It's done. Polling is closed. All over the district ballot boxes are coming in to the @lordbutlerlc via canoe, camel, rickshaw and Ferrari
#Colchester Council chief exec Adrian Pritchard: All ballot boxes have now been verified. In 10 minutes votes will start to be counted.
Regardless of the result in Thursday's election, Northamptonshire will have fewer county councils because of boundary changes.
The Tories have been sent a warning in their traditional Essex heartland, losing nine county council seats to a bullish UKIP.
Suffolk County Council has been Conservative-controlled since 2005. On Thursday there were elections for 75 councillors.