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.

Isle of Wight on-street EV charging on the way: Find out where they will be and how much have IWC received in grants to install them

electric vehicle charging

On-street charging is vital for the future of electric vehicle (EV) use on the Isle of Wight - some planned before March. News OnTheWight has found out from the council what their plans are

Wednesday, 11th November, 2020 6:50pm

By Simon Perry with 6 readers' comments

Shock that prior to Lockdown #2 announcement, Bob Seely wasn’t opposed to Tier 2 and 3 residents visiting the Isle of Wight

coaches on ferry

Chris Jarman was concerned that people from Tier 2 and 3 areas were travelling to spend time on the Island, so he asked Bob Seely his view on it. He was shocked by the MP’s response

Monday, 2nd November, 2020 6:41pm

By Simon Perry with 15 readers' comments

European Marine Energy Centre joins forces with PTEC for large-scale tidal energy site off the Isle of Wight

PTEC tidal flows

The long-running PTEC story has sprung back into life, on the signing of a new agreement with an Orkney-based company, promising a large-scale tidal energy site off the Isle of Wight. Here are all the new details so far

Monday, 2nd November, 2020 2:15pm

By Simon Perry with 13 readers' comments

Watch Sam Pilgrim crown ‘Ventnor – The place to urban downhill’, as professional mountain bikers ride the steps

at the top of st albans steps

This video of Professionals riding bikes down Ventnor steps will get you gasping, as they ride from the top of the town - down staircases(!) - right down to the beach. Clearly not for your everyday rider

Monday, 2nd November, 2020 12:59pm

By Simon Perry with 3 readers' comments

Second lockdown: Small businesses need financial support say FSB

support button on computer keyboard

Second wave restrictions require a second wave of support for Hampshire and Isle of Wight small businesses, and those who have had no support, like company directors, need to be included say the Federation of Small Businesses

Monday, 2nd November, 2020 9:17am

By Simon Perry

FB6 deep dive #5: This is what it costs to run the Floating Bridge service. Here are the last two years of costs broken down

floating bridge 6 in the River Medina approaching East Cowes slipway

We have already published the details of all the Floating Bridge income for the last two years - now we’ve got the last two years’ worth of costs for you - broken down into each section. You might find some figures surprising

Friday, 30th October, 2020 12:10pm

By Simon Perry with 3 readers' comments

IOW Tours – After 30+ years in the business, Covid forcing them to close

IOW Tours Coach

Covid-19 has taken away the business of IOW Tours, the award-winning Isle of Wight holiday company. As the sad news hits, News OnTheWight spoke to the woman who led the much-loved company for over 30 years.

Friday, 9th October, 2020 6:47am

By Simon Perry with one comment

Government won’t reveal how many Mainlanders are coming to Isle of Wight for Covid-19 testing

nsal swab in drive through test centre

News OnTheWight has been seeking from Government the number of Mainlanders who have self-diagnosed with Covid-19 that are travelling on ferries to the Isle of Wight for testing. They won’t say. Red Funnel were more forthcoming

Tuesday, 22nd September, 2020 8:36am

By Simon Perry with 14 readers' comments

Isle of Wight ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ latest list: 11th August 2020 (updated)

Waiter standing by restaurant door with ipad

Twenty new Isle of Wight venues added and four drop out in our latest Eat Out to Help Out info – News OnTheWight’s popular, single, sort-able list. The simple way to find where to get your 50% meal discount

Tuesday, 11th August, 2020 11:42am

By Simon Perry

Eat Out to Help Out: Every Isle of Wight business (200+) taking part – in a single, simple list (update 4)

People sitting in a restaurant eating lunch

Here are all 200+ Isle of Wight ‘Eat out to help out’ businesses, in a single, sort-able list - brought together by News OnTheWight to make it simple to find where you can get your 50% discount

Tuesday, 4th August, 2020 12:29pm

By Simon Perry with one comment

What’s the Isle of Wight sailing race on today 1st August 2020?

Scaramouche on the Solent by Lou Johnson

If you're wondering, "What's the Isle of Wight sailing race on today?" we've got you covered

Saturday, 1st August, 2020 3:16pm

By Simon Perry

What is it about the Government hiding the results of the Isle of Wight Contact Tracing App trial?

child hiding behind hands

It appears that it’s not just news publications that are being kept away from answers to what seem like simple questions about the Isle of Wight Contact Tracing App trial. Here’s an exchange from Parliament yesterday

Friday, 10th July, 2020 5:49pm

By Simon Perry with 10 readers' comments