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Fight for the Wight featured by BBC

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 9:15

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THE Fight for the Wight campaign — calling for more funding for public services on the Island — has attracted national media attention.
Having already been featured in several media journals, the BBC’s flagship rural affairs programme Farming Today, on BBC Radio 4, picked up the story this week, featuring it on this morning’s show (Friday).
Presenter Sybil Ruscoe interviewed County Press editor Alan Marriott about the campaign and its efforts to persuade the government to recognise the unique challenges faced by the Isle of Wight and provide more funding.
"The Isle of Wight is famous for its glorious coastal countryside and nearly two thirds of the Island is farmland, but it doesn’t qualify for extra government grants designed to help rural areas and services are feeling the strain."
Alan said: "Wage levels are 20 per cent lower than they are in neighbouring areas in the South East, 42 per cent of Islanders cannot afford affordable housing so we really are struggling here."
Click here to listen to the full interview.

 


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