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.

12 Wightlink sailings cancelled over Friday and Monday: See the detail

Portsmouth Fishbourne Wightlink route

Wightlink have cancelled 12 car ferry sailings - four tomorrow (Friday) and eight on Monday (23rd). Here's the list.

Thursday, 19th April, 2018 6:56pm

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight has largest number of owners fined for unchipped dogs – but fines are lowest (Updated)

dog eyes

A third of the dog owners fined across the UK for not having their dogs chipped (now required by law) are on the Isle of Wight.

Wednesday, 11th April, 2018 4:09pm

By Simon Perry with 6 readers' comments

New Isle of Wight Conservative Association Deputy Chairman resigns after just one week

wendy murwill

One of the newly-elected Isle of Wight Conservative Association's Deputy Chairmen has already resigned - one week in. Wendy Murwill didn't even make it as far as the first Officers' meeting.

Tuesday, 10th April, 2018 9:35pm

By Simon Perry with 13 readers' comments

More ways for you to interact with Readers’ comments

New style readers' comment box

Having pioneered Readers' comments on Isle of Wight news stories 10+ years ago, OnTheWight now launches a new feature so you can find which articles are attracting the most comments and which comments are getting the greatest reaction.

Saturday, 7th April, 2018 2:04pm

By Simon Perry with 3 readers' comments

Women paid less at Isle of Wight Council, their own figures show

gender pay gap

OnTheWight has discovered the council's Gender Pay Gap Report. There are significantly more women working for the council than men and women's hourly rates are lower. The council claim it's not down to them paying differently for the same or equivalent work.

Wednesday, 4th April, 2018 1:51pm

By Simon Perry with 3 readers' comments

Show your support for the Isle of Wight NHS – and keep the portrait

protect the nhs

Simon Wells is opening an invitation to all Islanders to visit his photographic studio this bank holiday weekend and have their portrait taken with a frame saying “Protect the IOW’s NHS”. OnTheWight has details of how to take part. The more photos, the stronger the voice.

Saturday, 31st March, 2018 10:44am

By Simon Perry

LIVE Isle of Wight snow, schools, travel updates and more: 19th March 2018

Snow on the Isle of Wight

Bringing you the latest news for Monday’s Isle of Wight info on school closures, roads and cross-Solent travel during the bad weather.

Monday, 19th March, 2018 6:14am

By Simon Perry with one comment

BBC listen to Islanders and change weather map to re-reveal Isle of Wight

weather screen

The BBC listened! After the BBC redid their TV weather map, the Isle of Wight was covered up by the 'Plymouth' label. OnTheWight got in touch with the BBC (as did Twitter users) to plead for the Island's return. It's worked.

Sunday, 18th March, 2018 8:19pm

By Simon Perry

Sandown Town Council staff refuse to distribute formal notes from Friday’s Town Meeting


Staff at Sandown Town Council have refused to distribute the formal notes taken at last Friday’s publicly-called Town Meeting OnTheWight has been informed. “Head in the sand” is the accusation. You can read them here in full.

Saturday, 17th March, 2018 10:56am

By Simon Perry with 10 readers' comments

Newport bus station re-jig: New location of bus routes and some Stands re-lettered (Map)

New Newport Bus Station layout 2018

Do you use the bus station in Newport? Here are the details of the big ol' rejig Southern Vectis are doing of where buses leave from Newport bus station and re-lettering some of the Stands. A big map and details enclosed.

Wednesday, 14th March, 2018 8:52pm

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments

Here’s the detail of all of the Isle of Wight car parking fee increases (Updated)

Cars parked in a car park

The council are putting up car parking fees, but don't seem to have told anyone the detail. Find out how much the Isle of Wight car parks that you use are going up by in price - OnTheWight has them all.

Tuesday, 13th March, 2018 12:17pm

By Simon Perry with 10 readers' comments

UK 5G testbed bid winners announced

5g graphic

The Government reveals the six 5G testbed areas across the UK that have been selected to share in the £25m funding - and what each hopes to achieve.

Saturday, 10th March, 2018 11:00am

By Simon Perry with 4 readers' comments