Independents 15, Democratic Alliance Group 4, non-aligned 1. Coastal Essex area around the Blackwater Estuary and the Dengie peninsula; includes a large area of tidal marshland.
Heybridge East and Tollesbury have vacant seats (both held by the Conservatives). An Independent leadership took over from the Conservatives in November 2020, after eight Conservative councillors moved to non-aligned in August-October 2020.
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