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.

Fire service advise residents to check their smoke alarms

Smoke alarm

On Sunday 26 October, the clocks go back one hour and the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is asking all homeowners to remember to take just a few minutes to check your smoke alarms while changing their clocks.

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 12:36pm

By IW Council Press Office

Anti-Bullying Conference for Young People taking place for first time this week

Anti-bullying messages:

A major event focussing on anti-bullying is being held in Newport this week, bringing together a number of schools and agencies.

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 11:02am

By Sally Perry

Don’t forget to get secondary school admission forms posted


The deadline for parents and guardians to submit an on-time application for children starting secondary school in September 2015 is fast approaching.

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 10:45am

By IW Council Press Office with 2 readers' comments

Bids open for youth money in Sandown

Teenagers pumps:

A lack of acceptable bids for youth provision in Sandown means there is now a chance to have a slice of £15,500 grant funding.

Monday, 20th October, 2014 3:38pm

By IW Council Press Office

Extra charges to council highlighted by protesters

Floating bridge protest by Allan Marsh

Protesters sought to spread the news that introducing foot passenger fares on the floating bridge might actually lose the council money - rather than bring additional income - if pensioners chose to take the bus round instead. They say each journey would cost the council £13.16.

Monday, 20th October, 2014 10:12am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Riverside Centre transferred to trustees

Riverside IWC comm asset transfer

During the last administration at Isle of Wight council officers instigated moves to try and take the Riverside Centre away from its current use. Today it's been transferred back to the Trust.

Friday, 17th October, 2014 3:50pm

By IW Council Press Office with 11 readers' comments

Live music to return to the Crab and Lobster

Crab and Lobster Tap

Following a recent licence review due to complaints about ongoing noise problems, changes are going to be made and live music will return to the Crab & Lobster Tap in Ventnor.

Friday, 17th October, 2014 3:33pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Cllr Julia Baker-Smith voted as chair of the planning committee


The vote was incredibly close with Independent councillor, Julia Baker Smith, winning by just one vote.

Friday, 17th October, 2014 11:49am

By Sally Perry with 85 readers' comments

If you’re against pedestrian fares on the floating bridge you can march with others this Saturday

Floating Bridge protesters leaving Bridge by Allan Marsh

Islanders are urged to join others on the march on Saturday from Cowes to East Cowes in protest of the proposal to introduce foot passenger fares on the Floating Bridge.

Thursday, 16th October, 2014 4:36pm

By Marcie Hansen with 10 readers' comments

These are the six councillors that didn’t support giving council staff a Living Wage

Council chamber october full council:

Although the majority of councillors voted in favour of all council staff being paid at least a Living Wage, six chose to abstain from the vote. Find out whether it was yours.

Thursday, 16th October, 2014 3:57pm

By Sally Perry with 17 readers' comments

Appeal to those who’ve suffered a fire in the home to share their experience

House fire

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service has linked up with eight other fire services and the University of Greenwich to find out how people behave when encountering a fire at home.

Thursday, 16th October, 2014 11:27am

By IW Council Press Office

Police powers to confiscate alcohol from trouble-makers extended

Beer can:

Areas in two towns on the Isle of Wight, where police can confiscate alcohol from people if they are causing anti social behaviour, are now in force.

Thursday, 16th October, 2014 11:17am

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments