Isle of Wight Council Press Office

The Isle of Wight Council's Press Office issue news on behalf of the council.

As well as dealing with queries from the press, they also manage the council's social media activities including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

They also provide internal communications for the council including a weekly newsletter for all staff.

Below are a range of press releases issued by the team.

You can contact the Comms team via media@iow.gov.uk

Isle of Wight parents warned about school meal scam

using a mobile

The scam email states ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’

Tuesday, 31st March, 2020 10:16am

By IW Council Press Office

Isle of Wight council leader sends message of thanks to our ‘true Island heroes’

Dave Stewart

So far, a staggering 600-plus Islanders have answered the government's 'call to arms', stepping up to do what they can to fight the virus and help those on the front lines

Tuesday, 31st March, 2020 10:16am

By IW Council Press Office with 9 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council update requirements and instructions for allotment holders

lettuces in allotment plot

The Isle of Wight council have issued new guidance for allotment holders in light of the Coronavirus outbreak

Friday, 27th March, 2020 4:01pm

By IW Council Press Office

Isle of Wight residents having bonfires asked to be mindful of neighbours

bonfire

The council say lighting garden bonfires can aggravate lung conditions and cause a nuisance

Friday, 27th March, 2020 2:47pm

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Free car parking for all keyworkers delivered by Isle of Wight council

parking meter

Today's announcement means they will be able to park in on street parking bays and council and NHS owned car parks without having to worry about cost or time restrictions.

Thursday, 26th March, 2020 12:54pm

By IW Council Press Office with one comment

Isle of Wight Festival 2020 cancelled

IW Festival 2014 by Sara Lincoln

OnTheWight had written to the festival organisers more than once after the Government said emergency workers would not support mass gatherings, but finally the news that many have been waiting has been announced

Thursday, 26th March, 2020 12:14pm

By IW Council Press Office with 2 readers' comments

‘Some people are simply not heeding government’s orders’ says council leader as he asks Islanders to stay home

Dave Stewart

Police have been carrying out patrols, speaking with individuals and even stopping vehicles to enquire as to the driver's reasons for being out

Wednesday, 25th March, 2020 4:06pm

By IW Council Press Office with 31 readers' comments

Floating bridge to be limited to essential workers only (Updated)

floating bridge

To make sure that everybody is following this new limitation, staff may ask passengers or drivers about their journey

Tuesday, 24th March, 2020 5:32pm

By IW Council Press Office with one comment

Call to Isle of Wight businesses to support frontline charities

support button on computer keyboard

The chairman of WightAid says, "As we enter a period of considerable difficulty, it is even more important than ever for us to stay together and support those most in need"

Tuesday, 24th March, 2020 3:20pm

By IW Council Press Office

Isle of Wight council leader asks second-home owners to stay away

Green dor with silver handle and lock

The leader of the Isle of Wight council asks second home owners to stay at their primary residence, and asks those who are already here to self isolate

Monday, 23rd March, 2020 4:10pm

By IW Council Press Office with 17 readers' comments

Important news on how best to deal with your rubbish if you’re self-isolating (updated)

Waste collection operator

If anyone in your household is self-isolating because of coronavirus, the council has just issued this new guidance on how best to deal with your rubbish to reduce it spreading and to protect waste collection staff.

Monday, 23rd March, 2020 11:58am

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight school provision for Coronavirus key workers now in place

school children writing

Parents are being called on to be responsible and only take up a school place if they are in the categories that the government has defined

Monday, 23rd March, 2020 10:10am

By IW Council Press Office