From the four corners of the diamond

We appreciate that some readers are only interested in news from certain parts of the Isle of Wight. Luckily, we’ve been geographically marking all our stories for many years.

Simply choose one of the five categories; Central; North; East; South or West to find news in your area and don’t forget that if you have something to share, do get in touch.

Fall in number of Isle of Wight residents seeking out of work benefits

young people looking at a laptop

See within for the number of Isle of Wight residents seeking out of work benefits or Universal Credit in the last month, broken down between sex and age groups

Tuesday, 20th April, 2021 9:12am

By Sally Perry

Two days left until ‘Drumming and Strumming for Shanklin Theatre’

Montage of images showing Tilly and Jake, Boycie, Harper and Shanklin Theatre

This virtual benefit concert features John Challis, Doctor and the Medics and Blair Dunlop. Watch on YouTube and Facebook

Tuesday, 20th April, 2021 7:57am

By Jake Curran

Green Party candidate accused of ‘illegal practice’ by Chair of IW Conservatives: Accusation refuted

Angry Birds toys

Things can get heated during elections. They certainly got spikey in this email exchange today

Monday, 19th April, 2021 6:55pm

By Sally Perry with 24 readers' comments

Plans for 16 new properties on derelict former farmland

Man drawing on blueprints

A ‘modest financial contribution’ would be made towards off-site affordable housing and a strip of land available for the West Wight Greenway (cycle track)

Monday, 19th April, 2021 5:38pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments

Small business confidence rebounds, but ‘job market shock’ needs to be protected says FSB boss

Bags hanging outside shop with cars driving past - blurred

Not surprisingly after coming out of lockdown, close to two thirds of small businesses expect their performance to improve this quarter, and fewer than one in three expect theirs will worsen

Monday, 19th April, 2021 5:05pm

By Nicola Bailey with one comment

‘Organised campaign’ against Bembridge holiday lodges ‘bordering on mass hysteria’ says agent

Love Lane artists impression - Martha James Plan Research

Agent for the applicants says she's had to write to Isle of Wight Council planning authority about "the behaviour of certain residents"

Monday, 19th April, 2021 2:08pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 8 readers' comments

Proposal for network of ‘Quiet Roads’ announced in South and West Wight

Doug Alldred & Claire Critchison Green Party Candidates standing in front of water mill

These two election candidates believe a Quiet Roads Network in the South and West Wight would give vulnerable leisure users a safer set of roads to use, leaving the main roads clearer for motorists

Monday, 19th April, 2021 1:39pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Letter: Cancelling Isle of Wight Road Races 2021 is not down to ‘Corruption’ – Read the detail

Middle Road by Tapnell Farm

Thomas lays out in detail the process for a Closed Roads race and why he says the cancelling of the Isle of Wight Road Races 2021 is not down to ‘corruption’, as some on Social Media have claimed.

Monday, 19th April, 2021 12:42pm

By Thomas Cowley

Wightlink-Wight Mountain cyclists take top podium places in Chessell 20km TT

L to R - Joe Staunton, Kev Chant, James Veal on the Chessell 20km TT Podium

60 riders took part in the Chessell 20km TT on Sunday and Wightlink Wight Mountain Cycle Race Team members took the top three places on the podium

Monday, 19th April, 2021 11:30am

By Julie Cooper

Having someone else vote for you in the Isle of Wight 2021 election

Polling station sign on wall leading into garden

If you are unable to vote in person or by post, you can choose to have someone you trust cast your vote for you

Monday, 19th April, 2021 11:05am

By IW Council Press Office

Letter: One simple Covid measure missing from Isle of Wight ferries (updated)

Red handrail

This reader shares what he believes is a simple Covid-19 measure that could make travelling on ferries safer

Monday, 19th April, 2021 9:43am

By Paul Carter with 9 readers' comments

All Isle of Wight party leaders oppose village school closure, except one

Chillerton and Rookley Primary School

Leaders of all political parties on the Isle of Wight have openly opposed the closure of Chillerton and Rookley School, apart from Dave Stewart of the Conservatives

Monday, 19th April, 2021 8:23am

By Keith Herbert with 4 readers' comments