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.

Big tree branch down: Blocks road and envelops car (HD photos)

Trinity Road Ventnor - Tree Down - Aug 2017

HD photos show quite how lucky a car was after a major branch of a large tree fell and blocked a road today.

Thursday, 3rd August, 2017 12:08pm

By Simon Perry

Ryde School planning application has just been rejected (Update 4)

ryde schol boarding plans

The application by Ryde school to build a new accommodation building has just been voted on by the Isle of Wight council planning committee.

Tuesday, 1st August, 2017 5:18pm

By Simon Perry with 6 readers' comments

Britain’s Got Talent’s auditions are coming close to Isle of Wight

Britain's got talent queues:

Britain’s Got Talent are auditioning in August. Here's where you can audition near to the Isle of Wight.

Monday, 31st July, 2017 2:50pm

By Simon Perry

Isle of Wight MP states: Ferry companies prioritised shareholders over needs of Islanders (updated)

bob seely

The new Isle of Wight MP states that today's TITF report "provides evidence that the firms’ shareholders have been prioritised over the needs of Islanders."

Wednesday, 26th July, 2017 11:28am

By Simon Perry with 11 readers' comments

Ventnor Men in Sheds new shop home: Official opening

Men in Sheds Ventnor Shop front

Men in Sheds become Men in Shops. Join the Ventnor branch for the official opening of their new shop home. If you're not tempted by the 3D printer, the rumors of bacon rolls are likely to get you.

Friday, 21st July, 2017 7:31pm

By Simon Perry

Developers offered six large sites by Isle of Wight council

ryde - gateway

The Isle of Wight council has just offered developers six large sites around the Island - two in Ryde, two in Newport, Sandown and Shanklin. OnTheWight has the details.

Thursday, 20th July, 2017 5:02pm

By Simon Perry with 10 readers' comments

Isle of Wight man now head of technology at IBM UK

Andy Stanford-Clark sitting on a shell at Blackgang

In tech terms, this role is top of the tree. An innovator in many different areas, this week IBM picked Isle of Wight resident Andy to being their CTO.

Friday, 14th July, 2017 7:50pm

By Simon Perry with 3 readers' comments

Large sections of the front a house in Ventnor have fallen off: Photos

Alexander gardens collapse -two wide

Large sections of the front a house in Ventnor have fallen off. The fire service, concerned, cleared the Winter Gardens car park below.

Tuesday, 11th July, 2017 10:15pm

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments

County Press sale: Isle of Wight request to pause sale goes unanswered

halt sign

Fearing the quality of the County Press will suffer if Mainland regional news mammoth Newsquest takes it over, an Isle of Wight businessman is asking for the sale to be delayed to build a bid, but his request is going unanswered.

Wednesday, 5th July, 2017 10:16am

By Simon Perry with 7 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Festival 2018 and Round the Island Race 2018 dates to clash

Bestival 2013 Frank Tope by Victor Frankowski

Whoops! Two big Isle of Wight events are set to clash on the same weekend in June next year.

Tuesday, 4th July, 2017 8:27pm

By Simon Perry with one comment

Huge backlog on Portsmouth route currently

Huge queues in Portsmouth for the ferry due to earlier delays.

Friday, 30th June, 2017 6:56pm

By Simon Perry with 5 readers' comments

Finally: Isle of Wight council starts answering Floating Bridge questions

floating bridge

For reasons only known to themselves, Isle of Wight council has been quiet on questions asked by OnTheWight and others about the floating bridge. They've finally answered some through their FAQs. Here they are ...

Wednesday, 21st June, 2017 4:16pm

By Simon Perry with 24 readers' comments