Anti-fracking demonstrators have taken to County Hall in Newport this afternoon (Wednesday).

Organisers say they raising awareness of what they are calling a “real likelihood” of fracking coming to the Isle of Wight, and the Government’s proposed changes to planning.

It comes ahead of a meeting of the Full Council, during which Councillor Barry Abraham will ask councillors to agree to a draft response to the Government, stating that the Isle of Wight Council wishes to raise objections to the proposals and would wish to retain the ability for the Minerals Planning Authority to determine proposals for shale gas exploration.

Councillor Barry Abraham also notes that the proposals only relate to conventional drilling for shale gas and do not relate to fracking.

You can read the full motion here.