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.

Bob Seely changes plans and steps down from Isle of Wight council (update 2)

bob seely standing portrait

One month after his election, Bob said he'd be standing down as an IWC councillor "in a year or two". The surprise news today - he'll be gone before Christmas. Here's what we know.

Friday, 8th December, 2017 11:55am

By Simon Perry with 4 readers' comments

OnTheWight: Back at the forefront of next wave of automated article creation

Robots and Ape by andralphhogaboom

After pioneering automated article creation with Tony Hirst 2+ years ago, OnTheWight is now working with Press Association (PA)/Urbs.

Wednesday, 6th December, 2017 11:45am

By Simon Perry with one comment

Sandham Gardens to be leased to The Needles Park owner by Sandown Town Council

Sandown council have created the conditions where the owner of the Needles Park can lease Sandham Gardens. A public consultation takes place later this month.

Wednesday, 15th November, 2017 9:49am

By Simon Perry with one comment

New Startup Centre planned for the Isle to Wight

laptop computer

Begin your thinking on new technology startup ideas. A Startup Centre is coming to the Isle of Wight.

Wednesday, 8th November, 2017 10:56am

By Simon Perry with 3 readers' comments

See Norris Castle, East Cowes from above and inside (Video)

Norris Castle exploration video

It's hard to even catch a glimpse of the tall walls of Norris Castle from the outside. This video gives a view from above then delves inside of the building, as the mysterious cameraman passes from room to room discovering what's been left.

Friday, 3rd November, 2017 6:21pm

By Simon Perry with one comment

Dropping Godshill’s speed limit to 20mph only one step away

20mph sign

The speed limit in Godshill is one small step away from becoming 20mph. It's got support from the local councillor and Parish council - but the Police objected to it.

Friday, 20th October, 2017 5:46pm

By Simon Perry with 8 readers' comments

OnTheWight: Comment voting is back! (Updated)

Upgrade to OnTheWight comments

Hurrah! Your ability to vote on readers' comments has returned to OnTheWight. You've cast nearly a MILLION votes over the years, so we've invested 45+ hours to find the right solution for today.

Monday, 16th October, 2017 1:04pm

By Simon Perry with 4 readers' comments

Dinosaur Isle’s future uncertain as Isle of Wight council explores options

Dinosaur Isle

The council are actively pitching around for 'partners' to take it over. What's unclear is why this is happening when the Friends of Dinosaur Isle have been trying to take it off the council's hands for eight years.

Thursday, 12th October, 2017 6:52pm

By Simon Perry with 12 readers' comments

St. Mary’s Hospital car parking and road changes: FAQ

St mary's hospital

If you had any questions about the changes to St Mary's hospital parking, or the changes to road layout on their site (like the 'rat runs'), you could well find an answer here.

Monday, 25th September, 2017 5:04pm

By Simon Perry with 5 readers' comments

Shambles: Isle of Wight council clueless on number of Floating Bridge phone complaints

call centre - playmobile

Just when you thought the Isle of Wight council had reached the peak of their incompetency with the Floating Bridge fiasco, an OnTheWight investigation reveals IWC have no idea how many people have been phoning them to complain about it.

Wednesday, 20th September, 2017 6:56pm

By Simon Perry with 10 readers' comments

Ryde ice rink: AEW tell MP the kids can’t use it

Link the Rink by Andrew Nordbruch

There'll be wide disappointment the Ryde Ice Rink won't be coming back into use while the future of the arena is decided.

Tuesday, 22nd August, 2017 6:13pm

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments

Island Line handed over to South Western Railway at 2am: New Logo too

New Island Line logo

It's official. Island Line has now been taken over by a new company. Free WiFi at Island Line stations are among the promised improvements. There's a new logo too.

Sunday, 20th August, 2017 12:49pm

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments