Conservatives retain Heathfield

County councillor and former ESCC chairman Rupert Simmons (Con) from Waldron retained his hold on the Heathfield ward but with a reduced majority.

He polled 1253 votes (49.7 per cent) against 2143 votes (65.6 per cent) in 2009.

Second came Julie Docker for UKIP with 798 votes (31.6 per cent) and Labour came in third with 265 votes (10.5 per cent) leaving the LibDems trailing in fourth place with 206 votes (8.2 per cent.)