With just over a week until polling day we are being urged to make our vote count in East Sussex.
Residents who have registered to vote, will head to the polls on Thursday 4 May to choose who represents their community at the County Council for the next four years.
Those elected will help to decide how the authority spends around £365million on vital services for more than half a million residents.
Chief Executive Becky Shaw said, “Councillors are elected to serve the public of East Sussex and make important decisions on services used and relied upon by all the residents of the county – from highways to education, social services to libraries.
“4 May is an opportunity for residents to have their say on how the council is run over the next four years, and I would urge as many people as possible to make their vote count.”
Following consultation by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, this year will see an increase in the number of county council seats up for grabs – from 49 to 50.
Boundaries across the county have changed to ensure all councillors represent roughly the same number of voters, while the names of some county council divisions have changed.
The changes also mean that the locations of some polling stations have altered so residents are being encouraged to double check where they should vote.
You can meet the Eastbourne candidates and hear what they have to say here.