Villagers oppose plans for 20 new homes on greenfield land

whitwell planning site plan

Villagers argue there isn't sufficient infrastructure to support the proposed new homes, while the applicant says it will encourage young families back to the area and offer current residents the option to downsize

Wednesday, 15th January, 2020 4:11pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Reopening Undercliff Drive is ‘crucial to our way of life’, says Parish Councillor

undercliff drive - january 2020 from the ventnor end

A councillor with Niton and Whitwell Parish Council explains the determined work they have been carrying out since the 2014 Undercliff Drive landslip and explains why reopening the road is crucial to the village's way of life

Monday, 13th January, 2020 6:39pm

By Sally Perry with 18 readers' comments

Flood warning issued for the Isle of Wight

flood alert sign

If you live on the Eastern Yar or tributaries from Whitwell to Bembridge, the Environment Agency has warned residents to 'be prepared'

Thursday, 19th December, 2019 9:46am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight farm-stay wins prestigious award and heads to National final

Best Rural Tourism Business winner Tallulah Shepherdly from Nettlecombe Farm. Rural Business Awards, South East Ceremony. Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, Kent (

Congratulations to Nettlecombe Farm, who will now go on to represent the South East at the national final in February 2020

Friday, 25th October, 2019 9:08am

By Jodie Jones

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

Leader’s vow to ‘get Undercliff Drive open again’ a step closer with public consultation

Vix lowthion - cycling through undercliff

Cllr Ian Ward also says it's his view the Isle of Wight needs to have Undercliff Drive road open again, but will not make a decision until after the consultation.

Thursday, 13th June, 2019 11:41am

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Long diversion for St Lawrence residents following damage to bridge

st lawrence shute

The diversion is in place following damage to the disused railway bridge following a road traffic collision.

Monday, 1st October, 2018 10:23am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Understanding Undercliff issues ‘a priority for the council’, says Leader

Undercliff Drive

Isle of Wight council leader, Dave Stewart, says that finding a solution to the complex issues of landslips in the Undercliff is a priority for the council, adding that a solution for reinstating the road has been found.

Tuesday, 12th June, 2018 5:20pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Whitwell Road closed following car fire

This road will be closed sign - Roadworks

Island Roads are suggesting a very long diversion between Whitwell and Ventnor, going via Wroxall, Sandford and Godshill.

Monday, 11th June, 2018 3:27pm

By Sally Perry

Mainland rescue gear needed for rescue of 12 year old down well (updated)

Isle of Wight fire truck:

A 12 year old has fallen down a well. Isle of Wight Fire Service are taking part in the rescue and have requested extra equipment from the Mainland

Tuesday, 29th May, 2018 4:13pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Major resurfacing of Whitwell to bring more disruption to village and through traffic

Whitwell Road

Last year saw weeks of road closures for the village, but the upcoming major resurfacing should result in smooth roads rather than the current patchwork effect.

Wednesday, 16th May, 2018 1:51pm

By Gavin Foster with 2 readers' comments

Good Samaritan’s car broken into whilst they helped rescue sheep

Emergency call:

The car of a couple who stopped to help rescue some escaped sheep had their car window smashed and handbag - which included sentimental items - stolen. Were you driving past and saw something?

Sunday, 4th February, 2018 11:30am

By Tina Harknett with one comment