News from the North Wight

If you’re interested in news from around the North 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.

Red Ensign has still not refunded customers who paid for courses that were cancelled

question mark shaped light in box room

Some customers have waited more than three weeks for a refund for courses paid for that were then cancelled. We hear from some of them in this update

Monday, 21st September, 2020 8:52pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Cowes Floating Bridge in a ‘vortex of disaster’ say Stakeholders’ Group in letter to funders, Solent LEP

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The letter to the body that funded the £3.2m Floating Bridge sets out comprehensively the position with FB6 and calls for a meeting with engineers, councillors, businesses and other stakeholders

Sunday, 20th September, 2020 3:09pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Police appeal: Did you witness serious road traffic collision last night?

Police control operator

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident or possible dah cam footage beforehand

Friday, 18th September, 2020 2:30pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Cowes RNLI carry out their 600th shout since 2008

Cowes RNLI

Cowes RNLI were called out to two shouts last night during their weekly crew meeting - reaching their 600th call since the charity began operations in 2008

Friday, 18th September, 2020 2:26pm

By George Chastney

Isle of Wight council CEO reveals return date for Cowes Floating Bridge

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The Cowes Floating Bridge has been out of service for nine weeks already. In a letter to the town council, John Metcalfe reveals when it is expected to return

Friday, 18th September, 2020 12:21pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Floating Bridge Engineers’ and Stakeholders’ Group has warned council for three years about failures of FB6

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The Floating Bridge Engineers’ and Stakeholders’ Group explain how they have been warning the Isle of Wight council for many years about the ongoing failures of Floating Bridge 6. Details within

Tuesday, 15th September, 2020 7:59am

By Sally Perry with 32 readers' comments

Community Beach Clean cancelled due to Covid-19 ‘red tape’

east cowes beach clean

The community beach clean usually takes place in Spring and Autumn, but this year plans have had to change. Details within

Monday, 14th September, 2020 1:09pm

By Sally Perry

‘No new floating bridge’ says Isle of Wight council leader

floating bridge

Isle of Wight council leader said the need to remove the floating bridge from service at the same time as St Mary's roundabout works led to a 'perfect storm of destruction'

Monday, 14th September, 2020 12:50pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 6 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Council complete purchase of Venture Quays (updated)

Venture Quays

Dave Stewart says "acquiring these sites will protect Island jobs and preserve marine engineering in this location, as well as provide land for housing on a brownfield site"

Friday, 11th September, 2020 6:34am

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments

Red Ensign now say they’ve ‘not gone into liquidation’. Here’s the note they sent News OnTheWight and the email to outstanding customers

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Further developments with Red Ensign, including telling customers that their MD ‘has been removed’ and now that they’ve not gone into liquidation - and the refunds?

Thursday, 10th September, 2020 6:27pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

RYA move to take action with Red Ensign Training – as others with tales of woe come forward

sticker on wall showing man with hand out signalling stop by Markus Spiske

Following News OnTheWight’s report about Cowes-based Red Ensign Maritime Training - others come forward with tales of woe. Now the RYA is taking action

Wednesday, 9th September, 2020 4:00pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Call for no more ‘cloak and dagger’ approaches to Floating Bridge fixes

floating bridge suspended sign

The long-running saga of the Cowes Floating Bridge was discussed at last night's Isle of Wight council Scrutiny Committee. Details within

Wednesday, 9th September, 2020 3:21pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 9 readers' comments