East Sussex County Council

2021 Conservative hold, from 2017

Counting complete. After 50 of 50 seats declared.

Change compared with 2017
  1. Conservative

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 27
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -3
    • Councillors overall total 27
  2. Liberal Democrat

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 11
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 11
  3. Labour

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 5
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +1
    • Councillors overall total 5
  4. Green

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

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 3
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -2
    • Councillors overall total 3
  1. Almost 100 fallen trees in East Sussex

    Almost 100 fallen trees have been dealt with by the county council in East Sussex so far today.

    The authority says it has attended a total of 167 call outs for incidents so far including obstructions on carriageways, traffic lights not working due to power cuts and a fuel spillage.

    It says it has doubled the number of highways crews working for the rest of the day and over the weekend.

  2. 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.

  3. Greens take first seat in East Sussex

    The Green Party has won its first ever seat on East Sussex County Council.

    Georgia Taylor beat the Conservatives' Simon Kirby to take the Forest Row and Groombridge seat with 58% of the vote.

    Mr Kirby was standing in his first election since being unseated as Brighton Kemptown MP in 2017.

  4. 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.

  5. Tips to stay open

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Council tips across Sussex will stay open during the current restrictions.

    However, East Sussex County Council is asking householders to cut the amounts they take, and try to use kerbside collections as much as possible.

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  6. Council works to keep library services available

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Library services will still be available during lockdown in East Sussex, despite all 17 of its library buildings being shut.

    Users will be able to order books online or by phone, and then pick them up from the front entrance of their local library.

    Library books

    Anyone who needs to access computers for services such as universal credit can pre-book a session by calling 0345 60 80 196.

    Online books, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines are available through the eLibrary service here.

  7. Mental health services 'need radical redesign'

    Huw Oxburgh

    Local Democracy Reporter

    A depressed child

    Mental health services for children and young people in Sussex would benefit from a “radical redesign”, an independent review has suggested.

    It found young people were waiting too long to access emotional health and wellbeing services, leading to feelings of "frustration and helplessness".

    Its findings have been endorsed by the Clinical Commissioning Groups and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT), as well as Brighton and Hove City Council, East Sussex County Council and West Sussex County Council.

    In a joint statement to BBC Radio Sussex, a spokesman for these organisations said: “Feedback we have received… has highlighted the current system is not working as well as it should. This is something that needs to rapidly change."

    The spokesman said an independently-led review was commissioned and an "oversight board" had been set up to take the recommendations forward.

    The review has suggested improving the accuracy and availability of data; creating an effective single point of access for those looking for help, and greater investment in places with the highest need.

    It also drew attention to comparatively high levels of self-harm among children and young people in Sussex.

    However, it did not consider the service to be unsafe, saying it was not clear whether the current system had contributed to that.

  8. 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.

  9. 'No service cuts' in budget, council says

    Huw Oxburgh

    Local Democracy Reporter

    The leader of East Sussex County Council has confirmed his administration will not be looking for new service cuts in its 2021/2022 budget, although opposition groups say the claim is "misleading".

    During a meeting of the council’s cabinet, Conservative council leader Keith Glazier said it would be the first time in more than a decade the council had not announced new cuts and the budget would ensure services did not fall below the "core offer" – a level which the council believes to be its "minimum reasonable service".

    Liberal Democrat group leader David Tutt said: "You have already planned cuts between now and 2024, so you have set out what those cuts are going to be. They are £7.28m worth of cuts.

    “If I was a member of the public and I was asking whether my level of service would be as good as or better than it has been in the past, in general terms the answer is a definitive no.”

    Official budget proposals are to announced in February.

  10. Council promises no more cuts

    Huw Oxburgh

    Local Democracy Reporter

    County Hall

    East Sussex County Council says it will not be looking to make any new cuts next year, as the authority begins its annual budget-setting process.

    According to papers to be considered by the county council’s cabinet on Friday, the authority says it has no plans to identify further savings in 2021/22 "due to the considerable level of national funding uncertainty and the ever-changing requirements to meet the response to Covid-19".

    While it may not be looking at any new savings, the council says savings already in the pipeline from previous budgets will take it down to its core offer – described as its minimum reasonable service – within the next three years.

    In a recent newsletter, council leader Keith Glazier said it was "not the time" for further service cuts.

    He said: “Every home and every business in East Sussex has been hit by Covid-19 – often severely.

    “That’s why many people are relying more than ever on public services like care for the elderly and vulnerable, support for businesses or help with education.

    “Knowing this, I’m pleased to say that my intention is for East Sussex County Council to keep its core offer to residents unchanged in our next budget."

  11. Council rejects calls to halt weedkiller use

    Huw Oxburgh

    Local Democracy Reporter

    East Sussex County Council has rejected calls to stop using a controversial weedkiller.

    On Monday, lead member for transport and environment Claire Dowling confirmed the council will continue to use glyphosate-based weedkillers to control roadside vegetation.

    The decision follows two petitions from local residents, calling on the council to ban the use of the herbicide in the Eastbourne, Jevington and Willingdon areas, and in Hastings.

    GV of East Sussex County Council's HQ

    Green Party campaigner Julia Hilton, who was the lead signatory of the Hastings petition, spoke at the meeting.

    She said: “It is almost a year since the council declared a climate emergency and one aspect of that was that we support the aims and implementations of the UN’s sustainable development goals.

    “[One of those] is to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems … and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

    “Better verge management and banning pesticide use would be a really good start locally.”

    Responding to the concerns, councillor Dowling said the council would work with its partners to find alternative methods as part of the next highways maintenance contract in 2023.

    She said: “We have already, unlike a lot of local authorities out there, reduced what we do on the ground.

    “We have reduced to one spray per year and I believe we are down to the weakest solution that we could possibly do.

    “We do have a responsibility for maintaining our highways and gullies and I am aware that we do only look at treating where there are weeds, not blanket spraying.”

  12. Rural crime rises across Sussex

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Sussex Police recorded more than 5,700 rural crimes in 2019/20 – a rise of more than 350 compared to the previous year, a meeting of the Sussex Police and Crime Panel was told.

    Rural crime falls into four categories – agricultural, equine, wildlife and heritage – and can also include environmental issues such as fly-tipping and the polluting of streams and rivers.

    In West Sussex, the highest increase was seen in Mid Sussex, with 584 cases recorded – a rise of 101.

    In East Sussex, Rother and Wealden saw the most rural crime committed, with 716 and 884 cases respectively, both a rise of more than 100.

    In Brighton there were 478 cases (up 18), in Eastbourne there were 151 (up 11) and in Lewes there were 333 (up seven).

    Almost 2,000 of the crimes were violent – a rise of 12% – with burglaries rising by almost one-quarter – up 172 to 888 cases – and criminal damage rising from 760 cases to 797.

    Working with the National Farmers’ Union and the Country Land & Business Association, Sussex Police has developed a Rural Crime Strategy outlining how rural communities will be protected.