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.

Primary school retains its Good status after latest Ofsted inspection

Hands clasped and thumbs up

It's very encouraging to be reporting on two 'Good' Ofsted reports in the same week on the Isle of Wight.

Thursday, 27th November, 2014 11:31am

By Sally Perry

Praise for shops in Ventnor and Ryde for refusing underage shoppers


The Isle of Wight Council's trading standards service and Hampshire Police have praised six shops that refused to serve alcohol to an underage customer during a recent test.

Wednesday, 26th November, 2014 9:37am

By IW Council Press Office

MP and local Conservatives continue to battle it out over his £100k+ expenses claims

Paper money :

Previously unseen seven page document from within the Isle of Wight Conservative Association continues detailed criticism of MP Andrew Turner over his expenses. Carole Dennett's role questioned.

Tuesday, 25th November, 2014 6:42pm

By Sally Perry with 15 readers' comments

Those vanishing Catseyes: Guess where they’ve been found?

Question mark cockroaches

OnTheWight exposed Island Roads for have been removing a lot of Catseyes from around the Isle of Wight, but what do they do with them once they've taken them out of the road? We have the answer.

Friday, 21st November, 2014 6:43pm

By Sally Perry with 41 readers' comments

Concept of public transport steam trains is ‘pure and utter fantasy’ says councillor

Steams up

Whilst some councillors believe the work of the Transport and Infrastructure Task Force will see the return of steam trains to Isle of Wight railway lines, one councillor believes it is 'pure and utter fantasy'.

Friday, 21st November, 2014 2:57pm

By Sally Perry with 32 readers' comments

Heated debate over who should chair new Select Committees

Angry birds hot air balloon

As you might expect, nominations for chairs of the new Select Committee resulted in heated debate in the council chamber last night. Read on for the full report.

Thursday, 20th November, 2014 6:39pm

By Sally Perry with 21 readers' comments

Controlled ‘rapid burning’ of 600 tonnes of smoudering wood underway

Isle of Wight fire truck:

The smouldering 600 tonnes of wood at Westridge Skip Hire is going to be subject to rapid burning exercise today to prevent it smouldering for the next few weeks.

Thursday, 20th November, 2014 12:12pm

By IW Council Press Office

Solent Authority Plan just floated by Portsmouth and Southampton: IW too? (updated)

Hampshire map:

At this very early stage details are sketchy, but there's a potential the Isle of Wight council could be included in a larger authority, encompassing Portsmouth and Southampton if plans for the Solent Authority Plan goes ahead.

Thursday, 20th November, 2014 11:05am

By Sally Perry with 12 readers' comments

Isle of Wight’s ‘fractious’ political scene to be featured on TV

Sunday Politics Show - Ian Stephens

The return of MP's expenses, as well as September's shenanigans with the Island Independents go under the spotlight on Sunday, raising question marks on whether Hampshire County Council show take control of the Isle of Wight.

Thursday, 20th November, 2014 10:19am

By Sally Perry with 23 readers' comments

Live coverage of November Full Council meeting

Reporting with mobile phone from meeting -:

Find out what your councillor is saying at tonight's full council meeting by following our live coverage.

Wednesday, 19th November, 2014 5:53pm

By Sally Perry with 40 readers' comments

Why have the council allowed Island Roads to get away with not replacing Catseyes?

Removed Catseyes by atoach

The answers that we're getting from Island Roads and the council on this important road safety issue are about as opaque as the fog that the Catseyes are supposed to guide us through.

Wednesday, 19th November, 2014 3:36pm

By Sally Perry with 26 readers' comments

Reports of horses slipping on resurfaced roads leads to meeting

Public bridleway sign

Horse owners on the Isle of Wight get to express their concerns about their horses slipping on newly-resurfaced roads, but told no quick fix.

Wednesday, 19th November, 2014 2:33pm

By Andrew Turner's Office with 10 readers' comments