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Barriers put in place to block residents from using road they just re-built

Water filled barriers being added in Undercliff Drive

Island Roads and the council have managed to mobilise numerous staff and equipment - all in 24 hours - so they can block residents' access to the road they've rebuilt. In eight months zero road building work has been carried out to provide those residents access to their landlocked homes.

Friday, 24th October, 2014 7:11pm

By Sally Perry with 15 readers' comments

Revealed: The letter where Island Roads threaten to block access to volunteer-rebuilt road on Undercliff Drive

Welcome to St Lawrence - Undercliff Drive rebuilt road

Island Roads are threatening to close the road rebuilt by Islanders last weekend, claiming it's for the security of the residents (without even asking them), but denying them access to things like heating oil and fuel for the winter.

Friday, 24th October, 2014 1:16pm

By Sally Perry with 46 readers' comments

Islanders show massive support for Undercliff residents

Undercliff Drive new road:

There was an outpouring of support from Islanders last night on Facebook, after news that 'people power' has resulted in residents in Undercliff Drive landlocked properties having access their homes by car again.

Friday, 24th October, 2014 11:39am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Youth MP’s concern for Cowes Enterprise reveals good news for parents

CEC Pond:

Concerned to read that it might be two years before an Ofsted inspection takes place at Cowes Enterprise College, the IW Member of Youth Parliament, Will Matthews, got in touch with Ofsted to raise his concerns.

Friday, 24th October, 2014 10:25am

By Sally Perry

People Power strikes! Two fingers to the council as Islanders build their own new road on Undercliff Drive

Undercliff Drive - Road not closed to residents sign

Residents of Undercliff Road are sick of Isle of Wight council and Island Roads having done nothing solid over the last eight months to re-provide vehicle access to their homes. Knowing this, a group of Islanders have got together and built a road themselves, as a big 'Up Yours!'

Thursday, 23rd October, 2014 6:24pm

By Sally Perry with 29 readers' comments

The Carnival Trail Companion: A new App for walkers and carnival fans

Richard recording Jeni reading Tennyson on the Trail:

To coincide with the opening of the IW Autumn Walking Weekend, 24 to 27 October, the New Carnival Company will be launching an App which celebrates the rich carnival heritage of the Island.

Thursday, 23rd October, 2014 5:39pm

By Chris Slann

New supermarket opens

Sainsburys Local opens

Members from the Royal British Legion today unveiled a brand new supermarket in Ryde on the Isle of Wight (Thursday 23 October).

Thursday, 23rd October, 2014 3:52pm

By Sarah Glass with 3 readers' comments

New Harbour Master for Yarmouth

Tim Adams - Yarmouth Harbour Master

Former Deputy Harbour Master, Tim Adams, who has been a key team member at Yarmouth for the past year will be taking command as Chief Executive from the 3rd November 2014.

Thursday, 23rd October, 2014 11:57am

By Sally Perry

Councillors dispute decision to join EU funded ‘Smilegov’ Project

Unhappy face

The proposal was originally criticised by councillors at the Scrutiny Committee meeting held earlier this month and and labeled "nothing more than a talking shop".

Thursday, 23rd October, 2014 11:19am

By Sally Perry with 20 readers' comments

CQC calls for urgent action to help those in mental health crisis

Police cells

Better access to safe places in health-based settings for people experiencing a mental health crisis is crucial, urges CQC

Thursday, 23rd October, 2014 10:11am

By John Scott

Another scam rears its ugly head

Close up of telephone pad:

If you receive a call asking to place an advert in a booklet for schools, watch out. It's a scam says Trading Standards.

Thursday, 23rd October, 2014 9:50am

By IW Council Press Office with one comment

Work of Isle of Wight Alzheimer Cafés highlighted at regional conference

Older people with dementia:

This major Dementia event held in Southampton last week highlighted the work of the Isle of Wight Alzheimer Cafés and stressed to professionals the importance of early diagnosis.

Thursday, 23rd October, 2014 8:33am

By Sally Perry