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IW Council Leader becomes Chair of an LGA board: Receives challenge by opposition councillor

Sunday Politics Show - Ian Stephens

News of the council leader's new role on a national stage was announced at last night's full council meeting.

Thursday, 18th September, 2014 8:58am

By Sally Perry with one comment

East Cowes residents urged voice support for community purchase of Down House site

Down House when used as a medical centre -:

At the end of last week Isle of Wight councillor for East Cowes, Luisa Hillard, posted the following appeal to residents on her Facebook page.

Wednesday, 17th September, 2014 1:43pm

By Luisa Hillard with one comment

Live coverage of potentially ‘fiery’ council meeting with OnTheWight


Follow the twists and turns at what is being suggested will be a 'very fiery' meeting.

Wednesday, 17th September, 2014 12:59pm

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments

David Pugh gets involved in Priest/Gilbey/ overthrow rumour affair with questions

David Pugh

David Pugh (who lost his seat to Cllr Richard Priest at the 2013 local elections) has posed a number of questions to the Leader for tonight's council meeting. Here's the full text and his email to council members.

Wednesday, 17th September, 2014 12:36pm

By David Pugh with 31 readers' comments

Isle of Wight JSA claimant numbers released

Job Centre sign:

Latest figures are out for those claiming Job Seekers Allowance on the Isle of Wight

Wednesday, 17th September, 2014 11:59am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Southern Vectis unveils its autumn bus timetable

Island Buses:

If you're a bus user, Southern Vectis have just announced a revised timetable for its services across the Island for the forthcoming autumn season.

Wednesday, 17th September, 2014 11:42am

By Paula Good with one comment

Hundreds of residents oppose major housing development

Upper Lane Brighstone:

Residents of the picturesque village of Brighstone have written to the Council in significant numbers to voice their objections to a major development aimed at the heart of the village.

Tuesday, 16th September, 2014 6:09pm

By Cllr Bob Seely with 4 readers' comments

Public demo planned against floating bridge proposal

Floating Bridge

If you'd like to show your support for the demo against introducing foot passenger fares, just turn up and take part.

Tuesday, 16th September, 2014 4:52pm

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

Firefighters tackle residential fire in Ryde (Updated)

Isle of Wight fire truck:

All residents are safely out of the property as the fire service tackle the fire.

Tuesday, 16th September, 2014 3:08pm

By Sally Perry

Compton Bay in Rough Guide’s Top 15 best UK beaches

Compton Beach :

Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight is one of the best beaches in the UK according to the travel experts at Rough Guides.

Tuesday, 16th September, 2014 1:45pm

By Sue Emmerson

Hover pilot admits to being over the alcohol limit

Hovertravel terminal

The Crown Court heard the 50 year old pleading guilty to being over the alcohol limit whilst in charge of Hovercraft. He now awaits sentencing.

Tuesday, 16th September, 2014 12:24pm

By Sally Perry with 21 readers' comments

Council approve revised housing policy to give Islanders priority

Man outside mini paper house by jdhancock

The Isle of Wight Council’s Executive has approved a revised social housing allocation policy for the Island which gives local people greater priority for affordable social housing.

Tuesday, 16th September, 2014 10:44am

By IW Council Press Office