Arun District Council election results: Everything you need to know about the local elections today

Here is everything you need to know about the Arun District Council election results, which are to be announced today (Friday, May 3).

Friday, 3rd May 2019, 12:13 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd May 2019, 5:23 pm
The results are expectedto be announced at 4pm this afternoon.
The results are expectedto be announced at 4pm this afternoon.

The ballot paper count is due to start at Arun Leisure Centre in Felpham Way just after 11.30 this morning, after voters took to the polls yesterday (Thursday).

The results are expected to be announced at 4pm, with all 54 seats up for election.

The results are expectedto be announced at 4pm this afternoon.

The Conservatives previously had control of the administration at the Arun Civic Centre with 44 seats.

The remaining ten seats are currently held by six Liberal Democrat councillors, two Independents, one from UKIP and one from Labour.

In Aldwick East leader Gillian Brown and cabinet member Trevor Bence will go head to head with independents Hugh Coster, from the Bognor Regis Civic Society, and Tony Dixon.

Meanwhile the Conservatives are guaranteed to win one seat in Felpham East as there is only one Lib Dem challenger.

Bersted councillor Jacky Pendleton is standing in Middleton-on-Sea instead, with Barbara Oakley standing down.

Mike Clayden who represents East Preston is looking to be elected in Angmering and Findon next month.

Aldwick West’s Phil Hitchins, chairman of the Bognor Regis regeneration sub-committee is not standing again, while deputy leader Dudley Wensley is not seeking re-election in Angmering and Findon.

Former Conservative council leader Norman Dingemans is also not seeking re-election in Arundel and Walberton.

He led the council from 2002-2006 and is currently deputy chair of the South Downs National Park Authority.

Rustington East is guaranteed to elect two new councillors as neither Graham Tyler, who quit the Tories to go independent, and Conservative Emma Neno are standing again.

Rustington West will have two new councillors as only Philippa Bower is standing again with fellow Conservatives Pauline Harrison-Horn and Stella Porter both standing down.

The other Conservative councillors not standing again are: Keith Ballard (Barnham), Marian Ayres (Courtwick with Toddington), Leonard Brown (Orchard) and Colin Cates (River).

Lib Dem Paul Wells is not standing again in Hotham.

The new make-up of the council will be announced on this website as soon as we receive it.