Isle of Wight debate: Are current planning policies bad for the Island?

Blueprints

An expert panel of speakers will debate the challenges and opportunities facing Island farmers and landowners later this month.

Thursday, 3rd January, 2019 5:09pm

By Michael Sims with one comment

Post Brexit immigration rules will jeopardise rural businesses, says CLA President

isle of wight farm

The CLA say imposing an arbitrary minimum salary threshold puts at risk a variety of jobs across the agri-food sector, including some which require specialist skills.

Friday, 21st December, 2018 8:38am

By Michael Sims with 2 readers' comments

Fix 4G before focusing on 5G, says new Isle of Wight CLA Chair in pre-Brexit address

Laurence Taylor IOW

The Isle of Wight Chair of the CLA says the Government's talk of 5G rollout is "ludicrous when vast areas are still struggling with 4G". He talks more about that, and other issues facing farmers and land owners pre-Brexit.

Wednesday, 19th December, 2018 9:45am

By Michael Sims

Top tips to deter rural criminals on the Isle of Wight at Christmas

christmas tree through a window

With dark nights upon us, rural areas can provide rich pickings for criminals – so the CLA is issuing some top tips to help protect homes and property.

Wednesday, 12th December, 2018 8:53am

By Michael Sims

Third of farmers plan to use less of their land for agriculture, reveals CLA

countryside

An exclusive CLA poll shows on the day of huge industry conference reveals that a third of farmers plan to use less of their land for agriculture.

Thursday, 29th November, 2018 8:24am

By Michael Sims

New fines for people who pass waste onto rogue ‘man and van’ for disposal

flytipping in countryside

CLA welcomes new government measures to tackle fly-tipping, but argues they are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ in the fight against waste crimes.

Wednesday, 28th November, 2018 8:46am

By Michael Sims with 2 readers' comments

New Isle of Wight CLA Chairman says rural world facing ‘greatest period of uncertainty for a generation’

Laurence Taylor IOW

New opportunities, as well as challenges await rural businesses who are facing great uncertainty says the new chairman of the Isle of Wight branch of the CLA.

Tuesday, 13th November, 2018 1:46pm

By Michael Sims with one comment

Long-term funding commitment essential to farming and the environment CLA tell MPs

European flag in flowers

MPs were told this week that farmers need certainty on funding beyond the Government’s existing commitment to 2022 in order to have the confidence to adapt their businesses post-Brexit.

Friday, 26th October, 2018 10:26am

By Michael Sims with one comment

Farmers call for urgent clarity on post-Brexit funding, says CLA

isle of wight farm

The Agriculture Bill will have it second reading in Parliament next week. Farmers and landowner are calling for urgent clarity on post 2022 funding plans.

Thursday, 4th October, 2018 4:22pm

By Michael Sims with 2 readers' comments

CLA and Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society celebrate rural life on the Isle of Wight

Cowes Primary School

The new awards showcase the success of rural industries on the Island, and the awards for schools and young people demonstrate the very positive future of rural life on the Isle of Wight.

Wednesday, 11th July, 2018 9:43am

By Michael Sims with 2 readers' comments

Plea to use landscapes responsibly and not commit ‘countryside crimes’

The CLA make this call for visitors to the countryside to adhere to the spirit of the Countryside Code this summer.

Monday, 25th June, 2018 10:46am

By Michael Sims with one comment

Crackdown on organised crime vital to tackling Isle of Wight fly-tipping, says CLA

flytipping sofa in field

The CLA say fly-tipping is not a victimless crime and that the Government, local authority and Environment Agency must work together with farmers and landowners to help reduce fly-tipping on private rural land.

Friday, 15th June, 2018 10:11am

By Michael Sims with one comment