News from the South Wight

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

Long-disputed footpath along seawall formally re-opened

Wilf Payne, Royston Batcoe, Peter Wells, Nick Webb, Cllr Dave Stewart, Darrel Clarke, Cllr John Hobart, Vickie Ford, Mark Donovan and Carol Flux

Owners of the cottage the footpath runs in front of objected to the Planning Inspectorate, but they dismissed the appeal, stating Ordnance Survey map evidence as far back as 1908

Wednesday, 23rd October, 2019 10:21am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Isle of Wight comedy writer slips yet another BAFTA nominated show under her belt

hannah george looking into camera

Fingers are crossed once again as Class Dismissed - which Hannah wrote a series of sketches for - is nominated for a comedy award in the Children's BAFTAs

Tuesday, 22nd October, 2019 3:52pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight’s CHAMPS share more about their latest album (video)

sean oakley dave and mike champion cropped

Having had some time for the third album to sink in, OnTheWight caught up with CHAMPS to find out more about their influences, new manager and why at least two songs reference red stars

Sunday, 20th October, 2019 9:59am

By Sally Perry

Undercliff Drive consultation found 58 per cent in favour of reinstatement

undercliff drive

The Isle of Wight council say the cost to re-instate the road is estimated to be between £1 million and £2 million, dependent on whether the scheme allowed one or two-way traffic and if the new route was restricted to vehicles below a certain weight

Friday, 18th October, 2019 2:49pm

By Sally Perry with 16 readers' comments

Flood alert following heavy rain issued along the Eastern Yar (updated)

eastern yar flood alert

Overnight rain may have caused flooding along the Eastern Yar and tributaries from Whitwell to Bembridge - further alerts will be issued this morning

Friday, 18th October, 2019 7:50am

By Sally Perry

Philip Royston Oxley OBE 1936-2019: Obituary

Philip Oxley

Many people in Ventnor will have known Philip Oxley, but perhaps not been aware of his life-changing achievements prior the Isle of Arts Festival. Founding member of the festival, Chris Bonney, shares this obituary.

Wednesday, 16th October, 2019 6:53pm

By Christopher Bonney with one comment

Consultation approved: Town could see pavement widened and free parking moved from High Street

Road works road closed signs

To coincide with a major resurfacing programme the town council are exploring changes to the pavements and parking on the High Street and have agreed to carry out a consultation prior to making any decisions

Friday, 11th October, 2019 4:48pm

By Sally Perry with 18 readers' comments

Isle of Wight flagmaker’s work supports Greenpeace’s Protect the Oceans Campaign

Liz Cooke's Greenpeace flag on vessel in the Arctic

Isle of Wight's Liz Cooke has created a set of flags for each leg of a Greenpeace expedition, sailing from the Arctic to the Antarctic to document the state of our oceans

Friday, 11th October, 2019 9:52am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Baby Box project making a huge difference to parents in Ventnor (Video)

baby box food

Baby Box IOW helps families struggling to provide their children with basic essentials and also offers somewhere for parents to meet others over a cup of tea

Wednesday, 9th October, 2019 11:34am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Ventnor Exchange launch new season of shows this week

Rob Auton holding a dead plant

Become a Friend of Ventnor Exchange and get 2for1 tickets to all events. With the new season out this week, you'll need to act fast to avoid missing out

Tuesday, 8th October, 2019 5:32pm

By Jack Whitewood

Reinforced cast iron bollards provide new safety measure after car goes over edge

Belgrave road bollards

In keeping with the Conservation Area, the bollards should prevent drivers being able to navigate over the edge of the steep terrace

Tuesday, 8th October, 2019 1:07pm

By Gavin Foster with 7 readers' comments

Isle of Wight musicians collaborate for Radiophonic Workshop influenced album – Photosynthesis: Library Music Volume 2

james thorpe and greg foat

The collaborative album, recorded on 2" analogue tape has been described as "Futuristic Analogue Cosmic Synth Library Cues For TV, Film & Radio"

Wednesday, 2nd October, 2019 6:58pm

By Sally Perry