UKIP gain from Conservative - Rayleigh South
Conservative hold - South Woodham Ferrers
Conservative hold - Rayleigh North
Conservative hold - Chelmsford Central
Liberal Democrat hold - Chelmsford West
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.