West Sussex County Council

2021 Conservative hold, from 2017

West Sussex scoreboard

Counting complete. After 70 of 70 seats declared.

Change compared with 2017
  1. Conservative

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 48
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -8
    • Councillors overall total 48
  2. Liberal Democrat

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 10
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +1
    • Councillors overall total 10
  3. Labour

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 9
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +4
    • Councillors overall total 9
  4. Independent

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 2
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +2
    • Councillors overall total 2
  5. Green

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 1
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +1
    • Councillors overall total 1
  1. Thank you, and goodnight from the live page team

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it for our coverage of today's local election results in the south east. Thank you for joining us.

    You can get more in-depth analysis of the results on our website.

    For Kent, click here.

    For updates from East and West Sussex, click here.

    And if you want to find out what's happening in Surrey, just click here.

    And for a look at the national picture, just go to the main BBC news site here.

  2. Supporting the NHS test and trace system in Sussex

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Test and trace app

    A new service has gone live across Sussex to support the national NHS Test and Trace system.

    It will take on responsibility for contacting people across East and West Sussex who have received a positive Covid-19 test result, but were unable to be contacted by the national Test and Trace team within 48 hours.

    Contact will be made to these people via text, phone or email.

    The service will also provide advice regarding positive test results and requirement to self-isolate.

    And it will also collect details of people's contacts during their infectious period and enter them into the national NHS Test and Trace system.

    The local service will operate between 08:00 GMT and 20:00 GMT seven days a week, including public and bank holidays.

  3. Pop-up cycle lanes to be removed

    Guy Bell

    Pop-up cycle lanes introduced in West Sussex to reduce pressure on public transport are to be removed.

    The temporary cycleways, funded by the government, were installed with the aim of providing more space for people to cycle in areas such as Crawley, East Grinstead, Horsham, Shoreham and Worthing.

    Cycle lane sign

    The cycle lanes were first brought in during May but thanks to additional funding for local transport and traffic, they are no longer needed.

    Roger Elkins, cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: “The schemes fulfilled their main objectives of offering people dedicated space to cycle rather than using public transport, or to leave the car at home and use their bike instead.

    “The extraordinary environment that led to their installation no longer exists even though we are about to enter into a new national lockdown: schools and colleges are open, traffic volumes have increased and, although public transport capacity is not back to pre-March levels, it is significantly improved.”

  4. Coronavirus restrictions' 'significant impact' on economy

    Sarah Booker-Lewis

    Local Democracy Reporter

    It could take the Greater Brighton economy eight years to recover from the coronavirus measures brought in by the government this year, experts have warned.

    The warning is included in an impact assessment by consultants Hatch for the Greater Brighton Economic Board.

    They found the lockdown and related restrictions had a “significant impact” on growth.

    It estimated an 11% drop in economic growth this year in Greater Brighton – an area that stretches from Brighton and Hove to Gatwick and from Seaford to Bognor.

    Hatch predicted that economic activity would not return to pre-covid levels until 2028.

    The report says: "The Greater Brighton region has been impacted significantly by the Covid-19 pandemic, notably in the creative, arts, visitor economy, transport and education sectors."

    According to the report, two thirds of Greater Brighton businesses used the government’s furlough scheme.

  5. Smokers 'should give up to escape poverty'

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    More than 14,000 people in West Sussex would no longer be living in poverty if they gave up smoking, a report to the county council says.

    The report for the council's health and wellbeing board says one in four of the 87,000 adults who smoke were living in poverty – around 21,750 people.

    With some cigarettes costing more than £12 a packet, around 14,500 would rise above the poverty line if they quit the habit, the report says.

    The report also placed the health costs of smoking at approximately £196m, with 7,241 smoking-related hospital admissions in one year – though that data appears to be almost ten years old.

    One of the most alarming statistics was that almost one in ten pregnant women were smokers when they had their babies.

    On top of that, 7% of 15-year-olds regularly smoke – which is above the England average – and two in five manual workers smoke.

  6. Cuts to Mid Sussex water supplies 'intolerable'

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Recent problems with the water supply in Mid Sussex have been described as "completely unacceptable and intolerable" by the leader of the district council.

    Jonathan Ash-Edwards, speaking during a meeting of the full council about last week’s burst water main in Burgess Hill, said he had written to the chief executive of South East Water.

    Thousands of homes in the Haywards Heath area were also without water for several days during August's heatwave.

    The leader told the meeting that the water company had "acknowledged the failings in their provision and the communication failings with local communities", with 89 recommendations and actions identified.

    Mr Ash-Edwards said: “On one side of the district, people had no water for several days and on the other side of the district, through no fault of their own, residents were merrily using the hosepipe in the garden because there hadn’t been a clear message from South East Water."

    Douglas Whitfield, director of operations for South East Water said: “Following the heatwave and extreme demand for water we saw in August, we have carried out a thorough review to see what could be done to reduce the risk or impact of a similar event in the future.

    “We have welcomed the close dialogue with the local authorities and we’ll work with them to ensure we can meet any growth in the region.”

  7. Stark warning over council's budget gap

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter


    West Sussex County Council has estimated that its budget gap over the next four years could be between £117m and £186m.

    The information was shared at a meeting of the performance and finance scrutiny committee, where the situation was described as "challenging".

    Presenting a report covering the first quarter of this financial year, Jeremy Hunt, cabinet member for finance, said it set out the "harsh reality of the situation".

    A revenue overspend of £16.5m by the end of this year is predicted.

    The committee was told the council planned to use £6.8m from its Contingency Budget to take the overspend down to just over £9m.

    But, if the government fails to provide enough emergency funding to cover the cost of Covid-19, the council will likely have to dip into its Budget Management Reserve to balance the books.

    And there could be worse to come as, in line with government guidance, the council’s plans for future costs are based on the assumption there will be no second wave of the pandemic.

    Mr Hunt said: “I think there is a real possibility of further lockdowns which will have a very serious impact on our already fragile economy, both nationally and locally.”

  8. 'Parents will only be fined as last resort'

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Teacher addresses class

    Parents who do not send their children back to school in September will only be fined as a last resort, West Sussex County Council has said.

    At a meeting of the full council, Nigel Jupp, cabinet member for education and skills, was asked what would happen if parents who were worried about the pandemic kept children away from lessons.

    In a written answer, Mr Jupp said the council understood that parents and children might be anxious about going back and would work with schools to help prepare them "for safe and managed return".

    He added: “The education and skills service will continue to work with schools to engage with and support parents in getting their children back into school before considering issuing penalties for poor attendance.

    “Issuing fines for non-attendance is always a last resort.”

    He said confidence was the key word, especially when it came to convincing parents that schools were doing all they could to "minimise health risks" for the children – many of whom would be returning after almost six months away.