Due to popular demand, an election hustings debate has been organised in Shanklin for the Central and South wards.
The event is planned for Tuesday 23rd April (6pm–8pm) at Shanklin Theatre and has been organised by interested local residents.
They say their particular concern is eco-issues in Shanklin and on the Island, but other matters may well arise during the debate.
We’re waiting to hear which candidates have accepted the invitation and will let you know once we hear back.
We hear from organisers that Jon Gilbey and Richard Priest have confirmed their attendance, but David Pugh and David Williams have declined to take part.
We got in touch with Cllr Pugh to find out why he wouldn’t be taking part. He replied, “I will out speaking to residents, not waiting for them to come to us in a meeting!”
Cllr Pugh may not have considered that whilst he’s out knocking on doors, many residents may be seated in Shanklin Theatre waiting to pose questions to him at the hustings.