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.

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

Isle of Wight County Press: Mainland company trying to buy it outright

cp masthead

The previously-independently-owned Isle of Wight County Press has had an offer from a national media group that owns 150+ local newspapers to buy it. The CP's CEO says, "The directors are unanimous in recommending to shareholders that they accept the offer." Here's what we know.

Monday, 19th June, 2017 5:03pm

By Simon Perry with 15 readers' comments

More Isle of Wight council secrecy over Floating bridge unveiled


After OnTheWight exposed yesterday that Isle of Wight council officers are not answering questions reasonable questions about the Floating Bridge, more secrecy has just come to light. Here's the email that lays it on the line.

Thursday, 8th June, 2017 3:25pm

By Simon Perry with 8 readers' comments

If you didn’t vote at the last election, you could be one of the most powerful people on the Isle of Wight

'Didn't vote' holds Isle of Wight power with angled message

Those who didn't vote in 2015 election are the largest and most powerful group on the Isle of Wight - If they register, then vote. If that's you, here's how to flex that power - Just do it before midnight!

Monday, 22nd May, 2017 6:17pm

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments

Conservative-majority drops yearly leadership elections at Isle of Wight council

dave stewart

The Conservatives have, as one of their first acts following their landslide victory at the Isle of Wight council elections, dropped yearly Leader elections, choosing to elect one leader for four years instead.

Wednesday, 17th May, 2017 9:43pm

By Simon Perry with 3 readers' comments

Lord Graham Perks? That’s what Isle of Wight Council’s Website says

'Lord' Graham Perks - on iwight

Somehow the Isle of Wight council Website is displaying the Ventnor East Conservative councillor's name as Lord Graham Perks.

Tuesday, 9th May, 2017 6:43pm

By Simon Perry with 23 readers' comments

New floating bridge being attached to the Isle of Wight (photos)

Floating Bridge No 6

After all of the build up, the new Floating bridge is currently being attached to its chains on the East Cowes side. Allan Marsh has taken some great photos of it.

Wednesday, 3rd May, 2017 11:20am

By Simon Perry with 7 readers' comments

Concern as Cllr Ian Ward Retweets ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson

ian ward

Ian Ward, a past Chairman of the Isle of Wight council and current IW Conservative Chairman, has received criticism over his Retweet of Tommy Robinson, the notorious ex-leader of EDL.

Saturday, 22nd April, 2017 3:23pm

By Simon Perry with 70 readers' comments

Election Website launch: Find out all about your local council candidates (Update 2)

election site

Find out more about the people who are looking to represent you on the Isle of Wight council for the next four years. Read on our new election site what they have to say about themselves and how they answer four topical questions.

Thursday, 20th April, 2017 6:43pm

By Simon Perry with 40 readers' comments

Andrew Turner will run in June General Election his office assures OnTheWight

Andrew Turner - looking to his side

The wording of the current Isle of Wight MP's statement on whether he would run again at the June General election was a little inconclusive when issued yesterday, so OnTheWight sought clarity.

Wednesday, 19th April, 2017 6:56am

By Simon Perry with 22 readers' comments

Daily £20 fee could be charged to diesel drivers going through Southampton

diesel exhaust by emcclay

The talk of 'toxin tax' is now building a head of steam with the Prime Minister commenting on it, but what will it mean for those travelling on and off the Isle of Wight?

Wednesday, 5th April, 2017 9:00am

By Simon Perry with 28 readers' comments

Council Chairman jumps to the Conservatives. Cllr Perks too

Charles Chapman not blurred

Isle of Wight council chairman Charles Chapman and UKIP Ventnor publican Graham Perks have declared they'll run as Conservative candidates in the May elections.

Friday, 31st March, 2017 8:10pm

By Simon Perry with 78 readers' comments