THERE comes a time when all bickering has to stop and we all have to pull together — to Fight for the Wight.
With public services taking a terrible battering on the Isle of Wight, now is just such a time.
Libraries, public toilets, council tax benefit and hundreds of jobs have been cut as the Isle of Wight Council teeters on the edge of bankruptcy.
The County Press is teaming up with the Isle of Wight Council to launch a petition to government, calling on it to look again at the way the Isle of Wight is funded.
Minister Greg Clark has pledged to visit the Island in the coming months, having been asked to do so by MP Andrew Turner.
Now we want to give those in power the strongest possible message about how Islanders feel about the way we are treated.
We may not qualify for a rural grant, but surely those at Westminster have to see how deprived the Island is compared to its south east neighbours.
The campaign is called Fight For The Wight — Six Months To Save The Island.
The next six months are crucial because that is the run-up to Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's Autumn Statement, which will shape funding for the vital next financial year.
This petition asks the government to:
• Acknowledge the Island is a unique case and needs extra help.
• Agree to change the way the Island is funded, in recognition of the unique challenges and costs we face as an Island community.
• To give us more money.
Click below to find out more and join the fight