A last-minute bid by the Conservative group to secure a majority on Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council has been dismissed.
Election results at the beginning of the month left it three seats short of a majority.
On Thursday its leader Bob Lawton made pledges to win the support of the eight independents in Christchurch, most of whom were suspended by the Conservative Party for their opposition to the merger with Bournemouth and Poole, its proposals for a seven-year period to level council tax, and the planning committee structure.
Mr Lawton said: "We saw the political landscape change considerably as a result of the local elections which has given us the opportunity to speak to colleagues from across all parties as we look to build a new future together."
However, Christchurch independent Margaret Phipps said it was too "late in the day" and said they would continue in their talks to form a coalition with non-Conservative groups.
"Christchurch residents made their views very clear over a long time and they ignored them," she said.