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.

Wightlink adds more sailings to their Fishbourne to Portsmouth route

Wightlink adds sailings to Portsmouth – Fishbourne route

Wightlink have added some more crossings to their Portsmouth route in light of anticipated extra demand

Thursday, 25th June, 2020 4:30pm

By Louise Lea with 2 readers' comments

Letter: Social distancing markings are pointless and won’t make any difference

social distance dots on pavements in Cowes

This reader believes the markings on footways won't make any difference and are a waste of money

Monday, 22nd June, 2020 2:42pm

By John Hague with 10 readers' comments

Second wave of Coronavirus on the Isle of Wight could ‘decimate the season’, say owners of guest house

Swiss Cottage - Shanklin

The owners of Swiss Cottage guest house in Shanklin - who have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 lockdown - believe if there is a second wave it will decimate the tourist season

Monday, 22nd June, 2020 10:42am

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

Hovertravel plans built-for-purpose workshop at Ryde terminal


The new workshop would enable Hovertravel to carry out maintenance and repairs when there are problems with the craft

Monday, 22nd June, 2020 8:58am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Plans for former care home to become accommodation for short-term visiting workers

Cornelia Heights

The agents describe the proposal as ‘providing short-term, high-value, service to visiting workers’ with self-catering rooms

Monday, 22nd June, 2020 8:54am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Pennyfeathers: Application submitted to change wording of conditions

planning keyboard

Applications have recently been submitted to change the wording of conditions which planners say will allow things to run smoothly

Friday, 19th June, 2020 9:55am

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

Man stabbed on Ryde Pier: Police appeal for information

police officer

The man has been taken to St Mary's Hospital with a stab wound. Police are appealing anyone with information to get in touch

Tuesday, 16th June, 2020 4:05pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Protected wildflowers hacked down by Island Roads’ contractor – Two years in a row – Even after agreeing not to

The Lost Duver Project - Sea Thrift on Culver Parade

Island Roads had previously agreed that these wildflowers in Sandown Bay would be left to thrive. Island Roads respond after they were hacked back at the weekend, for the second year in a row

Tuesday, 16th June, 2020 10:28am

By Sally Perry with 22 readers' comments

Hullabaloo At Home: Get ready for the best weekend you’ve ever spent online!

Hullabaloo... At Home... The Show's Going On!

This weekend you'll be able to scroll, rather than stroll, your way through the brilliant science, arts, music, dance, magic and learn about the Island’s wildlife and landscapes too with Hullabaloo at home!

Sunday, 14th June, 2020 11:29am

By Feature Writer

Work to improve safety, while retaining character of footbridge approved

Gully Road Bridge

Work is required at Gully Road Footbridge because the parapet walls were assessed as not providing enough protection to prevent people falling several metres to the ground below

Friday, 12th June, 2020 9:15am

By Anna Price with 3 readers' comments

RIP Harry Rees – Isle of Wight ambassador for decades passes away suddenly

harry rees

Our thoughts are with Harry's family, friends and former colleagues. He will be missed by all who knew him

Wednesday, 10th June, 2020 8:33pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Please book before travelling Hovertravel say, as they open up more flights

Hovertravel - finalist in Ukinbound Awards

Hovertravel has been planning ahead of the anticipated extra passengers from Monday 15th June, as more shops and businesses open. Details within

Wednesday, 10th June, 2020 12:33pm

By Neil Chapman