UKOG rebuff claims oil exploration will impact Isle of Wight Biosphere

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With over 1,000 letters of objection and many citing harmful impact on the Isle of Wight's UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status, the applicant has rebuffed the claims

Thursday, 20th August, 2020 5:43pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 13 readers' comments

Environment Agency and Isle of Wight AONB: No objection to oil drilling application (updated)

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Environment Agency and AONB planning officer have submitted their comments on the application for an exploratory oil well pad on the Isle of Wight

Wednesday, 29th July, 2020 10:24am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Isle of Wight anti oil-drilling campaigners gain national support

zoom meeting of dont drill the wight

Anti-oil drilling campaigners on the Isle of Wight received national support during an online meeting last night, with advice and encouragement from successful challenges against fossil fuel exploration in the North of England

Wednesday, 22nd July, 2020 10:56am

By Vix Lowthion with 24 readers' comments

Parish council set out a range of objections to UKOG’s oil drilling plans in Arreton (updated)

Arreton PC Censored

Concerns about what would happen if UKOG do find oil; discrepancies in planning documents; issues with water; traffic and dangerous roads were all raised at the parish council meeting

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 8:29am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Oil drilling consultation during pandemic is ‘an attack on our very democracy’ says councillor

Don't Drill the Wight banner in entrance to Arreton

Campaigners say the entire process is being left to virtual meetings and social media - "and yet will determine the future of acres of countryside at the heart of the Isle of Wight for twenty years or more"

Friday, 3rd July, 2020 8:51am

By Don’t Drill the Wight with 5 readers' comments

UKOG planning application in Surrey rejected by council: Shares nose-dive within minutes

ukog share price dive

At the Surrey County Council planning meeting today (Monday), the application was rejected six votes to five and UKOG's share price dived within minutes.

Monday, 29th June, 2020 5:51pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Don’t Drill the Wight Campaign launches with Islanders urged to have their say

Don't Drill The Wight campaign launch

The Don't Drill the Wight campaign was launched on Saturday to an audience of around 50 people in Merstone

Monday, 29th June, 2020 3:12pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 6 readers' comments

Isle of Wight councillors call for postponement of UKOG oil planning application

Site of the UKOG exploration plans

The application for an exploratory well pad is currently under public consultation, but inconsistencies and discrepancies in the way the application has been advertised have been raised

Saturday, 27th June, 2020 8:52am

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Lottery grant to help fund Merstone Station makeover

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Local woodcarvers and heritage experts will all be involved, as they work to bring the site at Merstone's former station back to life.

Thursday, 21st February, 2019 4:08pm

By Vanessa Langley

Merstone Lane closed for emergency water main repair

road ahead closed

Traffic is being diverted whilst emergency water main repairs take place.

Tuesday, 2nd January, 2018 10:45am

By Sally Perry

Emergency water main repairs close road

Road works sign

If you were planning to drive on Bury Lane in Merstone, you'll have to follow the diversion during emergency water main repair work.

Tuesday, 22nd December, 2015 9:35am

By Sally Perry

Arreton residents carry out Housing Needs Survey ahead of planning hearing

Build for need posters:

Following criticism from the planning committee of the parish council having not carried out a housing needs survey, residents are doing it themselves ahead of the Inspectorate's appeal hearing.

Monday, 30th June, 2014 11:41am

By Sally Perry with 20 readers' comments