Three Rivers District Council want to hear your views on its Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme proposals

To complete the consultation, follow this link. You can download and print a paper copy here: Three Rivers Council Tax Reduction Scheme Consultation 2017 (pdf)

Ways to have your say

We welcome your views on the proposals outlined in this document. You can tell us your views by:

- completing our survey online at:
- completing a paper survey (copies of which are available from: Three Rivers District Council, Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth. WD3 1RL
- sending your comments to:
post: Benefit Service, Watford Borough Council, Town Hall, Hempstead Road, Watford. WD17 3EX
phone: 01923 773138

The consultation is open from 17 July until noon on 8 October 2017 (when all feedback must be with the Council).

If you need this information in another format, please contact:

If you are sending by post, please use the following FREEPOST address (no stamp needed): Local Council Tax Reduction Consultation, Community Partnerships (Benefits), Three Rivers District Council, Northway, Rickmansworth, WD3 1RL

What is the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme?

In April 2013, as part of the national welfare reform, the government changed the way financial support for council tax is managed. This meant the national council tax benefit system - which helped people on low incomes meet their council tax obligations - was replaced by new local council tax support schemes managed by Local Authorities.

Pre 2013 any Council Tax Benefit (CTB) payments were covered fully by a subsidy and administration grant from Department for Works & Pensions (DWP). When CTB was abolished and LCTR introduced, financial responsibility moved from DWP to Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG).

Since 2013, Three Rivers District Council have adopted a scheme that is very similar to the Council Tax Benefit Scheme with the following changes:-

- A limit on the amount payable based on the band of the property;
- Changes to capital levels;
- The removal of Second Adult Rebate;
- Increases in Non-Dependent deductions

Parks and Open Spaces surveys

Feedback helps to ensure that the Council works towards providing the quality and facilities expected by visitors. Click on the relevant link to complete the parks and open spaces surveys on-line or if you would like a printed copy and return envelope, please call the Council on: 01923 776611. Surveys include: Leavesden Country ParkAquadromeChorleywood House Estate and Oxhey Woods

Greenspace Action Plan for Carpenters Wood, Croxleyhall Woods and Stones Orchard

Three Rivers District Council is working with the Countryside Management Service to create a new Greenspace Action Plan (GAP) for Carpenters WoodCroxleyhall Woods and Stones Orchard. The GAP sets out the management and maintenance of the woodland for a five year period. You can find out more on the Greenspace Action Plans for Woodlands page.

Shepherd Primary School Public Spaces Protection Order Consultation




Following complaints and recordings of issues* (as detailed below) relating to dropping off and collecting pupils from Shepherd Primary School, Rickmansworth, Three Rivers District Council has been observing and gathering further information on behaviour around Shepherd Primary School at school start and finishing times and investigating the impact this may or may not have on the local community.

*i) Hazardous parking causing obstruction and preventing school pupils crossing the road safely

ii) Vehicles blocking the school crossing point on Shepherds Lane

iii) Vehicles parked in the bus stop on Shepherds Lane

iv) Vehicles blocking residents' driveways and dropped kerbs

v) Vehicles parked on the mini roundabout at Shepherds Lane and Tudor Way causing danger

vi) Obstruction of the highway causing congestion

As a result of this investigation, the Council is considering putting in place a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) (see detail below) relating to parking around Shepherd Primary School.

Three Rivers District Council is interested in your views concerning this proposal for a PSPO, to address dangerous and antisocial parking linked to dropping off and picking up children from Shepherd Primary School, with the aim to make the area safer for pupils, parents and residents at these times.

You can complete the consultation on-line here:
You can download or view the draft PSPO here: PSPO - Shepherd Primary School (pdf)
You can download a map of the area the PSPO will cover here: Proposed PSPO Map - Shepherd Primary School (pd


Budget Consultation 2017-18

During December 2016 and early January 2017 Three Rivers DC conducted a survey with residents to gain their opinions on the budget decisions we need to make to balance our budget over the next 3 years. 

The results of this survey are now available. Budget Consultation Report (pdf)

Over the past few years, all councils have seen cuts in their financial support from central government. Since 2010, Three Rivers has seen its grant from central government cut by over £3 million. Over the next three years, funding will be cut again by a further £1.4 million.

Over the last decade, Three Rivers has made almost £4million of efficiency savings. This has mainly been achieved by sharing administration costs and back-office services with other councils and public bodies, cutting the number of councillors and councillors’ allowances, and reducing bureaucracy. The council has done this whilst keeping its part of the council tax paid by each household lower than that charged 10 years ago.

Next year (April 2017 - March 2018) a further £450,000 needs to be saved to balance the council's budget.  

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