A REFERENDUM on fracking should be held on the Isle of Wight, according to UKIP.
It follows recent changes in legislation that opened up the whole of the Isle of Wight to potential shale gas extraction.
Isle of Wight Council executive member for planning Cllr Jonathan Bacon has previously said the authority was opposed to fracking and was reviewing its policies to ensure the Island had the greatest possible protection.
But in a statement issued today (Tuesday), UKIP argued that fracked oil could help lower prices and help the public purse.
It said one in five Islanders were living in fuel poverty, blaming EU energy policies and said the debate on fracking was far from concluded.
"UKIP’s Isle of Wight branch, its councillors and parliamentary candidate believe fracking should only be permitted after all the appropriate and necessary tests have been conducted, their results made available to the public and every residents’ concern given due attention.
"Once all these reports and views have been heard, we would then call for an Island-wide referendum on whether the Isle of Wight Council should support it."
• Isle of Wight student Naomi Voles is working on a masters disseration project on fracking and is looking for volunteers to contribute their views on the issue. She can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org