Isle of Wight Council

Learn what’s really happening at the Isle of Wight Council at OnTheWight, reported by this award-winning team behind the Isle of Wight news service. Coverage includes the council’s delegated decisions, planning applications, changes in policy and press releases.

Letter: Why, as a teacher, I may be forced to leave the Island I love

Ferry wash :

Ahead of this week's council meeting, where the future of education on the Isle of Wight will be decided, the Head of Humanities at Carisbrooke College explains why he feels he and his family may have to the leave the Island they all love.

Sunday, 5th July, 2015 11:47am

By Phil Jones with 24 readers' comments

Council doesn’t have full facts to make decision on school closure says Trust

County Hall:

The Chairs of the Island Innovation Trust and IIT Governing Body share an open letter to all councillors in advance of next week's debate on the future of schools. They argue the councillors will not be in possession of all the facts needed to make an informed decision on closure of Carisbrooke College.

Friday, 3rd July, 2015 10:22am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Sandown beach to get RNLI Lifeguards

RNLI Lifeguard by letsgoout-bournemouthandpoole

Sandown Town council has arranged for RNLI Lifeguards to provide safety cover for the town's beach this summer - a first for the RNLI on the Isle of Wight.

Thursday, 2nd July, 2015 7:13pm

By Simon Perry

School Trust questions why council proposal ‘ignores the views of the people of the Isle of Wight’

Carisbrooke College

The Trust say they're disappointed the recommendation to the Council Executive to close Carisbrooke College ignores the views of the people of the Isle of Wight. Parents are fuming and planning direct action.

Thursday, 2nd July, 2015 2:57pm

By Sally Perry with 46 readers' comments

Have your say on council plans to reduce staff at Freshwater Library

Freshwater Library with blossom

Friends of Freshwater Library urge their library goers to take part in the upcoming consultation on council plans to reduce staff to one and rely on the community to keep the library running.

Thursday, 2nd July, 2015 9:06am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Have you noticed those new black cables across the road? Here’s what we’ve found out

Traffic monitor cables with car driving over it - 632px

Have you spotted those pairs of black lines that have appeared across some of the roads on the Isle of Wight? You're not alone. OnTheWight's been finding out what they'll all about.

Wednesday, 1st July, 2015 7:06pm

By Simon Perry with 33 readers' comments

Hampshire officers recommend closure of Carisbrooke College

Carisbrooke College photo from their Website

Officers recommend a merger of Carisbrooke and Medina Colleges on the Medina College site. Approval is also sought for a consultation on the closure to commence in the autumn with a view to closure by 2017.

Tuesday, 30th June, 2015 9:07pm

By Sally Perry with 17 readers' comments

Here’s what the council leader wrote to OnTheWight today … and our response

Finger wagging

Yesterday OnTheWight straight-reported a publicly available document about a proposed Hampshire-wide Combined Authority with a questioning headline. It looks like the Leader of the Isle of Wight council didn't like that. We wonder why all of this wasn't public to start with?

Tuesday, 30th June, 2015 3:02pm

By Simon Perry with 37 readers' comments

40p return fare for floating bridge in force from next month

20p pieces

Following a decision of the Full Council in February this year, the Isle of Wight Council will reintroduce the passenger charges for the use of the Cowes floating on Monday 20 July 2015.

Tuesday, 30th June, 2015 10:08am

By IW Council Press Office with 24 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council to be swallowed by a Hampshire-wide Combined Authority?

Whole of Hampshire and Isle of Wight

A recent letter to Government has been uncovered that Isle of Wight council is open to the idea of being brought into a Hampshire-wide Combined Authority. Would that be a good idea?

Monday, 29th June, 2015 7:01pm

By Simon Perry with 57 readers' comments

A big chunk of £1/2m council paid in error to bankrupt company won’t be coming back


The council say they're pursuing the £500,000+ that was 'paid in error', but fail to mention that a court ruled in April that at least £152,000 had been swallowed up and would not be recovered. Why?

Friday, 26th June, 2015 7:01pm

By Sally Perry with 20 readers' comments

Villagers will be isolated if bus route is cut say campaigners

Not in service bus:

Many young and elderly residents in Porchfield rely heavily on the number 35 bus. However, plans are afoot to scrap the service completely from September. 16 year old Jodie is fighting the plans and appeals for support.

Friday, 26th June, 2015 10:23am

By Sally Perry with 14 readers' comments