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.

18 month jail sentence for driver of fatal Forest Road collision

prison jail corridor

The 20-year-old driver from Essex admitted causing death by dangerous driving, and four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving

Monday, 13th July, 2020 4:57pm

By Hampshire Constabulary with 2 readers' comments

Come on Islanders – Share your self-portrait and help Quay Arts break another Guinness World Record

breakout exhibition self portraits

Islanders have until the end of July to share their self-portrait to help create the largest exhibition of self-portraits ever and raise £20,000 for the much-loved Quay Arts Centre in Newport

Friday, 10th July, 2020 11:01am

By Tayla Smith

Isle of Wight council reveal how they will cope with £10m funding gap

Stuart Hutchinson

The Cabinet member for resources says the Isle of Wight council faces a serious challenge for the next financial year and will start working on that in the next couple of months

Thursday, 9th July, 2020 4:41pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Decision on Newport Harbour Masterplan deferred

The Masterplan was due to be voted upon at the August Isle of Wight council Cabinet meeting but has now been pushed back

Thursday, 9th July, 2020 1:21pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Petition against housing on Seaclose Park reaches 1,600+ signatures, as Cllr Price seeks support from councillors

Matt Price (after lockdown)

Cllr Matt Price sets out why he is opposed to houses being built on part of Seaclose Park and why he'll be trying to seek support from other councillors

Thursday, 9th July, 2020 10:52am

By Matthew Price with 6 readers' comments

It’s confirmed! Otters have returned to the Isle of Wight

Lutra lutra

Although a number of reports had been received in the past few years, surveys have now shown that otters are active along the river upstream of Horringford

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 11:58am

By Joel Bateman with 5 readers' comments

Parish council set out a range of objections to UKOG’s oil drilling plans in Arreton (updated)

Arreton PC Censored

Concerns about what would happen if UKOG do find oil; discrepancies in planning documents; issues with water; traffic and dangerous roads were all raised at the parish council meeting

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 8:29am

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

Councillors join forces to oppose housing in Seaclose Park as part of Harbour Masterplan (updated)

newport harbour simulation

Cllrs Craven and Price are calling on their fellow community councillors to oppose proposals in the draft Newport Harbour Masterplan to build housing on Seaclose Park

Tuesday, 7th July, 2020 11:44am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

AJ Wells branches out into portable hand sanitiser stations in light of Coronavirus crisis

AJ Wells Hand sanitiser stations cropped

In light of Coronavirus many companies have had to adapt how they work. This respected and well-established Isle of Wight company has designed and produced a new product to help others return to work safely

Tuesday, 7th July, 2020 11:16am

By Sally Perry

Art exhibition at St Mary’s Hospital is the latest addition to Operation Geranium

Geranium Art Project and Steve Double

The exhibition at St Mary's hospital is the latest element of Operation Geranium and features artworks by the likes of My Dog Sighs, Tony Trowbridge and Rhys Ifans

Monday, 6th July, 2020 5:41pm

By Steve Double

Oil drilling consultation during pandemic is ‘an attack on our very democracy’ says councillor

Don't Drill the Wight banner in entrance to Arreton

Campaigners say the entire process is being left to virtual meetings and social media - "and yet will determine the future of acres of countryside at the heart of the Isle of Wight for twenty years or more"

Friday, 3rd July, 2020 8:51am

By Don’t Drill the Wight with 4 readers' comments

Royal thanks for Isle of Wight community groups

Sophie and Edward letter to Ventnor and Newport hubs

More Isle of Wight groups supporting those in need during the Coronavirus crisis have been thanked by the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Edward and Sophie

Thursday, 2nd July, 2020 9:31am

By Sally Perry