Oil drilling application runs counter to Isle of Wight Biosphere aims, says AONB head

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The Chair of the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has submitted an objection to UKOG's planning application for an oil drilling well in Arreton. You can have your say on the planning Website

Monday, 20th July, 2020 8:26pm

By Jonathan Bacon with 2 readers' comments

Dave Stewart seeks to restrict opposition Councillors from speaking to IWC partners

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Indie councillors say the email edict from the Conservative Leader restricting how they speak with the council's partners is a blatant attempt to limit their ability to represent their residents and hampers the work of alternative views and proposals.

Wednesday, 28th March, 2018 10:53am

By Jonathan Bacon with 7 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Dark Skies: Call for ‘local lighting code’

Milky Way:

The Dark Sky Initiative supports a motion being put to all members at the Isle of Wight full council meeting tonight (Wednesday) calling for a 'local lighting code' to be introduced.

Wednesday, 15th November, 2017 7:20am

By Jonathan Bacon with 7 readers' comments

Call for Rights of Way budget to be increased

coastal path

Cllr Rodney Downer is hoping that Cabinet members will recognise the importance of investing in the Isle of Wight's exceptional rights of way network, where a small investment could yield a 20-fold return.

Thursday, 9th November, 2017 7:16am

By Jonathan Bacon with 2 readers' comments

Local councillor welcomes 20mph limit in Godshill

20mph campaign

The new 20mph speed limit has been agreed by the Isle of Wight Council following years of campaigning.

Wednesday, 1st November, 2017 10:17am

By Jonathan Bacon with 2 readers' comments

First Island Forum meeting hailed a ‘great success’

Island Forum

The first Island Forum meeting has been hailed a success by organisers and those who attended. Jonathan shares this report from the meeting.

Monday, 11th September, 2017 5:43pm

By Jonathan Bacon with 5 readers' comments

Bacon challenges Whitehouse claim that legal agreement limits what can be said on Platt case

Bacon and Whitehouse boxing

When challenged on if he'd drop the Jon Platt school case, Cllr Whitehouse stated a legal agreement had been entered into by Cllr Bacon with the DfE limiting what Cllr Whitehouse can say. This morning Cllr Bacon says, "there is no such ‘legal agreement’," presenting what he claims as evidence.

Wednesday, 25th January, 2017 11:04am

By Jonathan Bacon with 17 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council leader and deputy resign

Bacon and Stubbings

The Leader and deputy leader of Isle of Wight council have resigned. Here are their words in full.

Monday, 16th January, 2017 9:48am

By Jonathan Bacon with 76 readers' comments

Bacon calls nonsense on accusations of ‘cover up’


Conservatives rushed to accuse the Independent leadership of trying to cover things up, when he says the Executive reshuffle had been planned for sometime, but brought forward due to Cllr Jordan's circumstances.

Thursday, 8th December, 2016 1:32pm

By Jonathan Bacon with 151 readers' comments

Conservatives lobby government to block financial help to the Isle of Wight say Indies

tug of war

The Island Independents say it's become clear that the Conservative councillors have no wish to support Islanders and are only interested in taking power and making cuts.

Friday, 25th November, 2016 9:45am

By Jonathan Bacon with 26 readers' comments

Island Independents announce radical new approaches to tackle austerity


The Island Independent councillors say that the new measures mean they can hopefully avoid more of the damaging cuts in front line services that have been forced upon them in recent years.

Wednesday, 5th October, 2016 5:59pm

By Jonathan Bacon with 28 readers' comments

Indies claim IW Tories working with Hampshire to derail Solent Deal


The Island Independents claim IW Conservative councillors plan to derail the Solent Deal so the Isle of Wight can be absorbed into a Conservative-led Hampshire and Isle of Wight.

Thursday, 22nd September, 2016 12:04pm

By Jonathan Bacon with 85 readers' comments