John Metcalfe

John Metcalfe has been at the Isle of Wight council since 1997. He held the position of Deputy Managing Director prior to being appointed Chief Executive Officer to the Isle of Wight council on 2nd December 2015.

His LinkedIn profile states that he was ‘Head of Leisure Services’ at Chester-le-Street District Council prior to that, spending eleven years there.

Conservative administration accused of bullying councillor for ‘raising points of democracy’

Trees outside County Hall and Geoff Brodie

Cllr Brodie said it was a sad day "when a member cannot make amendments without being bullied by the administration”

Thursday, 19th November, 2020 5:14pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight community must follow rules to make sure we come out of lockdown on Tier One, says council chief

stay home illustration of person sitting in house surrounded by trees in snow globe

It was made clear yesterday that we are still dealing with the second wave, but council officials want to remind Islanders that adhering to restrictions now will help when we come out of lockdown

Friday, 13th November, 2020 11:29am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Covid-19 vaccinations on the Isle of Wight: What to expect and when

person getting a flu jab vaccination

News of a possible vaccine for Covid-19 was discussed at a council meeting this morning with details of how the vaccination programme would be rolled out across the Isle of Wight

Thursday, 12th November, 2020 12:27pm

By Sally Perry

Only 2.6 per cent of those tested on the Isle of Wight in last seven days for Covid-19 were positive

covid-19 drive through testing centre - person standing at door of car with clipboard

Of all those tested for Covid-19 in the last seven days, only 2.6 per cent tested positive, it was revealed in today's Local Outbreak Engagement Board meeting

Thursday, 12th November, 2020 11:42am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Find out what the Isle of Wight council has been up to in last year, as Annual Report published

IWC's C19 response infographic for August

Read the Isle of Wight council's Annual Report in full to see details of highpoints and progress of the corporate plan

Tuesday, 22nd September, 2020 6:35pm

By IW Council Press Office with 9 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council CEO reveals return date for Cowes Floating Bridge

floating bridge suspended sign

The Cowes Floating Bridge has been out of service for nine weeks already. In a letter to the town council, John Metcalfe reveals when it is expected to return

Friday, 18th September, 2020 12:21pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Sandown Honour Trail causing a storm on Sandown seafront

The Sandown Honour Trail

The Trail was set up to provide a positive, uplifting welcome to all on Sandown's seafront, but some residents say that on the whole the impression is "morbid, maudlin and at odds with Sandown as a tourism destination where people go to relax, forget their worries"

Tuesday, 18th August, 2020 6:03pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council shortlisted for Achievement Awards

Achievement awards logo

The Isle of Wight council CEO says, "Our staff are passionate about being positive, forward looking and most of all responsive to our Island’s needs"

Thursday, 23rd July, 2020 1:26pm

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments

Isle of Wight hospitality industry preparing to open for Islanders and holiday makers

Compton Beach

John Metcalfe, Isle of Wight council CEO, said it is a dilemma, but that people would come to the Island anyway, with holiday accommodation reporting bookings for July, August and September

Wednesday, 10th June, 2020 5:52pm

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

Simple questions about Isle of Wight Covid testing and Contact Tracing App still not be answered despite assurances at the highest level

Woman with finger over mouth signalling a shh

After we ran our “Why are questions about Isle of Wight Covid testing and Contact Tracing App not being answered?” piece last month, the Government heavyweights got involved, assuring News OnTheWight the numbers would be released. They haven’t. Here’s the detail of the story so far

Saturday, 6th June, 2020 11:19am

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council list all changes to their services in light of Coronavirus

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The Isle of Wight council lists each service area and how they might be changing due to the Covid-19 outbreak

Wednesday, 18th March, 2020 5:29pm

By IW Council Press Office with 6 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council reveal budget plans: I’ve never known so many (national) uncertainties, says deputy leader

Stuart Hutchinson

The proposed budget sees a council tax rise of 3.99 per cent and £4.5m of 'savings' across all areas. Read the papers below

Wednesday, 5th February, 2020 3:20pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments