The highs and lows of 12 months at the Isle of Wight Covid-19 testing site

One year at test centre - Victoria Bamford

Victoria shares stories of the highs and lows of running the Covid-19 test centre on the Isle of Wight for the past 12 months

Friday, 30th April, 2021 4:52pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Ryde Town Council plan to offer deckchair, paddleboard and kayak hire once they take on Harbour

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When details have been finalised the town council will be first in line to buy the Harbour and plan to take on a deckchair concession too

Friday, 30th April, 2021 2:52pm

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

Isle of Wight CCG merges with other groups across Hampshire and Southampton

Alison Smith managing director of the Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Moving from looking after just the Island’s population, the body now covers the healthcare of 1.66 million people

Friday, 30th April, 2021 2:40pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 9 readers' comments

‘Bland and poorly designed’ plans for character property rejected by planning officers

The Candy Shop front

The applicant wanted to convert the shop into residential accommodation with sash windows and a front door

Friday, 30th April, 2021 9:39am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 9 readers' comments

Concerns over number of antipsychotic medication prescriptions for dementia patients

older person with cup of tea

MD of the CCG says "treatment is based on the individual’s needs", but the Alzheimer’s Society is "extremely concerned" about the rise in the number of antipsychotic medication prescriptions

Thursday, 29th April, 2021 5:51pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Latest Covid-19 vaccinations figures for the Isle of Wight

person getting a flu jab vaccination

The latest set of figures reveals how many Islanders have had their first or second Covid-19 jab

Thursday, 29th April, 2021 5:30pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments

‘Covid is to blame not the council’ claims Conservative on their failure to deliver on key 2017 education election promise

man with unhappy face on piece of paper

In their 2017 election manifesto, the IW Conservatives promised that within four years all IW schools would be rated good and 25% outstanding by Ofsted. They’ve failed - and are blaming it on Covid

Tuesday, 27th April, 2021 6:55pm

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

Harcourt Sands development moves to next stage

Harcourt Sands plans

Action had to be taken by K-Haus in order to avoid original planning permission running out

Tuesday, 27th April, 2021 4:33pm

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

Plans to create the Isle of Wight’s largest dance and gymnastics hub

Ballet dancers in dance studio

The storage and office space could be transformed to hold two dance studios with another dedicated ballet studio on the first floor

Tuesday, 27th April, 2021 7:15am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Costs for Isle of Wight street lighting down by 39 per cent

Streetlamp lighting rain in night sky

Six years ago the Isle of Wight council spent £1.5m per year on street lighting. Five years later it had gone down by 39 per cent

Monday, 26th April, 2021 1:13pm

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

Real-life Lassie moment as Isle of Wight Cockapoo comes to the rescue in Covid household

Henry the Cockapoo lying on a sofa

Henry the Cockpoo had a real-life Lassie moment and raised the alarm when one of his owners became seriously unwell with Covid

Friday, 23rd April, 2021 2:38pm

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

Latest Isle of Wight Covid vaccination figures

Vaccination Centre sign in Newport

Four in five Isle of Wight care home staff have now had their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination and the numbers continue to rise

Thursday, 22nd April, 2021 3:21pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment