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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 one comment

Isle of Wight Green Party announce their parliamentary candidate

Vix Lothion Green Party candidate

Vix Lowthion says she believes strongly that a Green Island identity and representation in Parliament will unlock a new future for Islanders.

Friday, 21st November, 2014 1:46pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Coppins Bridge brawlers sentenced

Coppins Bridge Brawl

Two men and a 17 year old have now received their sentences after the road-side punch-up that took place in Newport, Isle of Wight back in August.

Friday, 21st November, 2014 12:18pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Beauty meets brains as Academic community heads up top Design Awards

Ryde School - Solent Design Awards

As mentioned last month the new extension at Ryde School was shortlisted in the Solent Design Awards. Last night the architects were rewarded for their work.

Friday, 21st November, 2014 10:06am

By Ruth de Mierre

Man left unconscious after assault in Shanklin

Police talking to drivers:

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight late Wednesday night.

Friday, 21st November, 2014 9:12am

By Sally Perry

Commercially viable tidal energy a major step closer

Plato-venture quays

Successful sea trials of Sustainable Marine Energy’s tidal energy platform, PLAT-O, demonstrates a fresh approach for delivering cost-effective tidal energy.

Friday, 21st November, 2014 8:14am

By Clemency Ives with one comment

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 12 readers' comments

Mental health trusts to be inspected according to risk

Magnifying glass

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has already been inspected under CQC’s tougher and expert-led regime and rated as 'Requires Improvement'.

Thursday, 20th November, 2014 3:00pm

By Alison Berridge

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

Bournemouth Council says revised plans for Navitus Bay wind farm plan is ‘unlawful’

Navitus Bay computer-generated simulation

The new plans would see the number of turbines considerably reduced.

Thursday, 20th November, 2014 12:04pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

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