WE would like to thank all the voters in the Bridport unitary ward who voted for us in the local election.

The new Dorset Council will present many challenges in the coming years as it finds its feet, you can be rest assured that we will be working really hard to give local people more say in the issues that affect us all.

The new Dorset Council is more politically balanced now than has been the case for many years.

This gives us hope of redressing the balance of fairness, social cohesion, protection and delivering the real needs of our towns and parishes.

You have put your trust in us - we will work hard and not let you down.