£60 million upgrade news to Island Line expected soon, reports The Ryde Society (Update 2)

Island line train

As well as the news about the train line, Ryde Society reports the MP called Pennyfeathers development "unsustainable" and said Isle of Wight councillors should "man up". Read on for full report.

Tuesday, 30th July, 2019 5:55pm

By Peter Gruner with 7 readers' comments

National funding bid hopes to revive Ryde’s historic character

Ryde boat with flowers

It's hoped a successful bid will enable enhancement of the whole of the High Street, in particular drawing on aspects of heritage to bring back a sense of history, consider the use of the squares and how those can be improved, as well as looking at connectivity between different areas.

Thursday, 4th July, 2019 9:27am

By Peter Gruner with 3 readers' comments

All welcome to Vernon Square Summer Fayre

vernon square garden

The once derelict square, rescued by the Vernon Square Preservation Society in 1986, will open its gates to all for the summer fayre.

Thursday, 27th June, 2019 4:30pm

By Peter Gruner

Book now for classical concert featuring wide-ranging programme from 18th century baroque to 20th century film scores

james and siobhan

The concert will feature a wide-ranging selection the musicians hope will appeal to everyone, with 18th century baroque music, American jazz and classical White House favourite Earl Wild, and film composer Richard Rodney Bennett.

Monday, 10th June, 2019 5:18pm

By Peter Gruner

Call for Royal Victoria Arcade to be listed as Asset of Community Value

Victoria aracade

Plans to have Royal Victoria Arcade listed as an Asset of Community Value are being supported by the current owner, who has cared for the property for 45 years.

Monday, 3rd June, 2019 10:46am

By Peter Gruner with one comment

New Ryde Mayor, Michael Lilley, highlights the Island’s poverty issues at Ryde Society AGM

michael lilley

There was much to report back on from the Ryde Society AGM, including update on Ryde Arena, Harbour and news of new arts centre.

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019 9:38am

By Peter Gruner with 2 readers' comments

Ryde resident parking permits could be ‘nightmare scenario’, says Cllr (updated)

Parking ticket machine:

Cllr Jordan believes the Isle of Wight "needs a proper parking strategy that is tailored to different areas". Cllr Whittle says the current strategy seems to work well.

Monday, 15th April, 2019 10:29am

By Peter Gruner with 4 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council leader presents ‘upbeat message’ for Ryde

view down union street, Ryde

Residents say they were pleased to hear the leader of the council hadn’t personally agreed to any plans to build on the town’s seafront. Catch up with the rest of the discussion in Peter's report.

Tuesday, 19th March, 2019 1:32pm

By Peter Gruner with one comment

‘Lively discussion’ expected when Council leader attends Ryde public meeting

royal esplanade hotel - ryde

An opportunity to meet Council leader, Cllr Dave Stewart, at the Ryde Society meeting on Monday "is not something we often get, and no doubt there will be a lively discussion", says the Chair.

Friday, 15th March, 2019 10:25am

By Peter Gruner with one comment

Ryde Town Council agree way forward for Ryde Harbour

ryde harbour wall by les lockhart

In front of a packed meeting last night, Ryde Town Council discussed the possibility of buying the scenic harbour. Details of what was agreed within.

Tuesday, 29th January, 2019 1:22pm

By Peter Gruner

Ryde Harbour: Public encouraged to support town council purchase

Ryde harbour by Les Lockhart

Ryde residents are encouraged to attend Monday night's town council meeting to show support for the Ryde Town Council to purchase the Harbour from the Isle of Wight council.

Sunday, 27th January, 2019 4:27pm

By Peter Gruner with one comment

‘Son of God’ gibe leads to Cllr Whittle labelled ‘vacuous child’ as residents clash with councillors at Ryde Regeneration meeting

royal-esplanade-hotel-ryde with whittle and icke

There was standing room only at last night's Ryde Society meeting as residents clashed with Isle of Wight councillors over regeneration plans. Read the report from the meeting.

Tuesday, 15th January, 2019 5:06pm

By Peter Gruner with 11 readers' comments