Labour remained in minority control of the authority, despite losing one seat (Park) to the Liberal Democrats and failing to regain the East Marsh seat they lost to UKIP in a by-election the previous year, which was gained by the Liberal Democrats as UKIP didn't field a candidate in that ward. These were the first gains by the Liberal Democrats in the borough since the 2008 local elections, prior to being almost wiped out over the next four years.
Since the previous year's elections, two UKIP councillors (Matthew Stinson and Stephen Harness) resigned from their party and sat as Independents, and would go on to join the Conservatives, while Ron Shepherd by this point had already defected directly to the Conservatives and successfully defended his seat in Scartho at these elections in the process.
Shortly after these elections took place, a by-election was held to fill the vacancy in the South ward in June 2016 due to the resignation of councillor Chris Stanland in the South ward. Although he resigned before these local elections, it happened after close of nominations. Labour held the seat and thus increased their number of councillors to 19.
Note: Ron Shepherd held his seat, as he was elected as UKIP when the seat was last fought in 2012, but defected to the Conservatives shortly before these elections. Goodwin became a councillor for South ward after a by-election which was held mere weeks after these elections. De Freitas is the son of Park councillor Andrew and previously stood in Freshney in 1999.