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Letter: Will we be forced to limit number of people retiring to the Island?

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A quarter of the Island's population are over the age of 65, compared to an average of 16.6% in England. It could result in the health and social care system facing a funding shortfall of £52 million by 2020. This reader ponders on how the problem can be fixed.

Tuesday, 14th June, 2016 8:35am

By Martin Young with 50 readers' comments

Letter: EU referendum – what’s in it for the Isle of Wight?

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Darcy is keen to know whether readers believe the Isle of Wight will be better off if the UK is In or Out of the EU.

Tuesday, 24th May, 2016 5:58pm

By Darcy with 94 readers' comments

Letter: Lack of loos by beach is shameful

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This reader was horrified to find the loos at St Helens beach closed on what was the hottest weekend of the year on the Isle of Wight so far this year.

Monday, 9th May, 2016 9:37am

By J James with 51 readers' comments

Letter: Amey HQ ‘inundated’ with calls from frustrated Islanders (including me)

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The story recounted by this loyal OnTheWight reader about the changes in waste services is one that is probably shared by many. It includes bins (or lack of), gull-proof sacks, countless phone calls and a visit to County Hall.

Friday, 6th May, 2016 4:21pm

By Philippe Wines with 60 readers' comments

Letter: Disgust at IW MP after vote to turn away 3,000 vulnerable refugee children

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Vix Lowthion, the leader of the Isle of Wight Green Party expresses her disgust after 294 MPs, including Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner, voted to turn away 3,000 vulnerable refugee children who have travelled to Europe.

Tuesday, 26th April, 2016 10:15am

By Vix Lowthion with 40 readers' comments

Letter: Jeremy Hunt must stop bullying our Junior Doctors

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The Green Party MEP for the South East, Keith Taylor, accuses Jeremy Hunt of smearing an already strained workforce, adding that the government is "playing with fire with its bullying and disrespectful attitude towards our junior doctors".

Monday, 25th April, 2016 6:53am

By Keith Taylor with 11 readers' comments

Letter: Here’s why many East Cowes residents were against the Red Funnel plans

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Sharon Lake sets out in clear and concise terms why many East Cowes residents and businesses were against the Red Funnel plans to expand their terminal.

Friday, 22nd April, 2016 6:56pm

By Sharon Lake with 12 readers' comments

Letter: Red Funnel have the opportunity to create something exceptional

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Steven Goodman believes that following the rejection of Red Funnel's planning application to expand their terminal in East Cowes, they now have the opportunity to create something exceptional.

Friday, 22nd April, 2016 8:37am

By Steven Goodman with 5 readers' comments

Letter: Call for Red Funnel to take part in ‘meaningful debate’

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Cllr Hillard's open letter to Red Funnel CEO invites him to return to the table for meaningful dialogue with the community and take the opportunity to redesign plans so that they can deliver true regeneration in East Cowes.

Wednesday, 13th April, 2016 5:47pm

By Luisa Hillard with 55 readers' comments

Letter: Do planning officers read the council’s own reports? (Red Funnel’s redevelopment)

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Martin Young says he's dug out the council's own paperwork that shows highly, skilled Marine jobs will be exchanged for low pay Tourism and Retail jobs, if the Red Funnel proposal to change East Cowes goes ahead.

Tuesday, 12th April, 2016 7:50am

By Martin Young with 5 readers' comments

Letter: Here’s a top tip for reducing council tax for soon-to-be-hit disabled

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Are you disabled, or know someone who is? This little-known tip could help you offset upcoming council tax rises targeted at the disabled.

Thursday, 7th April, 2016 10:19am

By C Wallis with 5 readers' comments

Letter: Young votes could decide EU referendum says Green MEP

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The Green MEP for the South East believes young voters could hold the key to maintaining Britain’s membership of the European Union.

Wednesday, 6th April, 2016 2:54pm

By Keith Taylor with 107 readers' comments