New council strategy could crack down on use of jet-skis near Isle of Wight beaches

jetskier on the water

Cllr Brading said there were many reports of water-powered crafts constantly getting too close to swimmers last summer

Tuesday, 26th January, 2021 6:15pm

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

Rise in number of domestic abuse reports on the Isle of Wight

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The rise on the previous year is partly due to a programme aimed at encouraging those affected by domestic abuse to report it

Tuesday, 26th January, 2021 11:00am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Floating Bridge side thrusters are not a ‘sticky plaster’ says town councillor

floating bridge with boost bars on side by IW Can Depress

'Numerous local engineers' say that side thrusters would not work and that if the council persisted with this option, it could the bridge being out of the water for six months

Monday, 25th January, 2021 5:58pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 18 readers' comments

Isle of Wight councillors vote to reduce the council tax support subsidy

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Opposition councillor, Paul Fuller, said it was unfair and mean that IWC was focusing on trying to raise a few savings from people who can ill afford it

Friday, 22nd January, 2021 4:25pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 20 readers' comments

Criticism over bidding process to build £150,000 public toilets refuted by Mayor

Gentlemen toilets sign

The mayor says two sets of legal advice was sought before asking for bids and the whole process has been open, transparent and legal

Wednesday, 20th January, 2021 4:04pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 8 readers' comments

UKOG submit revised papers for Isle of Wight exploratory oil wells: Now open for comments

Field where the exploratory oil wells will be

The final plans have been submitted with changes to several parts of the application. Full details within

Tuesday, 19th January, 2021 2:35pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 17 readers' comments

Motocross launch appeal against decision by Isle of Wight Council’s planning department

Motoxiow track

In his appeal, Mr Collins said the national motocross body had ‘never experienced this level of obstruction’ from a local council

Monday, 18th January, 2021 5:44pm

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

£10m budget gap slashed in half, but price hike in council tax still on the cards

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Although the financial outlook for the Isle of Wight council is pretty bleak, the CEO said measures were in place to stop them reaching bankruptcy

Friday, 15th January, 2021 5:05pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 15 readers' comments

Health chief warns Islanders not to rely on nasal sprays to fight off Covid-19

nasal spray and box of tissues

The warning comes as people are turning to different ways to protect themselves against the latest strain of Covid-19 which is 70 per cent more transmissible

Friday, 15th January, 2021 4:35pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Cabinet push ahead with plans to charge for parking in Gurnard

Gurnard sea front - Google Maps

Despite strong objections and pleas from businesses and beach hut owners, the Cabinet pushed ahead with plans to introduce parking fees for Princes Esplanade in Gurnard

Friday, 15th January, 2021 11:20am

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

First Isle of Wight business fined for breaking Covid rules

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Businesses that breach Covid regulations can be fined, in court, of up to £10,000

Thursday, 14th January, 2021 1:39pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council and PCC elections will go ahead in May

Polling station sign attached to railings

Details of which and how the elections will go ahead in May have been confirmed in Parliament today. Details within

Wednesday, 13th January, 2021 6:10pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 10 readers' comments