The County Press has a proud record of remaining impartial in most things. However, having reported over the past few years on the massive impact government funding cuts were having on our public services, we felt we could no longer stand on the sidelines.

So, we went to the IW Council with the idea of launching a petition to get Islanders to show how much they care about the place they live. The council were pleased to work with us on this and so we have launched the Fight For The Wight campaign.

Over the coming months we will do our best to bring the petition to the notice of everybody on the Isle of Wight, hoping that at many as possible will sign up to protect all that we hold dear.

The County Press has been reporting on Island issues for more than 130 years and is a locally owned independent paper and website.