Isle of Wight News

For up-to-date news from across the Island, we report on the issues that affect you. We always welcome story leads from our readers. If you’ve got a story lead, or have news to share with our readers, get in touch.

Wightfibre sponsors the Isle of Wight NewsWightfibre is the Island’s very own fibre optic network providing phones and high speed broadband to businesses throughout the
Isle of Wight. It is the only telecom service on the Island that does not use BT lines. Why pay more?

Their data centre and support staff are in Cowes so any questions can be quickly resolved, with local, Island knowledge. Call 01983 30 00 00 to speak directly to one of their business advisors.

The video of Isle of Wight wild barn-owl that will make you say ‘Ah’ and ‘Oooh’

Wight owl by Ian Winter

We'd be pretty surprised if you don't say 'Ahhh' when you're watching this video of an Isle of Wight wild barn-owl taking its first cautious observations, steps, then flights in to the world. We'd recommend watching the whole way through to avoid missing the delightful surprise.

Sunday, 21st September, 2014 8:39pm

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments

Cllr Charles Chapman’s resignation: The actual emails and timings


There's been a lot of speculation as to what has and hasn't happened over Cllr Charles Chapman's resignation from the Island Independents. OnTheWight has brought together all of the actual emails and has discovered Cllr Chapman's view on joining the Conservatives.

Sunday, 21st September, 2014 3:27pm

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

Another Island Independent leaves the Group (updated)

Smiley faces :

The news doesn't bode well for the Group of Island Independent councillors who are now done to just 16 members.

Friday, 19th September, 2014 10:42pm

By Sally Perry with 116 readers' comments

Flicking the switch on a new power link to the Island

Isle of Wight subsea cable being installed:

A new £13m undersea cable linking the Isle of Wight to the mainland has been completed ahead of schedule by Southern Electric Power Distribution (‘SEPD’), making the electricity supply on the Island more robust and resilient.

Friday, 19th September, 2014 3:49pm

By Duncan MacDonald with 4 readers' comments

Are you taking part in Bart’s Bash?

Andrew Simpson

Sailors from around the world, including the Isle of Wight, are taking part in the event this Sunday in memory of the late Andrew 'Bart' Simpson.

Friday, 19th September, 2014 12:47pm

By Sally Perry

Big changes at Quay Arts

Big changes at Quay Arts

Interesting times ahead for all at Quay Arts, not least the arts scene on the Isle of Wight.

Friday, 19th September, 2014 12:00pm

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

Park of the Year Award for Ventnor Park

Ventnor Park -

Historic Ventnor Park on the Isle of Wight has been awarded the Park of the Year Award at the South and South East England in Bloom Awards.

Friday, 19th September, 2014 11:56am

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments

Man dies after car goes over cliff (updated)

Old Blackang Road:

The Coastguard, Ambulance Service, Fire Service and Police were all involved in the incident which took place just after 6pm on Thursday night. Our thoughts are with family and friends.

Friday, 19th September, 2014 7:38am

By Sally Perry

NO Vote welcomed – but not ‘Unfair Settlement’ says MP

saltire on boys face:

The Island’s MP Andrew Turner, has welcomed the news this morning that Scotland has voted to remain within the UK but says that a new constitutional settlement is needed.

Friday, 19th September, 2014 7:07am

By Andrew Turner's Office with 24 readers' comments

Community mental health care must improve says CQC

Stand up against stigma:

The CQC says that Mental Health service performance is ‘worse than expected’ in the Isle of Wight.

Thursday, 18th September, 2014 3:03pm

By Alison Berridge with 5 readers' comments

Work won’t start on Undercliff Drive before the rainy season begins

Undercliff Drive mudslide Feb 2014

The council tell OnTheWight that it could be November before options to give any access to Undercliff Drive are even discussed. Concerns are that when it starts to rain, will currently exposed porous land/surfaces be left open to drink up the rain and then trigger further landslips - exposing the council to further costs?

Thursday, 18th September, 2014 1:23pm

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

The Duke of Kent at Carisbrooke

Duke of York and Judi Griffin

Carisbrooke Castle played host to HRH The Duke of Kent during his recent visit to the Island.

Thursday, 18th September, 2014 9:23am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood with 4 readers' comments