News from the West

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

Wightlink pledge to resolve 16 months of ferry fleet problems

Keith Greenfield CEO Wightlink Ferries

The latest incident is the third failure of an engine resulting in a fire on Wight Sky over the last 16 months. Wightlink pledge to resolve the problems customers have experienced.

Tuesday, 18th December, 2018 11:02am

By Karen Woods with 3 readers' comments

Update on ferry service, following engine fire


The ferry has been withdrawn from the route as engineers from Wightlink, the engine manufacturer and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) continue to investigate what caused the engine failure.

Saturday, 15th December, 2018 6:32pm

By Karen Woods with one comment

Fire crews attend Isle of Wight ferry (updated)

wight sun

Five fire crews from the mainland attended a fire in the engine room of the Isle of Wight ferry.

Friday, 14th December, 2018 9:49am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Fabulous Mr Fox: Our Flickr Group Picture of the Week

pow fox sunset paul varcoe - 640

There are so many great shots shared by Isle of Wight photographers in our Flickr Pool. This one stood out for us, but take a look yourselves, there are loads to see.

Tuesday, 11th December, 2018 11:19am

By Sally Perry

The George, Yarmouth receives new food standards rating following recent inspection

Dianne Thompson - The George

Inspectors had previously highlighted a catalogue of failures and improvements needed at The George Hotel in Yarmouth. The latest inspection finds many of those have now been addressed and a new rating has been issued.

Monday, 10th December, 2018 6:27pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Take advantage of ‘some’ free parking in council car parks for late night shopping

Free parking

On certain days, in certain locations, at certain times, you'll be able to park for free in council car parks. Check details carefully to avoid a ticket.

Thursday, 6th December, 2018 2:50pm

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita create spellbinding and mesmerising experience – in Freshwater: Book Now

catrin and seckou - from facebook

Beyond beautiful in concert, Catrin and Seckou create a uniquely spellbinding and mesmerising experience that has been filling concert halls across the UK, Europe and beyond. Don't miss your chance to see them in Freshwater on 2nd December.

Friday, 23rd November, 2018 6:53pm

By Feature Writer

Dog’s owner ends up with broken ribs trying to defend dog from attack

Left with broken ribs, an injured and traumatised dog, a big vet bill, and the knowledge that it could all happen again, Kay got in touch with OnTheWight to tell her story.

Friday, 23rd November, 2018 1:39pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Kids walked miles in dark after being told school bus not going Yarmouth

vectis blue school bus

Kids say they were told by bus driver she wasn’t going to Yarmouth, so got off in Freshwater. The council say the bus did go to Yarmouth but at end of service.

Friday, 23rd November, 2018 11:37am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Santa’s grotto returns to Freshwater Independent Lifeboat Station

santa claus

The event is free and the Lifeboat station's way of saying thank you to local families for their support.

Wednesday, 21st November, 2018 8:20am

By Sally Perry

New plans submitted for Freshwater care units

green meadows

Plans for the site include a communal garden, vehicle and pedestrian access, parking and landscaping works.

Friday, 16th November, 2018 1:59pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

‘Lift the Lid’ reveals artist commissions

Lift the lid artists

A project aimed at encouraging residents to find out more about the arts and culture on the Isle of Wight announces their public artist commission for Newport, East Cowes and Totland.

Monday, 12th November, 2018 8:31am

By Sarah Glass