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.

Plans to convert former Radar Station into holiday lets attracting opposition

Radar Station Bunker

Plans could see the bunker, an important part of Ventnor history (and more recently known as an all night party destination) be converted into holiday accommodation.

Tuesday, 30th September, 2014 8:02am

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Newly resurfaced path attracts 20,000 visits in last three months

Wroxall to Shanklin path - official opening :

Nearly 20,000 trips have been recorded on a newly resurfaced shared-use path between Shanklin and Wroxall in the last three months.

Monday, 29th September, 2014 4:12pm

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Executive to consider changes to disability related expenditure

Executive to consider changes to disability related expenditure

The Isle of Wight Council’s Executive is to consider proposals to change how it treats additional expenses related to disability, when it meets next week (Tuesday 7 October).

Monday, 29th September, 2014 2:00pm

By IW Council Press Office with 13 readers' comments

Floating Bridge consultation labelled ‘completely biased’ by residents

Unfair Tax to Walk banner :

Those opposed to the proposal to charge foot passengers on the floating bridge say the council's new consultation is flawed and 'completely biased'.

Thursday, 25th September, 2014 1:16pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Letter: If Cons gain power at IWC and control cuts ‘the Island would never recover’

Dog's breakfast :

IW Labour candidate Stewart Blackmore, is fearful that if the Island Independents don't stay together and the Conservatives come to control the IW council again, cuts to Island services "would be unimaginable and the Island would never recover."

Wednesday, 24th September, 2014 12:44pm

By Stewart Blackmore with 65 readers' comments

Effective action being taken to improve school


Encouraging signals from Ofsted following the Section 5 inspection in June.

Wednesday, 24th September, 2014 10:37am

By Sally Perry

How can we ‘continue to fail our children?’ asks Professor Sir Michael Marmot

Primary school children :

A report out today reveals that 51.7% of children across the country are not developed enough for school by the age of five. Professor Sir Michael Marmot questions how we can continue to fail our children.

Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014 2:49pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Spending decision for Undercliff and Totland Seawall ‘called-in’

Sign showing footpath closed due to Totland landslip

Whether the call-in will delay work going on behind the scenes to prepare reports due to go to the October Executive for both Undercliff Drive and Totland Seawall is not yet known. We've asked and are awaiting a response.

Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014 1:03pm

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments

Will the Nodehill site be given away for free?

IIT VI Form Campus

The site has been occupied since September 2011, so you'd imagine that a lease between the council and the Trust would have been signed by now. OnTheWight investigates.

Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014 10:28am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

‘No one should have to go through what my Mum did, before she died’

Barbara Cooke -

Had Simon Cooke not reported the death of his mother to the Coroner, they would not have known about it or the safeguarding issues that have arisen because of it. He hopes the council will heed the recommendations of the Coroner to avoid the same thing being repeated elsewhere.

Monday, 22nd September, 2014 5:58pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Work begins on new pumping system at Ryde Canoe Lake

Ryde Canoe Lake:

The Isle of Wight Council has begun work on a scheme designed to reduce the risk of Ryde Canoe Lake overflowing in future, protecting nearby properties and businesses and the wildlife on the lake.

Monday, 22nd September, 2014 4:20pm

By IW Council Press Office

Misunderstanding by Conservative councillors over funding for beach cleaning sparks row

Ryde beach

The Conservatives claim all beach cleaning must be paid for by the council as a statutory duty. OnTheWight has confirmation from the council this is not the full picture.

Monday, 22nd September, 2014 1:56pm

By Sally Perry with 69 readers' comments