Arthur Leathley has lived in Brentwood with his family for more than 30 years whilst working in national newspapers, business, and government. Arthur is now involved in several local organisations, including the Samaritans and Brentwood Horticultural Society, and has been actively involved in Brentwood sports clubs, including golf, hockey and squash. Arthur is also involved with the Catholic church in Brentwood and undertook community work during the Covid pandemic.
Arthur has become acutely aware of the key issues that really affect people, and this is driving him to stand for Borough Council. Brentwood has long been a thriving town, but Arthur has also seen a reduction in the quality of services, including the visibility of policing, standard of roads, and a declining High Street.
However, Brentwood South contains a strong community, including schools, key businesses, and crucially Brentwood's rail transport links, and there is much to be proud of that Arthur would seek to build upon. The area near the rail station should be an attractive welcome to the thousands of people visiting Brentwood, but a lot of work is needed to improve the environment. Arthur's focus areas upon election will be a better environment near the station, safer streets through a stronger police presence dealing with speeding and problem parking, and provision of affordable housing for key workers who are vital to local services.