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.

Scrutiny Group recommend increase in floating bridge charges

Floating bridge protest at county hall

The Scrutiny Committee's Task and Finish Group have been looking into proposals to change charging on Cowes floating bridge. Next week they'll present their recommendations, which include some surprising jumps in charges.

Thursday, 30th October, 2014 11:35am

By Sally Perry with 28 readers' comments

Flash flooding blamed on Island Roads’ inaction

Niton Flood

Fifteen minutes of heavy rain which left Niton High Street under water this morning (Wednesday 29th October) has led to renewed calls for something to be done about storm drains in the village.

Wednesday, 29th October, 2014 3:39pm

By Retired Hack

Councillors insist on their own independent report on volunteer-rebuilt road on Undercliff Drive

Looking west on Undercliff Drive - Island Roads staff

Engineers commissioned by Island Roads concluded this week that the small section of road rebuilt by volunteers was unsafe for residents' cars to use. The council Executive have now commissioned their own independent assessment of the work.

Wednesday, 29th October, 2014 1:32pm

By Sally Perry with 43 readers' comments

Fostering team pound the streets of Portsmouth to raise awareness

Fostering team Great South Run

A team of fostering staff from the Isle of Wight Council have helped raise awareness of fostering by competing in The Great South run at the weekend.

Wednesday, 29th October, 2014 11:45am

By IW Council Press Office

Field of Remembrance returns to Carisbrooke next month


A special ‘field of remembrance’ will be opened once again at Carisbrooke Castle next month (November) to commemorate those in the uniformed services who lost their lives in service of their country.

Wednesday, 29th October, 2014 8:56am

By IW Council Press Office

Revealed: Council officers rejected plan to build temporary road on Undercliff straight after landslip

Undercliff Drive stabilisation works

It's come to light that the whole road-access-to-houses situation could have been resolved straight after the February landslip, if only council officers had allowed the work to be carried out.

Tuesday, 28th October, 2014 8:46pm

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments

Gritters geared up for winter

Island Roads gritter team

Island Roads say their gritting fleet is now primed and ready for action as Island Roads enters the start of the winter maintenance period (Nov 1 to March 31). Let's hope they don't have to use them too soon.

Tuesday, 28th October, 2014 3:13pm

By Claire Robertson with one comment

Council advice to take extra care during firefighters’ strike action

Fire fighters:

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) are staging a further four days of industrial action between Friday 31 October and Tuesday 4 November.

Tuesday, 28th October, 2014 2:52pm

By IW Council Press Office with one comment

Undercliff Drive: Outcome of councillors’ meeting

Undercliff Drive new road:

Hopes were raised with the mass-council turn out on Sunday at Undercliff Drive, but the extended meeting at the council today hasn't brought good news. OnTheWight has the details.

Monday, 27th October, 2014 5:50pm

By Sally Perry with 66 readers' comments

Child abuse on the Isle of Wight: Last 16 years to be reviewed by police

Magnifying glass

In light of the child sex abuse scandal in Rotherham, a police review is underway on the Isle of Wight into child abuse cases over the last 16 years.

Monday, 27th October, 2014 2:59pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Permission granted under delegated powers to demolish and replace Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel Sandown

The revised application to demolish the Grand Hotel in Sandown and replace it with a 30-bedroomed art-deco style hotel has avoided a hearing at the planning committee and been approved by planning officers.

Monday, 27th October, 2014 12:27pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Yet another heritage body urges action from the council over Frank James Hospital

Frank James Hospital:

There have now been two break-ins at the former Frank James Hospital in the last month, causing damage to the listed building and theft of tools. SAVE Britain's Heritage are urging immediate action by the council.

Monday, 27th October, 2014 8:43am

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments