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.

Ryde Arena: Watch video exploring inside the abandoned Ice Rink

Exploring Inside Ryde Arena Ice Rink - Isle of Wight

We all see the Ryde Arena - It's so massive it's hard to miss - but what's it like inside now? Watch this video shot by the adventurers who have been inside. OnTheWight also chats to them asking, "Can it be saved?"

Monday, 19th February, 2018 7:00pm

By Simon Perry with 6 readers' comments

Isle of Wight car parking just got easier

Parking ticket machine:

A new way to pay for parking on the Isle of Wight has just been switched on - one of the first places in the UK to have it.

Tuesday, 30th January, 2018 10:55am

By Simon Perry with 9 readers' comments

Isle of Wight roadworks and road closures 10th January 2018

Avenue Road

If you’re out and about on Isle of Wight roads today (10th January) find out more about possible travel delays by looking at our list of Isle of Wight roadworks and road closures.

Wednesday, 10th January, 2018 7:36am

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments

50+ ambulance patients wait up to an hour before admitted to St Mary’s in December (Updated)


Data reveals that more than 50 Isle of Wight NHS Trust emergency patients arriving by ambulance were forced to wait up to an hour before being admitted to St Mary's during December. Some for even longer. OnTheWight has the details.

Friday, 5th January, 2018 1:01pm

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments

Floating bridge report snuck out while everyone distracted (Updated)

disembarking the floating bridge - karl love

Report published. Technical details missing, due to legal issues we're told. It's "not about apportioning blame" says council leader, Dave Stewart. The 28 pages will take a while to read.

Friday, 29th December, 2017 6:13pm

By Simon Perry with 5 readers' comments

Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely flexes non-conventional Russian warfare knowledge

bob seely in parliament

Bob's previous research of Russian non-conventional warfare came to the fore with calls from him for the creation of a new powerful government committee to monitor Russian manoeuvring.

Friday, 22nd December, 2017 3:10pm

By Simon Perry with 7 readers' comments

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