Thanks to foot soldiers and electors

I would like to thank all those who supported me in the recent council elections on May 3.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who took the time and had the confidence to vote for me as an independent candidate. The independents won three more seats this time and will have a greater say in how the council is run. I have always believed that politics should stay out of local issues and this has been vindicated through the ballot box.

Can I also thank my foot-soldiers for giving their time to help me distribute leaflets, a daunting task in early March

Congratulations to the three other elected councillors in the Galashiels and District area, whom I am looking forward to working with, and commiserations to the candidates who were unsuccessful this time.

We will face many challenges during the next five years with regard to maintaining services at a time when budgets will be squeezed and difficult decisions will have to be made. However I believe we are up for the challenges that lie ahead.

I am looking forward to representing the people of Galashiels and district and hope to meet and help as many as I can during my term of office.

Once again many thanks to everyone for their support

Bill White

Melrose Road, Galashiels