Isle of Wight News

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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 14 readers' comments

‘Inadequate’ rating for care home continues

Elderly woman

Three months after an inspection which rated the nursing home 'Inadequate' the CQC found the provider had made improvements. However, people’s safety was still compromised in several areas.

Monday, 29th June, 2015 4:07pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Primary school ‘requires improvement’ says Ofsted


Although the overall rating from Ofsted is 'Requires Improvement', many strengths of the school's provision have been highlighted in the report.

Monday, 29th June, 2015 10:20am

By Sally Perry

Busy weekend for Cowes RNLI crew

Cowes rnli drifting dinghy

The crew at Cowes RNLI were kept busy over the weekend, but with shouts unrelated to Round the Island Race.

Monday, 29th June, 2015 8:31am

By George Chastney with one comment

Man tried to ‘sail’ to the Isle of Wight on this raft: ‘Lucky to be alive’

RNLI Mudeford raft rescued - June 2015

Using a parasol as a sail, after tying a handful of items together - including a door - with washing line to make a raft, man risks his life in attempted journey to Alum Bay from the Mainland.

Sunday, 28th June, 2015 4:01pm

By Simon Perry with 16 readers' comments

‘Major fault’ with propellor leads to hover service suspension (Update 3)

Hovertravel terminal

After what Hovertravel describe as 'a major fault' with a propeller, the entire service is suspended until at least 18.15 today (Sunday) whilst the situation is fully-assessed. An update is expected at 5pm.

Sunday, 28th June, 2015 10:04am

By Sally Perry

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 19 readers' comments

New CCTV appeal for missing holidaymaker from Wales

Michael Davies - missing man from wales

The family are devastated at the disappearance of 71-year-old Michael Davies from Blaina in Wales. He's been missing one month today, so new CCTV footage is released. Our thoughts are with Mr Davies' family at this difficult time.

Friday, 26th June, 2015 3:51pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Missing Bristol man may be on the Isle of Wight

Mark Jefferies mising man

Police issue appeal to find missing Bristol man, Mark Jefferies, who it's thought may have travelled to the Isle of Wight.

Friday, 26th June, 2015 2:56pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

How to be part of national project to capture ‘Sounds of our Shores’

blue and green seas ventnor

Help put the Isle of Wight on the audio map by capturing the sounds of our shores and adding to the national project being run by the National Trust and British Library.

Friday, 26th June, 2015 11:37am

By Sally Perry

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 13 readers' comments

Work on Totland Sea Wall to start imminently (updated)

Totland 'sea defences' Nov 2013 - Isle of Wight council

Residents campaigning for Totland Sea Wall to be reopened have been informed that work could start as early as next week to repair the damage from the Totland Landslide.

Friday, 26th June, 2015 9:12am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments