Isle of Wight drug misuse deaths double

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The Isle of Wight’s mortality rate for drug misuse deaths is also 67 per cent higher than the national average for 2016-18.

Friday, 16th August, 2019 4:32pm

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Ofwat brands Southern Water’s wastewater infrastructure inadequate

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The Isle of Wight council said challenging Southern Water was the responsibility of its regulators, Ofwat, who have said Southern Water’s standards fell below those of other sewerage companies.

Friday, 16th August, 2019 3:30pm

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter with 5 readers' comments

Isle of Wight cremation costs up 60 per cent since 2009

Coffin on the shoulders of funeral directors

Cremation costs on the Isle of Wight have increased for the eighth time in ten years, but the Isle of Wight Council said its fee was close to the national average.

Friday, 16th August, 2019 12:10pm

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Consultation will identify what Isle of Wight carers want from their support services, say council

Carer

With the contract for support for unpaid cares coming to an end next year, a survey has been launched by the Isle of Wight council asking unpaid carers for their views on the support they receive.

Friday, 16th August, 2019 9:26am

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter

New parliamentary task group will focus on neglected coastal communities

Coastal Communities Alliance

The Task Group set up earlier this year aims to tackle a lack of investment, poor transport links and problems with year-round employment.

Thursday, 15th August, 2019 2:35pm

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter with 8 readers' comments

Cllr Ian Ward liked tweets denying climate change and saying police should not ‘ponce around’ at Pride

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The Isle of Wight councillor said "We are all entitled to an opinion. I do not ‘like’ anything people may find offensive"

Wednesday, 14th August, 2019 11:35am

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter with 10 readers' comments

Watchdog says HMP Isle of Wight’s response to rise in violence ‘not good enough’

Prison fencing

Peter Clarke, HM chief inspector of prisons, said there was little support for victims of violence, even though relationships between staff and prisoners were good.

Tuesday, 13th August, 2019 11:21am

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

£200,000 refurbed dementia ward closes six weeks after reopening

Doors to Shackleton Ward

The reliance on agency staff for the ward, which recently underwent a £200,000 refurbishment, was viewed as unsustainable.

Friday, 9th August, 2019 4:18pm

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter with 10 readers' comments

Car Park built without permission must be removed say Isle of Wight council

Car park

The council said the car park has resulted in an over provision of car parking and would likely to lead to increased use of the existing ‘substandard’ junction.

Friday, 9th August, 2019 2:31pm

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter with 13 readers' comments

Our town and village are now at capacity say Isle of Wight councillors

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The Isle of Wight council say there is a lack of suitable housing, but councillors say their areas are at capacity.

Friday, 9th August, 2019 11:11am

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter with 8 readers' comments

Sex offenders make up 98 per cent of Isle of Wight prison population, latest figures reveal

prison

The latest report from HMP Isle of Wight shows an increase in assaults on staff and large rise in incidences of prisoner self harm and a surprisingly older population.

Friday, 9th August, 2019 10:27am

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council scrap plans to relocate West Wight primary schools

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To avoid the legal costs of taking the matter to court, the council is now exploring other options.

Tuesday, 6th August, 2019 5:57pm

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments