Julia Baker-Smith

Julia Baker-Smith is the Isle of Wight county councillor for Whippingham and Osborne.

She was elected in 2013 and became Executive member for Planning and Housing in January 2016.

In January 2017, Cllr Baker-Smith was elected as Leader of the Group of Island Independent councillors.

Below are some articles that feature Cllr Baker-Smith.

Hawthorn Meadows East Cowes application: Committee give their planning decision

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The controversial development of 96-beds - previously branded 'un-neighbourly' - in the Whippingham / East Cowes area received its Isle of Wight council decision last night.

Wednesday, 12th December, 2018 10:25am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 10 readers' comments

Councillor disappointed her personal life is ‘under constant scrutiny’

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Cllr Baker Smith said she’d be splitting her time between the Isle of Wight and Manchester, adding she’s disappointed that her personal life is ‘under constant scrutiny’, something not applied to working fathers on the council.

Thursday, 9th August, 2018 12:10pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 5 readers' comments

Isle of Wight CCG pledge to improve following ‘vote of no confidence’ (updated)

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After a 'vote of no confidence' in the Isle of Wight CCG by Policy and Scrutiny members, the organisation which plans and funds NHS services say they'll improve and will involve local people.

Wednesday, 18th July, 2018 4:36pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Green light to pay Jay Jayasundara another £70,000 for PFI savings

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As revealed by OnTheWight back in March, Jay Jayasundara has already been back on the Isle of Wight since the beginning of the year examining the Highways PFI contract he was paid handsomely to create.

Thursday, 12th July, 2018 10:02pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 8 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council spend over £1.5m on agency staff

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Between May 2017 and May 2018, the Isle of Wight Council spent £1,526,816 on agency staff across the authority — but particularly within the mental health team, and children’s services.

Thursday, 12th July, 2018 3:40pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Labour question ‘wisdom’ and ‘lack of transparency’ over £400k pa restructure

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The Isle of Wight Labour Party have 'questioned the wisdom' of Isle of Wight council recruiting more senior managers when, they do not even have the staff to answer calls from residents.

Tuesday, 26th June, 2018 5:53pm

By Deborah Gardiner

Isle of Wight Studio School the ‘latest casualty of under-funding’, says councillor

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The academy sponsor and Department for Education say the school is not viable because of a lack of capacity, but the local councillor believes it is just the latest casualty of under-funding from the Government.

Thursday, 7th June, 2018 1:22pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

From Peace to Outlaw for Isle of Wight Community Safety and Public Protection

County Hall Chamber - Annual Meeting May 2018

As well as a Cabinet reshuffle, the Annual Meeting of the Isle of Wight council saw re-election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman as well as Chairs of the various committees.

Thursday, 17th May, 2018 11:15am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Former Indie leader joins Isle of Wight Labour Party

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The former Indie leader says she's always been a supporter of progressive politics and "opposed to the Conservative Austerity measures that have so badly impacted Island Services".

Wednesday, 16th May, 2018 9:30am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Planning row erupts amid claims of ‘East Cowes land grab’

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Concerns have been raised by residents and councillors as a planning application for thirty new houses in Whippingham goes out public consultation.

Thursday, 19th April, 2018 5:49pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 7 readers' comments

Access to Floating Bridge papers heavily restricted – Even to Scrutiny Members

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Members of the Scrutiny Committee ask 'Who runs the council?' after being told they can only view floating bridge documents sat in front of a laptop at County Hall (with an estimated reading time of 30 hours).

Wednesday, 14th February, 2018 9:19pm

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

Votes at 16: Find out what your Isle of Wight councillor said

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Find out what your Isle of Wight councillor had to say about giving 16 year olds the vote when it was discussed in the council chamber last week, and see whether you agree with them.

Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018 9:33am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments