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If you want to find out more about the issues that affect our environment, this is where they’ll be. Whether it’s details of the latest asphalt plant, bio-mass plant or wind turbine application, we lay out the facts and let you share your opinion.

Big Butterfly Count 2017: Sir David’s appeal for Islanders to take part

Sir David Attenborough launches the Big Butterfly Count 2015, at London Wetland Centre, on 17 July 2015.

Last year was the fourth worst on record for butterflies and Sir David Attenborough is urging people on the Isle of Wight to take part in the Big Butterfly Count survey between now and 6th August.

Monday, 17th July, 2017 8:58am

By Katie Callaghan with one comment

PTEC project that council invested £1m in now on hold

PTEC-Underwater-turbines - and keplar scheme

Without the "financial support mechanism" in place, officers say it would be unwise to move forward with the scheme, so the Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre (PTEC) which promised skilled jobs and renewable energy is on hold. It's unclear whether the council will ever see the return of their £1m unsecured loan.

Wednesday, 12th July, 2017 9:43am

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Innovative ideas for ‘active travel’ rewarded

long tandem

The Isle of Wight Council is inviting potential innovators to bid for an Active Travel Innovation Grant

Tuesday, 27th June, 2017 1:56pm

By IW Council Press Office with 11 readers' comments

All change for gasification plant after sub-contractor goes out of business

gasification plant

The gasification plant was to be refurbed as part of a 25 year, £225m waste contract with Amey. After the sub-contractor went out of business an alternative had to be found. OnTheWight has the details.

Monday, 19th June, 2017 5:40pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight council ban on balloon releases


The Isle of Wight council are now registered with the Marine Conservation Society's list of councils supporting the balloon release ban.

Monday, 12th June, 2017 6:03pm

By Sarah Marshall with 5 readers' comments

From Australia to the Isle of Wight – how to ‘defeat the fossil fuel industry’

bentley effect

There's a free screening and Q&A session of The Bentley Effect on Sunday.

Tuesday, 6th June, 2017 4:36pm

By Sylvia May

Isle of Wight Green candidate launches the Green Guarantee Manifesto

Vix Lowthion in Church Litten

Vix Lowthion sets out the Isle of Wight Green Party's plans for their Green Guarantee, including Beacon status for the Island as a centre of renewable energy engineering.

Monday, 22nd May, 2017 6:04pm

By Sally Perry with 46 readers' comments

Fracking campaigners express ‘outrage’ at Conservative Party manifesto

frack free campaigners

Frack Free Isle of Wight are calling on every Conservative Party member, supporter, donor, Councillor, MP, prospective MP and voter to demand Theresa May rescind the proposed planning policy for non-fracking wells with immediate effect.

Monday, 22nd May, 2017 10:04am

By Sylvia Knight with 4 readers' comments

Vix Lowthion’s Isle of Wight election campaign supported by Jo Cox-inspired movement

Caroline Lucas and Vix Lowthion

Isle of Wight Green Party leader, Vix Lowthion, is one of twelve general election candidates from across the country that will receive financial support from the crowdfunded campaign set up following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by a right-wing fanatic.

Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017 8:07am

By Sally Perry with 25 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Green candidate says let’s fight Conservatives together

Vix Lowthion - green scarf

The Isle of Wight Green Party Parliamentary Candidate has written to local progressive party leaders (Labour, Liberal Democrat, Independents), asking them to embrace a new way forward for politics on the Island.

Tuesday, 18th April, 2017 2:17pm

By Vix Lowthion with 76 readers' comments

Time-lapse Isle of Wight (night and day)

time lapse video stilll jamie russell - bluebells

Sit back and enjoy two stunning time-lapse videos of our beautiful Isle of Wight landscapes. Shared with us by Jamie Russell and Margaret Smith.

Monday, 17th April, 2017 10:49am

By Sally Perry

‘Pay as you throw’ for commercial waste now in place at Lynnbottom

builders waste

Lynnbottom Recycling Centre will operate on a ‘pay as you throw’ basis for commercial waste from this week with different charges depending on the type of waste or recycling being disposed of.

Tuesday, 4th April, 2017 12:16pm

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments