News from the East Wight

If you’re interested in news from around the East of the Isle of Wight, 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.

Future plans for Sandown civic centre and barracks building revealed

Sandown civic centre

The report to the Isle of Wight council Cabinet says it means the building will be able to be fully utilised as a community hub for the Bay area

Thursday, 4th March, 2021 8:10am

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Essential tree work at Big Mead starts next week

Big Mead pond

Following inspections of hundreds of trees around the park, the Isle of Wight Council has identified 65 which need work. Details within

Wednesday, 3rd March, 2021 3:39pm

By IW Council Press Office with 5 readers' comments

Extra Hovertravel flights added, primarily for school children

Hovercraft leaving Ryde

The extra flights will begin next week and run up to the Easter holidays. Full details within

Monday, 1st March, 2021 3:43pm

By Stephen Forster

Multi-agency search for high risk missing person successful

Helicopter route for missing person

A lot of people were involved in the search for a high risk missing person last night. If you heard helicopters circling overhead, this is why

Monday, 1st March, 2021 8:34am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Boojum and Snark announce their latest artist commission: Here’s how to apply

Boojum and snark - bubble barriers and teresa's art on the wall

The latest commission from Boojum&Snark seeks an artist who will engage with the community to foster a deeper appreciation and understanding of the vibrancy and richness of the natural heritage of Sandown Bay. Pass it on if you know someone who fits the bill

Monday, 1st March, 2021 8:11am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Whoops! Cllr Ward’s ‘It’s sold!’ is ‘complicated’ not ‘completed’

Ocean Hotel

Remember yesterday’s good news about the hope of a brighter future for a run-down hotel in Sandown? There’s a significant up date - it’s now become ‘complicated’

Saturday, 27th February, 2021 12:46pm

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments

IWC spin failed to mention work (and £90k!) from Ryde Town Council, says councillor

Waterside pool - from their fb page

Cllr Jordan explains how there might not have been a Pool for the council to secure a grant for, had it not been for Ryde Town Council over the past year

Friday, 26th February, 2021 5:09pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Hope on the horizon for abandoned Sandown eyesore as sale goes through

Ocean Hotel

It’s emerged the freehold for the derelict site of The Ocean Hotel and King’s House in Sandown has finally been sold. A step forward, but other matters could delay

Friday, 26th February, 2021 2:47pm

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

£82,000 boost for swimming pool to help face impact of Coronavirus

Waterside Pool

Isle of Wight Council officers worked closely with staff and trustees of the Waterside Community Trust to put forward a bid

Friday, 26th February, 2021 10:07am

By IW Council Press Office with 6 readers' comments

No League racing for Wightlink Warriors this year

Barry Bishop and Martin Widman

The decision is terrible news for everyone associated with the club and for those at Smallbrook Stadium

Thursday, 25th February, 2021 8:07am

By Rob Dyer with one comment

No bids to run Brown’s Family Golf Course and Cafe

browns golf course

More than 50 people expressed an interest in taking on Brown's Family Golf Course and Cafe

Wednesday, 24th February, 2021 5:28pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Strong opposition against more plans for a guest house to help the Island’s homeless

Leed Street HMO

One mother objecting to the application is concerned having the HMO on the street will make a ‘scary an intimidating atmosphere’ for her son. Full details within

Wednesday, 24th February, 2021 3:00pm

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