DON’T DRILL THE WIGHT CAMPAIGN CALL ON COUNCILLOR HOPEFULS TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT

Don’t Drill The Wight is writing to all the declared candidates for the upcoming May council elections emphasising the urgent need to protect the environment and reduce our carbon footprint.

The elections this May provide a crucial opportunity for a change of mindset and priorities within our local government, say the campaign group.

Ahead of Islanders going to the polls on 6th May, Don’t Drill the Wight say climate change considerations must be at the heart of every department, every policy, every decision and every action that the council takes. The group also says that the number 1 thing on the Island’s environmental action list has to be to reject the application to drill for new sources of oil in Arreton.

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All candidates are being encouraged to engage on this topic and to recognise the strength of opposition from all sections of the Island community. You can view a copy of the letter to candidates.

A spokesperson has said:

“There are many areas in which the Island could really shine in developing sustainable green businesses, this has to be the way forward.

“We call on all those hoping to be our elected representatives to take this issue seriously and pledge to work tirelessly for a better Island environment”.

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Steven
Steven
2 months ago

This current council will take not 1 bit of notice

plod
plod
Reply to  Steven
2 months ago

They don`t really have to take any notice: In one constituency a candidate “elected”gained 390 votes but the majority(722) of voters chose other candidates. Candidates chosen by this quirky counting system therefore only need to act for a minority to get “re-elected”

Oldbutalive
Oldbutalive
Reply to  Steven
2 months ago

I agree with you on that.
When was the last time they acted on something that the public actually wanted?
Not easy to make any sort of list.

dot
dot
2 months ago

this council won’t let them drill for oil they want every green field to build houses on whether we need them or not

Barry Cuda
Barry Cuda
2 months ago

Why should we ruin this holiday and farming Island just to make greedy shareholders even richer?

This could be an environmental disaster for such a small place if oil leaks into the underground water supply.

This minnow company has little income and is run on a shoe string so will not be able to fund any massive expensive clean up operations.

Fat cat shareholders of UKOG have made more than enough already from others misery.

Stu
Stu
2 months ago

So no to drilling they say we must be green. So then they say no to wind turbines also no to wave power. So can anyone tell me what they Will be happy with as we don’t have a power tree that works every time you flick the switch.

Mr Sands
Mr Sands
Reply to  Stu
2 months ago

Should just go with Wind Turbines off Ventnor – Needles area where it hits 110mph at times… get Vestas to build them and service them and make the island a fully functional enviromentally powered area. Is it really that hard? I mean we can’t keep using fossil fuels forever so when are we going to move forward!!

Stu
Stu
Reply to  Mr Sands
1 month ago

Spot on but they don’t call this the jurrasic coast for nothing.

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