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Friday, 24 March 2017 11:37

Dark Sky Event 30th March 2017

Why not come along to this event and help get our Island accredited as a Dark Sky Community.

Thursday, 30 June 2016 09:53

CPRE Membership Survey

In October 2015, CPRE’s members were profiled to see if they lived in a rural or urban environment.  The survey shows that in a snapshot of time (October 2015) CPRE’s membership is split as 54% rural and 46% urban.

Thursday, 30 June 2016 09:08

Jo Mitchell Award 2016

CPRE-IW's nominated premises won the Jo Mitchell Award at the IW Society and RIBA-IW awards evening held in Royal Yacht Squadron  pavilion, May 20th, 2016.

CPRE-IW had nominated the restoration of the Carisbrooke Dairy for recognition by IW Society, The owners, Luisa and David Killpack, were delighted to win this accolade for their extensive landscaping programme complimenting the restored buildings.  We would like to add our own congratulations to this worthy outcome.


Thursday, 12 May 2016 09:15

Planning - Challenges and Opportunities

At our 2016 AGM, south-east regional chair Richard Knox-Johnston gave a useful overview of planning issues in the UK.

Friday, 06 May 2016 15:51

Green Belt Threat

This week Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) published a report Green Belt Under Siege

Friday, 06 May 2016 15:31

Westridge Farm

IW Council has now allowed the scheme.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 13:54

CPRE Isle of Wight Branch

Branch information and trustees -- coming soon

Already a member of CPRE Isle of Wight ? See the Members Handbook

Thursday, 30 July 2015 08:11

Yaverland litter pick

Another successful litter pick today

Our Overall Award went to a small convenience store situated on the crossroads at Apse Heath.  The premises received an external makeover not long ago and it was pleasing to note the careful attention paid to the shop front external lighting. 

We were delighted to give our Overall Winner 2015 Award to Raj’s Premier.  Located within an intrinsically dark region of countryside, it is crucial to avoid adding to light pollution of the night skies.

Mr Rajnikant Patel received not only a framed certificate but also a handsome engraved glass trophy to mark the occasion.  The trophy was commissioned from Sculptured Glass Studio at Arreton Barns - a location not easily accessed thanks to the main road through the village being reconstructed by a well-known Island company.

Pictured are Mr and Mrs Patel receiving their Overall Awards from the High Sheriff. Mr Patel nominated the Hampshire and IW Air Ambulance service as the recipient of the CPRE cheque for charity given as part of the Overall Award.

At the recent CPRE AGM held at Nunwell House the annual Good Lighting Awards were presented, with thanks to the IW High Sheriff.  CPRE’s annual Good Lighting Award scheme reviewed examples of sky-friendly external illumination and the best were given awards.

The biggest change currently taking place all over the Island is the programme of replacing the old orange sodium vapour street lamps along the roads and highways with the now familiar LED types.  Some Island residents complain that these newcomers are not as good as the Old ‘Uns, but whenever anything changes in this part of the world, people will seize the chance to have a good moan about it!) But looking at it seriously, the old lamps gave all a weird orange glow whereas these LED upstarts show us in our true colours.  What could be nicer than that?

This award goes to an organisation whose dedication and efficiency in changing the complex system that is street lighting across the Island is to be congratulated. 

For a few years Islanders have become familiar with the flat plate style of LED lamps on our streets and roadways but the latest installations are different.  Examples may be spotted in Regent Street in Shanklin; along Union Street in Ryde;  around Brighstone Village, and in various locations in Newport, etc.  These are from the Heritage range and are designed to merge into a conservation street environment while providing a high standard of illumination of pavements and roadways without any blinding upward glare.

So, Island Roads gained our thanks for a job well done.  Pictured is Ms Alex Tunnicliffe being presented with an Award by the High Sheriff

There are still pockets of the orange ones remaining but hopefully even these will eventually disappear.  Now, if only the HM Prison lighting at Parkhurst could be upgraded, we might be able once more to see the Milky Way over Newport...


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