News from the West

If you’re interested in news from around the West of the Island, this is the place to find it. If you’ve got a story lead, or have news from your part of the Island that you’d like us to share with our readers, get in touch.

100m barrels of oil under Isle of Wight, ‘Drill ready’ claims company

Barrels of oil

The company with the rights to extract oil from Isle of Wight sites have today announced they think that there's over 100 million barrels available - and it's 'drill ready'.

Wednesday, 25th March, 2015 5:37pm

By Simon Perry with 16 readers' comments

Excellent effort from Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club riders

Motorcyling at Lucketts farm :

The Club held the fifth round of the 2015 Winter Championship today at Apes Down, near Calbourne.

Wednesday, 25th March, 2015 4:12pm

By Wayne Brodie

Compton Bay named as one of the world’s best beaches

Compton Beach

Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight has been named as one of the world’s top beaches by the Sunday Times Travel Magazine.

Thursday, 19th March, 2015 4:00pm

By Sue Emmerson with 3 readers' comments

Shaw Taylor’s passing: Tribute from IW Labour Party

Shaw Taylor

Shaw Taylor was a much-loved character, well known on the Isle of Wight, where he chose to live . The IW Labour Party says he was a keen supporter of the party in their tribute.

Thursday, 19th March, 2015 12:11pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Parking at Appley, Puckpool and Totland Broadway now in force – from 8AM

Parking meter expired

Following a decision by councillors last summer, charging at previously free car parks has now come into force.

Wednesday, 18th March, 2015 10:11am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Be part of this Isle of Wight public art crowd funding project

Mirror Birds

We love this crowd-funding idea from Isle of Wight artist Karen Grainger. From as little as £5 you can help make it happen.

Thursday, 12th March, 2015 8:31am

By Sally Perry

Advance warning of road closure for annual bridge maintenance

yar bridge:

The road closure will be in place for close to two days during the annual bridge maintenance.

Friday, 6th March, 2015 4:13pm

By Sally Perry

‘Criminal activity’ against Click4Internet claimed

Police lights

Click4Internet has just claimed they have been subject to 'criminal activity' following a prolonged service outage. WightFibre claimed similar yesterday.

Friday, 6th March, 2015 2:11pm

By Simon Perry with 11 readers' comments

Primary school placed in Special Measures

Magnifying glass

Although the new headteacher is considered passionate and hardworking in her efforts to improve the academy, the former 'Good' school has been rated as Inadequate by Ofsted and placed in Special Measures.

Friday, 6th March, 2015 8:45am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Do you know anything about beach hut break-in?

Beach huts at Colwell

Did you happen to see someone trying to break into a beach hut in Colwell Bay last week? If so, the police are keen to hear from you.

Monday, 2nd March, 2015 3:39pm

By Sally Perry

‘No dogs on beach’ signage erected in error to be corrected

No dogs on colwell beach sign

An OnTheWight reader noticed that new ‘No dogs’ signage at Colwell Bay was on the wrong beach. He brought it to us and we're glad to say it will be rectified later this week. If you spot mistakes elsewhere on the Island let us know and we’ll try to help it get fixed.

Tuesday, 24th February, 2015 2:10pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Woman trapped in Police Car: Cutting gear on site

Police Tape

Roof of the police car might need to be removed.

Monday, 23rd February, 2015 10:13am

By Simon Perry