RESIDENTS go to the polls later this week to elect a third of Weymouth and Portland borough councillors.

People are urged to exercise their democratic right and make their voices heard by casting a vote.

Radipole, Westham West and Weymouth East will not be having elections this year.

Polling day is on Thursday, May 22 and residents can vote between 7am and 10pm.

The count, where the results will be announced, will start at 10am on Friday, May 23 at Weymouth Pavilion.

Elections come at a critical time for the council which is making continued savings in light of budget cuts, and trying to maintain a cross-Channel ferry link through discussions with Condor Ferries.

Councillors play a key role in the borough and are the voice of the community, representing local people.

They help shape future services for the benefit of local people by collectively carrying out policy making and contributing to the formation and scrutiny of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s policies, budget, and strategies.

By representing the views of local people as a community advocate, councillors ensure that local community interests are taken into account.

Elections for the European Parliament and for some wards on Purbeck District Council also take place on Thursday.

For a comprehensive rundown of election results see