Labour have taken the two Pitsea seats from the Conservatives.
The Tories have taken Great Baddow from the Liberal Democrats.
UKIP defector Brain Wood has lost his Canvey Island seat to an Independent
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.