Eviction from church-owned property would ‘force’ family to leave village they’ve lived in for 40 years: Petition launched (updated)

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The family have rented from the church for over seven years, can't find a suitable alternative property, so if evicted say they will be forced to leave the village where they are the heart of the community

Monday, 4th January, 2021 12:41pm

By Julia Baker-Smith with 13 readers' comments

All change for Island Independent group leadership

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As the Leader's role is an unpaid position, this working-age mum was finding it difficult to juggle competing priorities in order to provide for her children and serve her community.

Wednesday, 8th November, 2017 5:11pm

By Julia Baker-Smith with one comment

‘Dark Day for Island Democracy’ say Island Indies

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The Island Independents say the constitutional changes voted through at last night's council meeting are "even worse even than the ‘Pugh days’", adding that the "Conservatives are effectively silencing the opposition".

Thursday, 18th May, 2017 8:37am

By Julia Baker-Smith with 5 readers' comments

Island Independent leader joins call for united candidate against Andrew Turner

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Julia Baker-Smith has called upon the Island’s progressive parties to stand a single, democratically selected candidate against Andrew Turner at the General Election.

Tuesday, 18th April, 2017 3:04pm

By Julia Baker-Smith with 92 readers' comments

2017 council election: Island Independents publish their priorities

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The Island Independents acknowledge their leadership changes were taken advantage of by the Conservative-UKIP alliance, but say they've never been stronger and are ready to lead the Island to success.

Thursday, 6th April, 2017 8:40am

By Julia Baker-Smith with 12 readers' comments

Island Independents: If elected, we’ll buy Red Funnel for Islanders

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Discussions are already underway and if elected in the May elections, the Island Independents say they'll use agreed £200m borrowing and will "seek to participate with partners to acquire this vital route to the Island, for the Island".

Friday, 24th March, 2017 6:30am

By Julia Baker-Smith with 107 readers' comments

New opening times for waste sites could mean statutory duties are not met, say Indies (updated)

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The Indies say that according to the legislation, the waste facilities should be reasonably accessible and open for the deposit of waste at all reasonable times.

Wednesday, 8th March, 2017 12:45pm

By Julia Baker-Smith with 17 readers' comments

Independents say dealing with Conservatives is ‘like playing chess with a pigeon’

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The Leader of the Island Independent councillors says responding to the Conservatives' "ridiculous spin feels like trying to play chess with a pigeon" and for the Conservatives to deny austerity "is an insult to Islanders".

Monday, 6th March, 2017 8:28am

By Julia Baker-Smith with 23 readers' comments

Island Independents announce alternative budget: ‘Care and compassion, not desks and pens’ (updated)

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The Island Independents have prepared their alternative budget highlighting the difference between theirs and the Conservative Alliance budget. The budget proposals will be discussed and voted upon at this Wednesday's full council meeting.

Monday, 20th February, 2017 2:19pm

By Julia Baker-Smith with 70 readers' comments

‘Con-UKIP budget to ‘blow’ ASDA Windfall’ say opposition councillors

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Opposition councillors say the Conservative-UKIP plans for the ASDA money are "an insult to hard working Islanders who are having their Council Tax put up while paying for running machines and new desks".

Thursday, 16th February, 2017 11:13am

By Julia Baker-Smith with 46 readers' comments

Conservatives accused of attempting to ride ‘on the coat tails’ of the school’s success’

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The last Conservatives at County Hall left Isle of Wight education in such a bad shape, the Government had to step in, say the Indies - They're also ignoring the incredibly hard over work of schools, teachers and pupils across the Island.

Thursday, 9th February, 2017 2:09pm

By Julia Baker-Smith with 5 readers' comments

Island Independent’s draw red lines on the Isle of Wight council Budget

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The Island Independent Group have released a list of “Red Lines” in the budget, marking items they were not willing to to introduce or make cuts.

Wednesday, 1st February, 2017 12:51pm

By Julia Baker-Smith with 4 readers' comments