Expansion plans lodged to ‘meet high expectations of our customers’

The Hut restaurant overlooking the sea

The owners of the highly successful restaurant say they won’t be increasing the number of covers (220 currently), but instead will have more space for some new facilities

Tuesday, 12th November, 2019 5:25pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Isle of Wight care home welcomes improved CQC rating

Staff from care home with giant CQC banner

The CQC gave the care home an upgraded overall rating from 'requires improvement' to 'Good'

Tuesday, 12th November, 2019 2:44pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Isle of Wight council must set new homelessness strategy by end of year, following new government legislation

homeless bedding under steps

Since 2017 the council has received £1.5 million in funding to tackle homelessness. It'll receive funding for the new strategy, but the amount has not yet been decided

Monday, 11th November, 2019 6:44pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 5 readers' comments

See how Isle of Wight emergency care compares nationally

St mary's hospital

Isle of Wight residents have ranked the Island’s 'type one' urgent and emergency care, including the A&E department. See how it fares against the national scores

Monday, 11th November, 2019 8:07am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Isle of Wight social care services ‘struggling’ to deliver what is needed, says report

elderly lady sleeping :

From fuel poverty and excess winter deaths to social and digital isolation — the health and social care services are ‘struggling’ to deliver what is needed on the Isle of Wight.

Friday, 8th November, 2019 7:38am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 12 readers' comments

Plans for CCTV submitted to deter drug use, indecent exposure and ‘less desirable people’

cctv watching you

There are plans for the CCTV next to the children’s play area to capture images where there have been ‘minor crime implications’ such as drug use, indecent exposure and criminal damage

Thursday, 7th November, 2019 9:26am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Reported domestic abuse incidents the ‘very tip of the iceberg’, says refuge CEO

Domestic Abuse

35.3 per cent of reported abuse was committed by a spouse or partner with a further third carried out by former partners, and one in four abusive episodes were fuelled by alcohol

Wednesday, 6th November, 2019 5:36pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Cuts to number of mental health beds ‘gone too far’ says Royal College of Psychiatrists President (updated)

Doors to Shackleton Ward

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) has said hundreds of mental health beds across the country (including the Isle of Wight) are needed urgently to stop the ‘shameful’ practice of sending ill patients far from home for treatment

Wednesday, 6th November, 2019 12:27pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Isle of Wight primary retains ‘requires improvement’ Ofsted rating

crayons

The executive head teacher is encouraged with the positives the report has shown, that the school is heading in the right direction

Tuesday, 5th November, 2019 5:34pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Councillor votes in favour of planning application she repeatedly said she’d vote against

vanessa churchman

Despite repeatedly saying she would vote against the application, the councillor actually voted in favour, passing it by six to three

Monday, 4th November, 2019 4:36pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 6 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Crematorium suffers broken heating system

sign to crematorium

If you need to attend the Crematorium over the weekend, be aware that the heating system is broken and won't be repaired until Monday

Friday, 1st November, 2019 5:05pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Academies Trust plan to reduce staff across 38 academies

sad face

Unison say the decision being made by the end of the year wasn't long enough to consult with staff, parents and pupils

Friday, 1st November, 2019 4:24pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment