Ian Stephens

Ian Stephens was elected as Leader of the Isle of Wight Council in May 2013.

He was re-elected in May 2014, following the introduction of a change to the usual four-year term for Leaders.

He stepped down as Leader in January 2015 and stood as an Independent prospective parliamentary candidate in the General Election, where he received 3,198 votes (losing his deposit).

He stepped down as Executive member for major contract management and car parking in January 2017.

Isle of Wight councillors pay tribute to outgoing Chairman and welcome new one

Lora Peacey Wilcox

Councillors across the chamber paid tribute to Lora Peacey-Wilcox who has finished her two year term as Chairman of the Isle of Wight council.

Wednesday, 15th May, 2019 7:13pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council leader says they ‘could have moved quicker’ over floating bridge problems

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The leader of the Isle of Wight council admits they council "could have moved quicker as the facts unfolded" about the catalogue of problems with floating bridge 6.

Thursday, 7th February, 2019 3:00pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 15 readers' comments

Rise in council tax precept on the cards for Ryde’s residents (updated)


The Ryde Town council voted to increase the town council tax precept from April at last night's meeting, with two councillors voting against.

Tuesday, 29th January, 2019 3:04pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Bus shelter may have to be scrapped or move off the Isle of Wight, says manager

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The manager of the Isle of Wight Bus Shelter says that if the problem of finding a permanent location is not resolved soon, the bus would have to be sold for scrap or moved to the mainland.

Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019 3:07pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight ‘The Most Undemocratic Council in the Country’, say Indies

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Island Independent councillors have condemned the Isle of Wight Council leader and his fellow Conservative councillors for "continuing to show that they are the most undemocratic and unaccountable Council Administration in the country".

Friday, 11th May, 2018 7:00am

By Debbie Andre

Plans to explore Combined Fire Authority with Hampshire approved

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The Principal Policy Adviser of the LGA says there is a strong argument to delay the decision, but council Leader, Dave Stewart, said they would not be "dithering" and the 23 Conservative councillors voted through the proposal.

Thursday, 22nd March, 2018 1:13pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

The Island deserves better than ’death by a thousand cuts’ says Indie

Ian Stephens

Leader of the Island Independent group of councillors said opportunities to pursue measures that could significantly improve Council finances were ignored at last night's budget meeting by the Conservative councillors.

Thursday, 1st March, 2018 3:09pm

By Ian Stephens with 2 readers' comments

Island Independents take ‘creative and innovative’ approach to alternative budget

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Island Independent councillors say by re-financing the Highways PFI contract, it would help release enough funding to reverse some of the proposed cuts by the Conservative administration. OnTheWight has details of what they intend to save.

Monday, 26th February, 2018 2:01pm

By Ian Stephens

Refinancing PFI contract just one cost-cutting suggestion from Independent councillors

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Ahead of next week's budget setting at the Isle of Wight council, Ian Stephens, Leader of the Island Independent Group, announces they will be issuing an alternative budget.

Thursday, 22nd February, 2018 5:26pm

By Ian Stephens with 16 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council’s vision for one Sixth Form provider gains support

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The debate on whether there should be fewer sixth form providers on the Isle of Wight resulted in an unanimous vote as Island students were described as "being let down" and the education provision "not fit for purpose".

Friday, 17th November, 2017 7:46pm

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

All change for Island Independent group leadership

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As the Leader's role is an unpaid position, this working-age mum was finding it difficult to juggle competing priorities in order to provide for her children and serve her community.

Wednesday, 8th November, 2017 5:11pm

By Julia Baker-Smith with one comment

Stunning accusations: The real reason for today’s Executive reshuffle (updated)

Ian Stephens

The official version of the council's latest Executive reshuffle doesn't tell the full story. OnTheWight has the full details - and they're staggering.

Wednesday, 4th January, 2017 9:18pm

By Sally Perry with 96 readers' comments