Essex

Polling stations close for Essex County Council election

Polling stations have closed across Essex for the local election.

Seventy five seats are being contested at Essex County Council.

Polling stations opened at 07:00 BST and closed at 22:00. Counting is due to take place on Thursday night.

County councils run social services including care of the elderly and child services, education, libraries and look after about 70% of the country's roads.