Local Election 2017: Live results from Essex County Council in Uttlesford and Braintree
PUBLISHED: 22:02 04 May 2017 | UPDATED: 01:04 05 May 2017
We will be keeping you updated with live results and updates from the 2017 Essex County Council election counts in Uttlesford and Braintree districts.
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Voters have been heading to the poll across Essex on May 4 to cast their ballots and select the next 75 members to sit in County Hall.
Polling stations close at 10pm, and results are expected to start coming in from around midnight.
Currently the Conservatives have control of Essex County Council, holding 44 of the 75 seats. They will be looking to extend their majority in the council chamber.
Meanwhile the opposition parties will be looking to steal as many seats as possible.
Residents 4 Uttlesford will look to hold onto their Saffron Walden seat – where incumbent John Lodge is stepping down – and try to take all of the other Uttlesford seats in Thaxted, Stansted and Dunmow divisions.
The Greens may win more votes in north Essex – whether it will be enough to add to their one seat in the north of the county (Witham North) remains to be seen, though the party has recently relaunched in Uttlesford.
Voter turnout in Uttlesford was up significantly from the last county council elections in 2013 with all four divisions seeing an increase.
Dunmow saw a 3.5% increase from four years ago, while 4.7% more people turned out to vote in Saffron Walden.
Stansted saw a whopping 12.5% voter increase from 28% in 2013 to 40.5% this year, although the Newport ward by-election, which saw a 48.6% turnout, may have well played a part in those numbers.
Thaxted Division also saw a 4.3% jump from 29.4% four years ago to 33.7% this time around.