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Borough of Brentwood
Brentwood shown within Essex
Brentwood shown within Essex
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast of England
Non-metropolitan countyEssex
StatusNon-metropolitan district, Borough
Admin HQBrentwood
Incorporated1 April 1974
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyBrentwood Borough Council
 • LeadershipAlternative - Sec. 31 (Conservative)
 • MPsAlex Burghart
Area
 • Total59.12 sq mi (153.12 km2)
 • Rank182nd (of 309)
Population
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total77,021
 • Rank292nd (of 309)
 • Density1,300/sq mi (500/km2)
 • Ethnicity
93.4% White
2.9% S.Asian (Mainly from Mauritius)
1.4% Black
1.3% Mixed
1.0% Chinese or Other
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code22UD (ONS)
E07000068 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTQ595938
Websitewww.brentwood.gov.uk
Brentwood Borough Council
Type
Type
Leadership
Mayor
Olivia Sanders, Conservative
since 19 May 2021[1]
Leader
Chris Hossack, Conservative
since 15 May 2019[2]
Structure
Seats37[3]
Political groups
Administration (23)
  Conservatives (23)

Opposition (14)

  Liberal Democrats (12)
  Labour (2)
Elections
Last election
6 May 2021
Meeting place
Town Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood, CM15 8AY
Website
https://www.brentwood.gov.uk/

The Borough of Brentwood is a local government district and borough in Essex in the East of England.

History and geography

The borough is named after its main town of Brentwood. There are still large areas of woodland including Shenfield Common, Hartswood (named after its last private owner, a Mr Hart), Weald Country Park, and Thorndon Country Park. The original district council was formed in 1974 from the former area of Brentwood Urban District, part of Epping and Ongar Rural District and part of Chelmsford Rural District. By royal charter, the district became a borough on 27 April 1993.

Politics

Main article: Brentwood Borough Council elections

The council has 37 councillors, divided between 15 wards with between 1 and 3 councillors. Following the United Kingdom local elections in 2021 the political composition of Brentwood Borough Council is as follows:[4]

Year Conservative Liberal Democrat Labour
2021 23 12 2

Boundaries

Brentwood is bordered by Epping Forest district (to the north-west), Chelmsford (north-east), Basildon district (south-east), Thurrock (south, aligned with the London, Tilbury and Southend line and the London Borough of Havering (south-west).

Transport

The main transport links run in a south-west to north east direction through the borough with other important links running west to east. Shenfield and Ingatestone provide long-distance trains to Colchester, Ipswich and other long-distance destinations. However Brentwood is served by TfL Rail-run local trains between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield. Both Brentwood and Shenfield are also served by medium distant trains to Southend Victoria, Southend Airport and Southminster. Also within the borough is West Horndon which provides direct trains to London Fenchurch Street and Southend-on-Sea.

A major artery running through the borough is the A12 dual-carriageway, running from London to Chelmsford, then Colchester, the ports of Harwich and Felixstowe, Ipswich, Lowestoft, and finally Great Yarmouth. The old Roman road (A1023) goes right through the centre of Brentwood and joins the A12 (that bypasses the town) at the far ends of Brentwood. Within different parts of Brentwood the A1023 is called (from west to east) Brook Street, London Road, High Street, Shenfield Road, and Chelmsford Road. The other main road is the A127 which separates from the A12 near Romford and then proceeds easterly to Southend-on-Sea.

Media

The borough is served by dedicated radio stations, Phoenix FM and Time 107.5.

Education

Secondary schools

Primary schools

Special schools

Civil parishes and settlements in the borough

Twinning

Brentwood is twinned with Roth bei Nürnberg in Germany and Montbazon in France.

Arms

Coat of arms of Borough of Brentwood
Notes
Originally granted to Brentwood Urban District Council on 1 August 1951.
Crest
On a wreath of the colours rising from the battlements of a tower Azure a demi stag Or.
Escutcheon
Per fesse rayonée Argent and Gules in chief a Cornish chough Proper between two pilgrim's staves erect Sable in base three ancient crowns two and one Or.
Motto
Ardens Fide (Burning Faith)[5]

References

  1. ^ "Annual Council Meeting minutes, 19 May 2021" (PDF). Brentwood Borough Council. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Annual Council Meeting minutes, 15 May 2019" (PDF). Brentwood Borough Council. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Councillors". Brentwood Borough Council. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Election results by party, 2 May 2019 - Brentwood Borough Council". Brentwood.moderngov.co.uk. 2 May 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  5. ^ "East of England Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 8 March 2021.

Coordinates: 51°36′N 0°18′E / 51.6°N 0.3°E / 51.6; 0.3