Some early news from the count at Weymouth & Portland: Correspondent Duncan Sleightolme says Labour have taken 2 seats from the Conservatives. 12 seats are being contested. Taking into account Labour's gain, the Conservatives now hold 2 seats, Labour rise to 4, while the Liberal Democrats have 6.
The first ballot boxes have arrived at Plymouth's Guildhall ahead of the count starting in this years local elections. A third of seats are up for grabs with Labour and the Conservatives fighting for control of the city council.
The first ballot papers are being counted after the polls closed in the Plymouth City Council local elections. 19 seats are up for grabs with Labour hoping to take control from the conservatives. Currently, the Conservatives hold 12 seats, Labour 6 and UKIP 1.
Set Conway is at the Corn Exchange inExeter for the arrival of the 1st boxes of Ballot papers. 14 seats on the Council are being contested, 5 of those belong to Labour, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have 4 each and 1 belongs to the Liberal Party.
Voters are going to the polls today in three councils across the West Country. 45 seats are being contested in Plymouth, Exeter, and Weymouth-and-Portland. Polling stations are open from 7 am till 10 pm.