways stations:

  • Chorleywood
  • Rickmansworth

Settlements

  • Abbots Langley
  • Chorleywood
  • Loudwater, Hertfordshire
  • Maple Cross
  • Moor Park, Hertfordshire
  • Rickmansworth
  • Sarratt
  • South Oxhey

Footnotes

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External links

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