AS THE newly elected Independent councillor for the Pontypool Ward, may I take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported me throughout my campaign, entrusting me with the responsibility of representing the residents at Torfaen council.

I am fully committed to the challenges ahead and will work tirelessly over the next five years to improve the Pontypool community, town centre and park.

I very much look forward to working closely with residents, local business owners and council staff in striving towards putting the pride back into Pontypool.

Mike Harris, Heol Bueno, New Inn, Pontypool