Unions join forces after plans to axe 15 jobs at Sandown school revealed

Exterior of The Bay

One staff member said they were I "appalled by the treatment of the staff over the past few years", as the future of 15 jobs is under threat in latest consultation

Wednesday, 21st April, 2021 5:54pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Application for residence to help the Island’s homeless withdrawn following strong opposition

Leed Street property

Although the HMO residents would not be placed directly from the street, neighbours said they 'would not feel safe' having the tenants on their doorstep

Tuesday, 20th April, 2021 1:04pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 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

Deputy Mayor joins those objecting to guest house to help the Island’s homeless

Leed Street property

Two Saints say tenants would not placed in the property directly from the street, but will have gone through a process to determine they are ready to live independently and successfully

Tuesday, 13th April, 2021 5:41pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 5 readers' comments

Aggregate dredging off Sandown Bay is ‘not impacting on coastline’ says MP

Dredger in the water

The Isle of Wight MP says erosion in the area is largely the result of historic storm activity from previous years

Tuesday, 13th April, 2021 11:53am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 4 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Zoo reopening as Wildheart Animal Sanctuary

Wildheart Trust - tiger walking towards camera

The new name reflects the focus on rescued and threatened wildlife and puts Isle of Wight at the frontline of the protection of endangered species

Thursday, 1st April, 2021 11:34am

By Lawrence Bates with 7 readers' comments

King’s Head squatters leave after reassurances from liquidator and buyer

Ocean Hotel

The purpose of the occupation was to draw attention to protecting the history and heritage of The King's Head Hotel in Sandown. This appears to have been achieved. Read the full details within

Thursday, 25th March, 2021 7:39am

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Derelict Sandown hotel occupied by group aiming to preserve its cultural heritage

Ocean Hotel / King's Head © Sandown Hub

The occupiers say they have no wish to damage or disturb the building, instead they intend to preserve the cultural heritage of this almost 200-year-old building, once frequented by the likes of Lewis Carroll, Charles Darwin and Count Stroganov

Monday, 22nd March, 2021 8:02am

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council approve turning Grade II listed Town Hall into housing

Sandown Town Hall -

Cllr Ian Ward welcomed the news saying, "Objectors have grandiose ideas with no funding, so the building will rot for another decade"

Thursday, 18th March, 2021 1:12pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

SPLICE: New animated folk tale from Sandown’s Boojum and Snark

Teresa Grimaldi SPLICE project

Isle of Wight artist, Teresa Grimaldi will be creating a new folktale through collaborative storyboarding film and animation that might develop a new shared mythology that can travel through fact and fiction, place and people. Find out more within

Monday, 15th March, 2021 1:16pm

By Hannah George with one comment

Sandown’s New Dinosaur Isle: When it could open and hints at who might run it

Dinosaur Isle on a summer day with two people walking in front of it

At an Isle of Wight council meeting this evening, it emerged when Sandown’s New Dinosaur Isle could open, clues to who might run it and it sounds like tens of millions extra could be invested

Thursday, 11th March, 2021 7:40pm

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments

Concerns raised that dredging off Sandown Bay is eroding beaches

Dredger in the water

The Isle of Wight MP has written to the Crown Estate to seek reassurance that coastal erosion around the Island is not linked to marine aggregate dredging

Thursday, 11th March, 2021 10:48am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 3 readers' comments