News from the centre

If you’re interested in news from around the centre of the Island, this is the place to find it. If you’ve got a story lead, or have news from your part of the Island that you’d like us to share with our readers, get in touch.

Isle of Wight council committee defends consultation for UKOG oil drilling planning application

Trees outside County Hall

The planning committee rejected a motion calling for the public consultation surrounding the application for oil drilling in Arreton to be withdrawn and reintroduced at a different time

Wednesday, 23rd September, 2020 6:19pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 16 readers' comments

If you have a complaint about impact of St Mary’s roundabout roadworks write directly to Cllr Ward, he says

Cllr Ian Ward and Andrew Tunnicliffe from Island Roads

Cllr Ian Ward says he has his 'finger on the pulse' about St Mary's roundabout and has only received one letter of complaint. He asks residents to write directly to him if they have concerns or queries.

Tuesday, 22nd September, 2020 11:58am

By Sally Perry with 12 readers' comments

24 new volunteer Community First Responders join Isle of Wight Ambulance Service

hands with blue latex gloves shaped into a heart

The Training Lead at Isle of Wight Ambulance Service said, "The time and commitment people are willing to give our Ambulance service is truly humbling and we are extremely grateful indeed"

Monday, 21st September, 2020 2:52pm

By Isle of Wight NHS Trust with 5 readers' comments

Over £1m makeover for Ryde and Newport High Streets confirmed

Royal York Hotel, Ryde, Isle of Wight. Seaside. 1930s.

The minister responsible says “This fund will help breathe new life into high streets in towns and cities across the country – restoring them to their full glory so that they are beautiful places for people to shop, work and enjoy"

Saturday, 19th September, 2020 3:14pm

By Celia Knight with 18 readers' comments

£500 grant will make a real difference to local community group

fifty pound notes

The donation from TK Maxx and Homesense Foundation’s Community Fund programme wil help Pan Together continue to provide lifeline support services to vulnerable local residents

Friday, 18th September, 2020 2:55pm

By Rachel Thomson

Conservative-controlled council elects Conservative to lead committee to scrutinise their work (updated)

richard hollis shaking hands with nick stuart at the election count

The Scrutiny Committee is designed to examine decisions made by Isle of Wight council. It has, for as long as we can remember, been chaired by an opposition councillor … until last night

Thursday, 17th September, 2020 4:42pm

By Sally Perry with 24 readers' comments

40 prizes in Isle of Wight piercing boutique’s raffle for Wight DASH

pin up girls boutique staff

Over 40 prizes are on offer as part of this raffle to raise money for Wight DASH - the charity that supports people on the Island who find themselves in an abusive relationship

Thursday, 17th September, 2020 2:27pm

By Helen Bailey

Weekend operations among action plans to catch up with hospital backlog

st mary's hospital

Funding has been applied for by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust to carry out an action plan aimed at reducing the backlog of treatments at St Mary's Hospital. Details within

Thursday, 17th September, 2020 12:01pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Share your lockdown poetry and be part of the Islesolation Poetry Gallery

book shelf on wall with neon light that says we are all made of stories on the wall

Anyone of any age can enter their lockdown poetry to the Islesolation Poetry Gallery. Details within

Tuesday, 15th September, 2020 5:52pm

By Charlotte Begg

Market Days launches with ‘Take a fresh look at Fridays’

courgettes at the farmers market by gemmamei

Take a fresh look at Fridays by Market Days – New community interest company launched to focus on local produce and traders and the remarkable market heritage of Newport

Friday, 11th September, 2020 1:11pm

By Claire Kennard with 2 readers' comments

Two new Isle of Wight trustees for Independent Arts charity

David Lindsay and Brian Marriott Independent Arts Trustees

David and Brian's combined skills and experience, as well as their knowledge of the Isle of Wight community, will be a real asset to Independent Arts

Friday, 11th September, 2020 12:47pm

By Wendy Varley

Still time to create your self portrait for the Quay Arts Breakout 2020 Exhibition

Breakout Exhibition 2020

There are loads of fantastic 10cmx10cm portraits on display at Quay Arts and there's still time to add yours too. Details within

Monday, 7th September, 2020 8:14pm

By Sally Perry