Isle of Wight News

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Local community comes together and saves Ryde Arena Ice Rink saved from closure

Saved our rink

Congratulations are in order for all those who worked so hard to save the venue from closure. Well done to you all.

Sunday, 19th April, 2015 9:07am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Investigation into the supply of drugs continues

Police tape

A drugs raid took place this morning in Cowes following community-led intelligence.

Friday, 17th April, 2015 3:39pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight JSA claimant numbers released

Job Centre sign:

Latest figures are out for those claiming Job Seekers Allowance on the Isle of Wight

Friday, 17th April, 2015 3:32pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Unable to make voice calls? Some people can contact 999 by SMS text

999 by text

Although launched in 2009 the vast majority of people don’t realise they can contact 999 from their mobile using the text service.

Friday, 17th April, 2015 11:00am

By Andy Hollebon

Have you shared your views on future of A-Level provision?

School desks by booleansplit

The deadline for young people aged 11 to 18 to take part in a survey about A-Level study is nearing.

Friday, 17th April, 2015 9:17am

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

College removed from Special Measures

Facebook Like Cards:

Great news for staff, pupils and parents as Ofsted inspectors announce the College has moved out of Special Measures. Well done to all who have worked hard to achieve this.

Friday, 17th April, 2015 8:00am

By Joe Finch with 6 readers' comments

Round the Island walkers rescued by emergency services

Coastguard van:

Three emergency services, including Cowes RNLI, went to the aid of two middle aged men who vainly tried to climb a cliff as part of their ambitious plan to walk round the Isle of Wight.

Friday, 17th April, 2015 7:06am

By George Chastney with 3 readers' comments

Undercliff Drive: An update on renewing access to the area

New Undercliff hoardings - 9 June 2014

Fourteen months since Undercliff Drive suffered a significant landslip, OnTheWight has been talking to those closest to the situation to find out where progress is, including when the public and residents will be able to gain access again.

Thursday, 16th April, 2015 8:13pm

By Sally Perry with 14 readers' comments

97 per cent of IW parents allocated first choice primary school

School classroom :

From today (Thursday) parents on the Isle of Wight will find out if their children have secured a place at one of their chosen primary schools for the next academic year.

Thursday, 16th April, 2015 3:24pm

By IW Council Press Office

‘Significant improvements’ at pre-school say Ofsted


The leadership at the pre-school have shown significant improvement since the last inspection.

Thursday, 16th April, 2015 9:54am

By Sally Perry

Planning inspectorate rejects Atherfield Bay holiday park appeal

Atherfield Bay

The Planning Inspectorate has upheld an appeal by the developers after plans plans for a holiday park at Atherfield Bay were rejected by the Isle of Wight council.

Wednesday, 15th April, 2015 3:24pm

By Cllr Bob Seely with 16 readers' comments

Change in law to force smoke alarms in rental accommodation

Fire fighters:

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are welcoming a proposed change in the law that will require private landlords to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties.

Wednesday, 15th April, 2015 2:48pm

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments