First meeting of new Isle of Wight council: Live coverage

Follow the action from the first meeting of the Isle of Wight council from the comfort of your sofa. We drive to Newport and back so you don’t have to – and we report live from the council chamber.

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Tonight (Wednesday) sees the last first meeting of the 40 newly elected/re-elected Isle of Wight councillors since the 4th May local elections.

Members will be discussing:

  • Constitutional changes: Reduction in number of full council meetings, return of delegated decisions, ‘call in’ decision in the hands of Chair of Scrutiny, removal of named votes, as well as removal of executive member reports and questions at full council.
  • Prayers: Cllr Geoff Brodie (formerly Lumley) has submitted a motion to end prayers as as a formal part of the meeting, instead agreeing prayers be offered before the formal opening of Full Council.
  • Sandown Bay Academy: Following the meeting there will be an Extra-Ordinary meeting of the full council to discuss the motion relating to Sandown Bay Academy.

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Wednesday, 17th May, 2017 5:45pm

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7 Comments

  1. steephilljack


    17.May.2017 8:32pm

    As was to be expected, the Conservatives are closing down debate and accountability so we can expect the worst from here on.
    Cllr Stewart seems to have lots in common with President Trump.

  2. eastcowes


    17.May.2017 9:18pm

    Chris Whitehouse appears to be a bully beyond Trump’s level if he not only won’t engage with the press (OTW), but also says that they don’t exist. Spot on, OTW – he regularly engages with you through Twitter and has on On The Wight’s comments section. He should be forced to be held accountable for such comments.

  3. Geoff Brodie


    18.May.2017 8:49am

    As ever, an excellent account of the meeting. Just two things:

    1. I don’t recall ever feeling ‘tortured’ by anyone when chairing a meeting (see 20.15)

    2. Cllr Seely slipped out after the mid-meeting soiree at 7.05pm for the ‘great and good’, maintaining his lack of commitment to representing his residents at County Hall. As usual I did not attend the soiree, considering it to be an insult to all those who have to visit foodbanks to get a meal.

  4. Great coverage as always guys. I do feel for you at times having to sit through some of that rubbish in order to keep us updated. I watched the event on the IW Radio live feed and several things struck me:-

    1.How many of the Council are middle aged men, the lack of diversity is a little worrying to say the least.

    2.At times the meeting resembled a fancy dress party, really in this day and age is it really necessary for all these non-elected officials to prance around in ridiculous costumes anymore?

    3.The Chamber could really do with some new wallpaper!

    There was one councillor who commented several times who seems to have escaped your updates though. The Councillor has been quoted on other news sites though.

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