In East Sussex the Conservatives lost overall control of the council after losing nine seats, with UKIP again performing strongly. However the Tories remain the largest single party on the authority.
The new make up of the council is Conservatives 20, Lib Dems 10, Labour 7, UKIP 7 and five independents.
Labour is also celebrating after it's councillors won seven of the eight seats in Hastings, prompting a visit from Labour leader Ed Milliband. Malcolm Shaw has our report.
The Conservatives have kept control of county hall in Kent - just; but tonight it is UKIP who are celebrating after winning seats on the council, seven of them in Thanet.
History was made as UKIP became the official opposition party on the authority, and the green party won their first seat on the council - winning from a conservative. A leading Kent Tory said they had to learn the lessons and 'reconnect' with their core voters.
The new make up of the council is Conservatives 45, UKIP 17 , Labour 13, Lib Dems 7 and 2 others including Kent's first Green county councillor. John Ryall sent this report just before the final results came in.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage said he could "scarcely believe" how well his party has done at yesterday's local elections.
Mr Farage told ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby his mood was 10 out of 10:
More than one million votes have been cast for UKIP during the local elections, the party has said:
Hampshire County Council leader Ken Thornber has announced he is to step down after fourteen years in the post. He denies it's anything to do with UKIP gaining seats on the council and told our correspondent Andrew Pate why he felt he had to go.
Isle of Wight council leader David Pugh has lost his seat today by 10 votes. Richard Priest (Independent) beat him. The pair speak to Meridian.
The final results are in for Kent County Council's elections. Overall control retained by the Conservatives.
- Conservatives 45
- UKIP 17
- Labour 13
- Lib Dems 7
- Green 1
- Independent 1
Labour leader Ed Miliband says 'Labour can turn this country around'