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 publishes Foreign Aid report seeking to change UK approach to funding

bob seely in parliament

The Global Britain: A Twenty-First Century Vision report, co-authored by Bob Seely, and published today, pitches that the UK's approach to Overseas Aid should be radially overhauled.

Monday, 11th February, 2019 12:41pm

By Simon Perry with 8 readers' comments

New Traffic lights bring improvements for motorists and the town alike

Ventnor traffic Lights - Amber

The change to the set of traffic lights have brought benefits for all. They could be coming to a town near you.

Thursday, 7th February, 2019 8:43am

By Simon Perry with one comment

After 20+ years, the County Press has changed its Web address

county press new url

Having first registered their domain name back in 1998, some 20+ years later the Isle of Wight newspaper have now changed their Web address.

Thursday, 31st January, 2019 2:34pm

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments

‘Deluded Dave’: Islanders react to Dave Stewart’s ‘What we’ve achieved on the Island so far’ column

Dave Stewart

After two years of being in power at Isle of Wight council, Dave Stewart has listed three specific things in his 'What we've achieved on the Island so far' column. The public's reaction is an eye-opener.

Wednesday, 30th January, 2019 6:38pm

By Simon Perry with 14 readers' comments

Closure of Gurnard beach by council ‘indefinite’, unless …

Gurnard beach closed

There's quite a bit of concern in Gurnard about a beach that's access has been blocked by a newly constructed fence. OnTheWight has been pulling the pieces together to better understand it.

Thursday, 17th January, 2019 9:15am

By Simon Perry with 3 readers' comments

Ventnor Boxing Day Swim 2018 (Video)

Boxing Day Swim Ventnor 2018

Mild weather led to large numbers of swimmers at this year’s Ventnor Boxing Day Swim 2018. A wide variety of people taking part as you can see in the video

Wednesday, 26th December, 2018 4:12pm

By Simon Perry with one comment

Come visit Shop OnTheWight’s Popup on Sunday – In a real shop!

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This weekend will be your last chance to buy 'Make Vectis Gurt Again' T-shirts this year! We're doing a PopUp - come and say Hi and buy.

Friday, 21st December, 2018 4:56pm

By Simon Perry

Isle of Wight NHS not sure how many fax machines they have ATM

fax machine

At the weekend, Matt Hancock MP, declared he would rid the NHS of fax machines by 2020, replacing them with the latest thing: email. OnTheWight finds out whether the Isle of Wight has 'Axed the Fax'.

Thursday, 13th December, 2018 7:52am

By Simon Perry with 6 readers' comments

Gollum Brexit video ‘We wants it’ breaks 1 million views under two days

we wants it video

A video written and directed by Dominic Minghella, originally released on his Island Pictures Website, has become an online sensation. Watch here.

Tuesday, 11th December, 2018 9:19pm

By Simon Perry with one comment

Why is Isle of Wight council spending £41k a year on Amazon? Better to spend locally says Island Labour

Amazon warehouse in Spain

Island Labour say that in 2015 the Isle of Wight council signed an accord with the Island Federation of Small Businesses which pledged to, where possible, use small businesses to provide goods and services, but in the last year they have spent £41,000 with Amazon.

Saturday, 8th December, 2018 11:09am

By Simon Perry with 16 readers' comments

Legal papers filed with High Court re Bembridge PC and 5/7 High St sale

5-7 high street bembridge

The long-running dispute that's been engulfing Bembridge for the last couple of years has now reached its next level of seriousness.

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 12:51pm

By Simon Perry with 11 readers' comments

Isle of Wight-developed BAE SAMPSON radar system excels when 17 Russian jets showed ‘Brazen Hostility’ to HMS Duncan, Type 45 Destroyer

HMS Duncan exterior - Warship: Life at Sea - Channel 5 - Artlab Films - @mark_tatts on Twitter

This evening (Monday) you can watch the Isle of Wight-developed SAMPSON radar system protect the UK's most advanced warship, Type-45 Destroyer, against a raid on it by 17 Russian fighter aircraft.

Monday, 3rd December, 2018 1:07pm

By Simon Perry with one comment