After cross-training as a journalist 10+ years ago, Simon has been living and breathing news ever since. He would love to see more of the beautiful Island he lives on, but spends far too much time relaying the news of the Isle of Wight to the Islanders.

More details of Southampton’s Clean Air Zone vehicle charging revealed

Southampton CAZ proposed area - April 2017

Southampton's Clean Air Zone could have quite an impact for Islanders. Some of the details of it were held back yesterday, but here's the extra info that we learnt from the council's leader on BBC Solent this morning.

Tuesday, 19th June, 2018 11:27am

By Simon Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes artwork now installed at IBM UK HQ

Ferry Lights by Deborah Davies at IBM South Bank

An artwork commissioned for the Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes exhibition has now been installed at IBM's headquarters on London's Southbank. They too, can watch the IW ferries crossing the Solent.

Thursday, 14th June, 2018 1:19pm

By Simon Perry with one comment

Major redesign of route through Portsmouth to the ferry at advanced stage

Rerouting of the A3 through Portsmouth

The rerouting of the A3 through Portsmouth (to ferry) is at an advanced stage. If passed, extensive roadworks would follow. Once completed getting to the Wightlink ferry should be much smoother.

Sunday, 20th May, 2018 6:53pm

By Simon Perry with 25 readers' comments

Isle of Wight authored GDPR book gives practical steps to compliance

computer keyboard and paperwork

If you've tried to get your business ready for GDPR, you'll probably be desperate for clear guidance on how to get it working well. Alistair Dickinson of Isle of Wight-based MyCRM has just the thing.

Thursday, 10th May, 2018 6:46pm

By Simon Perry

Isle of Wight Randonnee course map 2018: Detail

If you're looking to watch or avoid the Isle of Wight Randonnee, here's a map of the course in detail.

Sunday, 6th May, 2018 12:41pm

By Simon Perry

Concept designs reveal radical rethink on Ryde: See the drawings

Ryde Gateway Plans

OnTheWight has internal Isle of Wight council documents showing concepts to how Ryde Esplanade might be redeveloped. Some of them are pretty radical.

Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018 1:47pm

By Simon Perry with 6 readers' comments

Town Clerk leaves room and drives away when asked to apologise for ‘Scum’ comment

talk to the hand

A member of the public asked the Town Clerk if they would apologise for calling Sandown residents 'Scum'. She refused, stood up and drove off.

Tuesday, 1st May, 2018 12:21pm

By Simon Perry with 13 readers' comments

Developer pulls out of huge Ryde redevelopment: Exclusive (Updated)

Harcourt Sands

The developer of the 2.8 acre site in Ryde, who has been working on the project for six years, has now pulled out.

Friday, 27th April, 2018 6:14pm

By Simon Perry with 6 readers' comments

12 Wightlink sailings cancelled over Friday and Monday: See the detail

Portsmouth Fishbourne Wightlink route

Wightlink have cancelled 12 car ferry sailings - four tomorrow (Friday) and eight on Monday (23rd). Here's the list.

Thursday, 19th April, 2018 6:56pm

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight has largest number of owners fined for unchipped dogs – but fines are lowest (Updated)

dog eyes

A third of the dog owners fined across the UK for not having their dogs chipped (now required by law) are on the Isle of Wight.

Wednesday, 11th April, 2018 4:09pm

By Simon Perry with 6 readers' comments

New Isle of Wight Conservative Association Deputy Chairman resigns after just one week

wendy murwill

One of the newly-elected Isle of Wight Conservative Association's Deputy Chairmen has already resigned - one week in. Wendy Murwill didn't even make it as far as the first Officers' meeting.

Tuesday, 10th April, 2018 9:35pm

By Simon Perry with 13 readers' comments

More ways for you to interact with Readers’ comments

New style readers' comment box

Having pioneered Readers' comments on Isle of Wight news stories 10+ years ago, OnTheWight now launches a new feature so you can find which articles are attracting the most comments and which comments are getting the greatest reaction.

Saturday, 7th April, 2018 2:04pm

By Simon Perry with 3 readers' comments