Venture Quays will be ‘flagship’ investment opportunity say Isle of Wight council

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Securing the future of the Columbine building and protecting marine manufacturing on the Isle of Wight are just some of the reasons why the IW council are seeking to seal the deal

Thursday, 9th July, 2020 9:33am

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

£1.3m purchase of Venture Quays by Isle of Wight council scrutinised

Venture Quays

"We need to keep that engineering heritage", "We can buy this and keep this site for the Island", “It is our decision, we will own it and we will take responsibility for it” and "we will keep a really good reputation for being business-friendly" are just some of the comments by councillors discussing the purchase of Venture Quays

Thursday, 9th July, 2020 8:49am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Chancellor announces massive VAT cut for tourism sector

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A "suite of measures" have been announced, designed to help the tourism recover from the impact of Covid-19

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 2:12pm

By Michael Sims with 4 readers' comments

Hard work of Isle of Wight care homes means no new Covid-19 cases since 24th May

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At one stage of the pandemic, Coronavirus was present in more a third of care homes on the Island, but the spread has now been brought under control

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 1:16pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Event celebrating the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival postponed until 2021 due to Coronavirus

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Organisers of the event have reluctantly accepted that Covid-19 restrictions made this September’s Festival impossible to stage

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 12:39pm

By Sally Perry

Cowes Floating Bridge to be out for ten days for maintenance works

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The work could not be scheduled earlier during lockdown, but is anticipated to be completed in time for the summer holidays

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 12:22pm

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments

It’s confirmed! Otters have returned to the Isle of Wight

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Although a number of reports had been received in the past few years, surveys have now shown that otters are active along the river upstream of Horringford

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 11:58am

By Joel Bateman with 5 readers' comments

Brodie to probe Isle of Wight council leader on PM’s comments about Coronavirus in care homes (updated)

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Cllr Brodie has submitted a written question to the Leader of the Isle of Wight council about Boris Johnson's remarks on the spread of Coronavirus in care homes

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 11:04am

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council and partners launch new Visitor Charter to help economy ‘bounce back’

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The Charter is designed to help the Isle of Wight's visitor economy "bounce back" from the impact of the Coronavirus lockdown

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 10:38am

By IW Council Press Office with 2 readers' comments

Ferry passengers travelling to and from Isle of Wight will no longer be able to stay in vehicles

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Red Funnel and Wightlink are both reverting back to passengers having to vacate their vehicles during cross-Solent sailings. Full details within

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 10:20am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

50-Marathon challenge: Neil to dress as Wonder Woman for his 40th marathon this Sunday (updated)

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Neil set himself the challenge of running 50 marathons this year before his 50th birthday in November. For this week's marathon around Cowes, he'll be dressed as Wonder Woman

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 9:30am

By Helen Bailey

Cross-Solent foot passenger numbers at around 15 per cent of normal levels say Isle of Wight council

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The Isle of Wight council say they are closely monitoring the number of cross-Solent passengers in order to work out when the FastCat should be reinstated. Details within

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 9:11am

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments