Isle of Wight farmers could be among hardest hit by DEFRA plans

isle of wight farmland

Isle of Wight farmers could be left at the mercy of volatile world markets or become little more than country park keepers to earn Government money says Rural Property Specialist, James Attrill.

Tuesday, 6th March, 2018 3:50pm

By Maurice Hardy with one comment

Post Brexit farming subsidies only for those who do ‘public good’


After Brexit, new agricultural rules will be tailored with subsidies only given to farmers who do public good, as well as produce food.

Wednesday, 10th January, 2018 4:22pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 8 readers' comments

Impose public service obligation on ferry companies says IW CLA branch chairman

the solent

The first on the list of resolutions for the New Year is for the Isle of Wight Council or the Government to impose "some form of public service obligation on ferry companies or provide an alternative".

Friday, 22nd December, 2017 1:40pm

By Helen Symes with 5 readers' comments

Allow landowners to temporarily divert footpaths, say CLA

cows in field

Where there is a risk of harm to the public, dogs or livestock, landowners have called for a common-sense measure to allow them to divert footpaths on a temporary basis.

Friday, 17th November, 2017 6:54pm

By Helen Symes with 6 readers' comments

Rural heritage can be protected with co-operation of local authority, say CLA

old farm building

New guidance on the reuse, maintenance and repair of redundant farm buildings published by Historic England aims to help conserve the buildings through sustainable development.

Monday, 6th November, 2017 8:08am

By Helen Symes

Is cost of clearing excessive mud from roads part of PFI contract?

mud on road

According to the NFU and CLA, responsibility for excess mud on the carriageway from farmers and landowners is very clear. But will they be asked to cover the cost of clearance? OnTheWight finds out.

Monday, 16th October, 2017 11:50am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Tougher penalties needed for fly-tipping, says CLA

flytipping in countryside

The CLA says that private landowners are fed up of clearing away other people’s rubbish and paying for the privilege and call for tougher penalties on flytippers.

Tuesday, 5th September, 2017 8:11am

By Helen Symes with one comment

MP urges Isle of Wight businesses to apply for rural development grants


Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, says that “for an Island like ours, with large tourism and agricultural sectors, this funding could make a big difference". OnTheWight has details about how to apply.

Thursday, 31st August, 2017 4:50pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with one comment

Public backs call for continued investment in the countryside says CLA


Polling company YouGov surveyed more than 1,500 people for the CLA - which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses - to highlight public support for continued investment in the countryside post-Brexit.

Thursday, 3rd August, 2017 6:04pm

By Helen Symes

CLA welcomes new farm productivity and broadband grant schemes


For some, especially in farming, upgrading equipment and processes to drive efficiency, reduce costs and increase standards will be the key say the CLA.

Monday, 31st July, 2017 6:31pm

By Helen Symes with one comment

Landowners and planners could hold key to ending rural housing crisis


The CLA say nearly two thirds of rural landowners in South East would build new homes if they had more confidence in the attitudes and processes of local planning authorities.

Wednesday, 5th July, 2017 7:54am

By Helen Symes with 3 readers' comments

The working countryside should be ‘a vital national priority’ say CLA

Children and Cows

The Isle of Wight Show will be an important opportunity for the CLA to press home the countryside matters message and encourage the public to back the campaign

Tuesday, 20th June, 2017 3:57pm

By Helen Symes