News from the North Wight

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Cllr Karl Love shares his opinion on next week’s Scrutiny Meeting to examine a new Floating Bridge 6 report

Floating Bridge Suspended

Next week’s Scrutiny Meeting - the last before the election - will examine a new report on Floating Bridge 6. East Cowes Cllr Karl Love lays out his opinion of it in advance.

Saturday, 6th March, 2021 12:50pm

By Karl Love with 4 readers' comments

Dead porpoise washed up on Isle of Wight beach: Here’s what to do if you spot one

Dead Porpoise washed up in Gurnard

Richard spotted this poor porpoise washed up in Gurnard today and reported it to the relevant body. Here's what to do if you spot one too

Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021 4:49pm

By Sally Perry

Ongoing failures of Floating Bridge 6 do not rest with Indies says former IWC leader

Jonathan Bacon head laid over pic of floating bridge with cars getting on

Jonathan Bacon says he's been subjected to continual brickbats from the current council about the Cowes Floating Bridge, but pleased to read in the officer's report that failures since it was delivered do not rest with his Administration

Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021 4:08pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

‘No issues’ with how Floating Bridge 6 was commissioned, states Isle of Wight council report

Floating Bridge and suspended sign at East Cowes

The latest update will be presented to the Corporate Scrutiny Committee next week, but in the meantime, papers for the meeting provide a background to the commissioning of the Naval Architects and Shipbuilders. Details and reports within

Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021 3:23pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Conservative Council leadership are wasting millions on Floating Bridge 6, say councillors

floating bridge suspended sign

The Cowes Medina councillor says that for four years she and others have provided bulletproof engineering evidence that Floating Bridge 6 was not fit for purpose. Read hers and the town councillor for Osborne's damning review of new scrutiny papers

Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021 7:44am

By Cameron Palin with 9 readers' comments

Major highways regeneration scheme in East Cowes gets underway next month

York Road showing poor road surface

The work is being split into separate phases to ensure as much of York Avenue as possible can remain open to traffic for as long as possible

Thursday, 18th February, 2021 3:49pm

By Gavin Foster with 2 readers' comments

Hotel plans for former site of The Little Gloster (updated)

The Little Gloster from google Streetview

The award-winning restaurant closed its doors last year, but plans have been submitted by the building's owner to change upstairs into hotel rooms

Wednesday, 17th February, 2021 4:55pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

The Cowes Men’s Shed G.I.V.E. away – helping those who are helping others grow their own produce

Cowes men's shed tables

Tables will be used as G.I.V.E. members start to grow and share their own produce again this spring

Wednesday, 17th February, 2021 8:45am

By Adam Martin with one comment

Isle of Wight abstract artist wins solo exhibition at Quay Arts for response to Off The Rails

Steve Miles - Style Writing Roots

The artist says this is an opportunity that he'll grab with both hands, after he was selected to hold a solo show in the Clayden Gallery in 2022

Tuesday, 16th February, 2021 1:21pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Swimming distance of round the Island for landslip restoration project

east cowes esplanade landslip - artists impression

Members of the Shrape Swimmers are swimming the distance of round the Island to help raise much-needed funds to fix the esplanade landslip and bring it back to its former glory

Friday, 12th February, 2021 9:51am

By Sally Perry

Army of Isle of Wight school children creatively support older residents in care homes

Boy on beach with St. T P Poem overlaid at side

Isle of Wight charity, Independent Arts, have been responsible for organising some brilliant activities over the last year to creatively bridge the gap between young and older. Read the details within

Thursday, 11th February, 2021 7:59am

By Hannah Griffiths

Scrutiny Chairman looking forward to ‘clearing up myths and untruths’ about Floating Bridge

Richard Hollis

The Chairman of the Scrutiny Committee says he's really looking forward, "when we can" to bring this out into the open 100 per cent. Details within

Wednesday, 10th February, 2021 5:28pm

By Sally Perry with 20 readers' comments