Eastbourne goes to the polls

It was a slow start to polling in Eastbourne as voting began early this morning for elections to East Sussex County Council.

Forty nine seats are being contested for the Lewes-based council with the Conservatives hoping to keep hold of the majority earned in 2009 when they won 29 seats. The Liberal Democrats have mounted a vigorous campaign, with party leader Nick Clegg visiting Lewes yesterday hoping to build on their 13 seats. Labour will be looking to build on their four seats, one ahead of the three independents.

Polls close at 10pm with the count taking place at Eastbourne Town Hall overnight and the first of the nine town seats are likely to be declared after 2am.

Elsewhere in East Sussex, results won’t be declared until tomorrow when the new shape of party colours in the council chamber will be revealed.

Follow the Herald online where chief reporter Annemarie Field will be covering the election count from the Town Hall tonight and into the early hours of tomorrow morning.