Three Rivers District Council
|Three Rivers District Council|
Councillor Chris Whately-Smith, Liberal Democrats
Leader of the Council
Conservative Group Leader
Councillor Chris Hayward, Conservative
Labour Group Leader
Councillor Stephen King, Labour
|Committees||Link to Council Meetings|
|Plurality voting system|
|5 May 2011|
|Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, WD3 1RL|
Three Rivers District Council is the local authority for the Three Rivers non-metropolitan district of England, the United Kingdom. Three Rivers is located in the south-west of Hertfordshire, in the East of England region. The Council itself is based in Rickmansworth, the largest settlement in the district, but also comprises Abbots Langley, Chorleywood, Croxley Green, Maple Cross, Mill End, Sarratt and South Oxhey.
The Council consists of 48 elected members, representing twenty electoral wards. Half of the wards elect two councillors each. Nine, denoted below, elect three councillors each. One (Sarratt) elects one.
The Council is controlled by the Liberal Democrats, who hold 29, of the 48 seats. The Conservatives form the second-largest faction, with 14, of the seats followed by Labour with 4 seats and the English Democrats who control 1 seat.
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 2011 elections, the council remained under Liberal Democrat control, having been first won by the Lib Dems from no overall control in 1999. The District has also remained Lib Dem-run in 2014.
As of the 2012 elections, the composition of the council was:
|Source: [Three Rivers District Council http://www.threerivers.gov.uk/Default.aspx/Web/LocalElections]|
The local elections in 2014 returned a council with a make up as follows
Liberal Democrats 23 Conservative 12 Labour 3
giving the Liberal Democrats a majority of 8 over the opposition.
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 the Labour Party:
|Abbots Langley||Sara Bedford||Liberal Democrat|
|Croxley||Steve Drury||Liberal Democrat|
|Oxhey Park||Frances Button||Conservative|
|South Oxhey||Joan King||Labour|
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 (now 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 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 held by the Conservative Anne Main.
|St Albans||Bedmond and Primrose Hill (part)||Anne Main||Conservative|
|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||Conservative|
|Watford||Abbots Langley, Bedmond and Primrose Hill (part), Carpenders Park, Langleybury, Leavesden, Oxhey Hall||Richard Harrington||Conservative|
|Source: Boundary Commission for England|
Three Rivers consists of twenty wards. Wards electing three members are denoted with asterisks (*). Sarratt, denoted with an obelisk (†), elects one member.
Three Rivers District Council is composed of 48 councillors elected from the 20 wards. As only half of wards elect three councillors, not all wards elect in any one given year; at any one annual election, one-third (16) are elected, not counting the necessity of by-elections.
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.
|Ward||Councillors (by year of retirement)|
|Abbots Langley||Matthew Bedford||David Major||Sara Bedford|
|Ashridge||Graham Denman||Seamus Dunne||N/A|
|Bedmond and Primrose Hill||Richard Laval||N/A||Joy Mann|
|Carpenders Park||Pam Hames||Geoffrey Dunne||Eric Bishop|
|Chorleywood East||N/A||Chris Hayward||Guy Davis|
|Chorleywood West||Barbara Green||Harry Davies||Martin Trevett|
|Croxley Green||Dr Leighton Dann||Brian Norman||Roger Seabourne|
|Croxley Green North||Chris Lloyd||N/A||Steve Drury|
|Croxley Green South||Phil Brading||N/A||Brian White|
|Hayling||Phil Redshaw||Kerron Cross||N/A|
|Langleybury||Paul Goggins||Chris Whately-Smith||Chris Ayrton|
|Leavesden||Stephen Giles-Medhurst||Sue Bartrick||Kate Turner|
|Maple Cross and Mill End||Ann Shaw||Peter Wakeling||Chris Lucas|
|Moor Park and Eastbury||Ralph Sangster||Amrit Mediratta||Kemal Butt|
|Northwick||Ron Spellen||Malcolm Butwick||Ty Harris|
|Oxhey Hall||Peter Ray||Alison Scarth||N/A|
|Penn||N/A||Sarah Nelmes||Les Mead|
|Rickmansworth||N/A||Paula Hiscocks||David Sansom|
|Rickmansworth West||N/A||Russell Smith||Barbara Lamb|
|Source: Three Rivers District Council|
- About the Council
The main offices are located in Rickmansworth in Three Rivers House, opened in 1991.
- Overall control of Three Rivers District Council
|1973||No overall control|
|1986||No overall control|
|1990||No overall control|