News from the centre

If you’re interested in news from around the centre of the Island, this is the place to find it.

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Six Isle of Wight schools up against each other in competition to win a playground sunshade

Drawing of sun shade in a school setting

Cast your vote for one of the six Isle of Wight schools to help give them a chance to win the sunshade

Tuesday, 20th April, 2021 9:35am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

All Isle of Wight party leaders oppose village school closure, except one

Chillerton and Rookley Primary School

Leaders of all political parties on the Isle of Wight have openly opposed the closure of Chillerton and Rookley School, apart from Dave Stewart of the Conservatives

Monday, 19th April, 2021 8:23am

By Keith Herbert with 4 readers' comments

Former Poundland and Civic Centre to become ‘Integrated Mental Health Hubs’

Happy Balloons

The NHS trust was awarded £3.2m in order to purchase the two buildings

Friday, 16th April, 2021 3:05pm

By Isle of Wight NHS Trust with 4 readers' comments

Revised plans for former football ground smaller and include second drive-through restaurant

Plans for St George's Way

South Coast Leisure say all but one of the units have confirmed tenants and the new plans are smaller than before

Friday, 16th April, 2021 8:51am

By Gavin Foster with 11 readers' comments

Naturezones: Book your place and enjoy a slice of tranquility at Nature Reserve and Wildlife Field Study Centre

Green open spaces at Naturezones

You'll need to book in advance to visit Naturezones, but it sounds like it'll be worth the visit

Tuesday, 13th April, 2021 10:11am

By Angela Hewitt with one comment

CPRE calls on candidates to pledge to seek lower housing targets in next Island Plan (updated)

Shoulder of Mutton site in Newport - Google Maps

The Isle of Wight CPRE - the countryside charity - are calling on candidates in the upcoming election to pledge to seek a lower housing target in the next Island Plan

Thursday, 8th April, 2021 7:24am

By Ian Wellby with 4 readers' comments

Alan Sugar’s high street property to become a restaurant and flats

Former brighthouse property now owned by alan sugar

Dividing up the property is thought to be the best option going forward

Wednesday, 7th April, 2021 8:14am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 9 readers' comments

Kid’s Easter colouring pack highlights ‘then and now’ in Newport

Newport then and now colouring pack

Once your kids have eaten their Easter eggs here's a colouring activity that will help them think about how the county town has changed

Sunday, 4th April, 2021 9:34am

By Sally Perry

Conservative plans for Newport are ‘half-baked, say Lib Dems

LibDems at county hall, Nick Stuart, Bob Blezzard and Andrew Garratt

The Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats believe the Conservative plans for a Riverside Quarter in Newport will accelerate the decline of retailing in the town

Saturday, 3rd April, 2021 9:00am

By Nick Stuart with 13 readers' comments

Before demolishing County Hall, restructure IW Council for 21st Century, say Our Island

Portrait of Jonathan Bacon - Nov 2020

Jonathan Bacon from Our Island says "We need to get our local economy functioning first and only then look at the housing"

Friday, 2nd April, 2021 5:45pm

By Jonathan Bacon with 7 readers' comments

‘Riverside Quarter’ plan is kneejerk reaction say Island Labour

Richard Quigley in Cowes

Island Labour say the 'Riverside Quarter' plans from the Conservatives are "another knee jerk reaction"

Friday, 2nd April, 2021 2:45pm

By Richard Quigley with 4 readers' comments

Conservative plan for new ‘Riverside Quarter’ declares the obvious and misses what’s needed, say Green Party

Vix in Upper St James Street

Chair of Isle of Wight Green Party shares their views on the Conservatives' new plan for Newport

Friday, 2nd April, 2021 1:34pm

By Vix Lowthion with 2 readers' comments