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Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
A third of the seats in Southend-on-Sea were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.
Election 2018 Results
|Party||Elected in 2018||Total councillors||Change|
|Elected in 2018 8||Total councillors 29||Change+4|
|Elected in 2018 5||Total councillors 11||Change+2|
|Elected in 2018 3||Total councillors 9||Change-1|
|Elected in 2018 1||Total councillors 2||ChangeNo results|
|Elected in 2018 0||Total councillors 0||Change-5|
|Councillors change compared with 2014|
A huge haul of illlegally-harvested oysters has been seized from a Southend beach.
They are thought to have a street value of more than £7,000.
Essex Police are investigating.
A record number of people visited Southend Pier in May this year.
Southend Pier saw a total of 47,048 visitors last month, the largest number for May since official records started in 2006.
The previous record was in 2016 when 37,349 visited the pier that month.
James Courtenay, executive councillor for growth on Southend Council, which owns the pier, said it was "very encouraging".
"While some of this can be attributed to the good weather, boat trips from the pier, pop-up attractions and regular events have all played their part in this month’s success," he said.
Heavy machinery is used to cope with the sheer amount of litter left on the beach.
BBC Look East political correspondent
Polling has begun for elections for some district and unitary councils in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.
Across the country, 150 local authorities are electing new councillors, and there are six mayoral contests.
Councils holding elections here are:
- Cambridgeshire: Cambridge City and Peterborough City
- Essex: Colchester Borough, Basildon District, Harlow, Brentwood Borough, Castle Point Borough, Rochford District and Southend Borough
- Norfolk: Great Yarmouth Borough and Norwich City
- Suffolk: Ipswich Borough
In most places, a third of seats are being contested.
Polling stations close at 22:00 and BBC East will be providing live online coverage afterwards.