THREE by-elections are underway across south Essex today, with residents heading to polling stations in Southend, Basildon and Thurrock.
A by-election is being held in the Aveley and Uplands ward in Thurrock, with candidates looking to replace Independent councillor Tim Aker, who is also a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). Mr Aker’s departure has been controversial in the borough with some rival councillors recently implying he was removed from his position by the council over his lack of attendance to meetings.
Looking to take Mr Aker’s position will be Charles John Curtis for Labour, David Van Day for the Conservatives, Alan Field for the Thurrock Independents and Tomas Pilvelis for the Liberal Democrats.
In all wards polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm.
Aveley and Uplands ward, Thurrock polling stations
Aveley Methodist Church Hall, Shannon Way
Aveley Public Hall, Purfleet Road
The Sycamores, Dacre Avenue, Aveley
Hugh Delargy Hall, Wood Avenue, Uplands Estate