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Southern Water give assurances over flood works in Ryde

Flooding inside house in the Strand - by Wayne Whittle

Concerns over transparency and disruption of a possible burial ground were raised at the Ryde Town Council meeting last night.

Wednesday, 26th November, 2014 3:35pm

By Sally Perry

Island Roads to tackle drainage problems on Pallance Road

Flooding on pallance road northwood - island roads

The work by Island Roads as part of the Highways PFI will install improved drainage along a near kilometre stretch of Pallance Road, replacing the existing system which is frequently overwhelmed during rainfall.

Wednesday, 26th November, 2014 2:11pm

By Gavin Foster

First view of new hovercraft during tour of factory

Griffon Hoverworks Visit factory

OnTheWight joined others this morning for a tour of the Griffon Hoverworks factory in Southampton to see the progress on two new craft.

Wednesday, 26th November, 2014 1:57pm

By Simon Perry

Isle of Wight NHS Trust defends highest complaints figure

St Mary's Hospital cone by Auntie P

The IW NHS Trust say it's inappropriate to compare with other NHS Trusts the number of complaints received, as the Island Trust includes Ambulance, Mental Health, Community and Acute services.

Wednesday, 26th November, 2014 10:05am

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

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 14 readers' comments

Man left with broken nose after being head-butted in the street

Police conferring

Police appeal for witnesses after man is left with broken nose following a fight outside kebab shop at the weekend.

Tuesday, 25th November, 2014 3:14pm

By Sally Perry

Team behind Fixed Link campaign reveal their solution. You might be surprised

Fixed link team - Cross Solent idea logo - large 2

There's been a recent surge of interest in the discussion around a Fixed Link for the Isle of Wight. Here's the just-launched details of the solution that the team behind the Fixed Link Referendum Facebook page have come up with.

Tuesday, 25th November, 2014 1:14pm

By Sally Perry with 22 readers' comments

For or against a Fixed Link? Where are you on the scale?

Ferry debate - not a yes no question -:

Geoff Underwood has created a scale from 0-10 in relation to the Fixed Link debate. Where would you put yourself on it?

Tuesday, 25th November, 2014 11:22am

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

America’s Cup World Series heading for the Solent

The launch of the 1851 Trust. Portsmouth. UK. Admiral Lord Nelson School pupils and Sir Ben Ainslie pictured painting HMS Victory on the walls of the new Ben Ainslie Racing HQ

Last held in British waters in 2011, the America's Cup World Series returns to the Solent in the next two years, with Sir Ben Ainslie racing for Britain.

Tuesday, 25th November, 2014 9:44am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Praise for primary school after latest Ofsted inspection

Thumbs up - young boy:

When Ofsted inspectors asked the primary school pupils whether enjoyed learning, there was a resounding ‘Yes!’ - well done to all involved.

Tuesday, 25th November, 2014 8:45am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Prison recycling initiative helps bag Hospice support

Pete Tarrent at Prison with Hospice Bags

Prisoners at HMP Isle of Wight have been putting their time to good use making recycled, branded bags for Earl Mountbatten Hospice shops.

Tuesday, 25th November, 2014 7:12am

By Lisa Wardle