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22 April 2024 – Three Elections “important For Bridport’s Future”, Says Town Council

22 April 2024 – Three elections “important for Bridport’s future”, says Town Council

Elections for Bridport Town Council, Dorset Council, and Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner are all taking place on Thursday 2 May, and will include new contests in some areas.

The recent expansion of Bridport Town Council means that electors in former the parish areas of Allington, Bothenhampton & Walditch, and Bradpole, along with some whose homes now come under Bridport rather than Symondsbury, will get a vote in one of five new Town Council ‘wards’.  There are no records of previous elections at this level of government in these areas and the Town Council is keen to make sure people have their say.

Town Clerk Will Austin said “Town and parish councils have a statutory right to raise taxes from their residents, and affect their lives in many other ways, so it’s important for Bridport’s future that people have their say in choosing who to represent them.  Across the five wards of the Town Council people will be able to vote for up to five candidates in Bradpole, Bridport Central, and West Bridport & Allington, up to three in Bothenhampton & Walditch, and two in West Bay.  The full list of candidates can be found on our website [at] along with other information about the elections.”

Elections for Dorset Council also take place on 2 May, with voters able to select up to three candidates from a total of ten, and for the Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner (one candidate from four).  More information on these elections can be found at

For the first time in Bridport, voters will need to provide identification at the polling station before being allowed to vote.  A full list of acceptable forms of identification can be found at

Dorset Council administers the PCC and local elections in Bridport, and can be contacted on 01305 838299 or via email [email protected].


  • Will Austin, Town Clerk, Bridport Town Council. Email [email protected] or tel. 01308 456722.
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