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Elections and referendums in Brentwood

Elections to the Borough and County Councils

For electoral purposes the Borough of Brentwood is divided into 15 wards, which are further sub-divided into 41 polling districts.

Elections take place each year for local councillors, either at Borough Council or County Council level. 

Borough Councillors sit for four years and elections are by thirds meaning a third of the seats are contested each time. As some wards have only one or two councillors, not every ward is contested each time there are local elections.

Elections are due to be held in May 2023 in 12 of the Borough Council’s 15 wards. There are no scheduled elections this year in Hutton Central, Hutton South and South Weald wards. Find out more about elections in 2023.

Elections to Essex County Council are held every four years. There are four County Council divisions in the Brentwood area, each with one seat. The next Essex County Council elections are scheduled to be held in 2025.

Electors may also live in an area that has a Parish Council for which elections take place every four years. Find out more about parish council elections.

UK Parliamentary elections

Brentwood is in the Parliamentary constituency of Brentwood & Ongar. MPs are elected for a period of up to five years but a general election can be called earlier. At the last UK Parliamentary Election on 12 December 2019, Michael Alex Burghart was returned to Parliament for the Brentwood & Ongar Constituency.

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) election

Elections for the post of Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for the Essex Police Area are held every four years. An election was due to be held in May 2020 but was postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus situation.

Roger Hirst was re-elected as Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for the Essex Police Area at the election on 6 May 2021.

For more information about the role of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, visit police and crime commissioner or Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

Neighbourhood Plan Referendums

A Referendum on the Ingatestone and Fryerning Neighbourhood Plan was held on 4 August 2022. 

More than half of those voting were in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan for Ingatestone & Fryerning.

View the Declaration of result of poll (PDF) and find out more information about the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum process.