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.

Take part in free Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes family craft sessions

JMC drop in

Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes artist, Hannah George will be holding a free family drop-in workshop at Dimbola Museum and Galleries in Freshwater Bay this Saturday, with another next month in East Cowes.

Friday, 16th February, 2018 5:23pm

By Sally Perry

National award for Isle of Wight’s Tapnell Farm Park

Tapnell Farm Park Wallaby

Tapnell Farm Park picked up the “Small Farm Attraction of the Year” at the National Farm Attractions Network bash last month.

Monday, 12th February, 2018 1:36pm

By Oli Whitehurst

Many hands help rid Brook Bay beach of unwanted plastic

Arriving at the bay

Hundreds of people turned out for the Brook Bay beach clean at the end of January and more beach cleans are planned for around the Island in the coming months.

Wednesday, 7th February, 2018 11:55am

By Sally Perry

UKOG has sights set on 227 million barrels of oil at Arreton (updated)

UKOG licence map

As recently reported by OnTheWight, UK Oil and Gas confirm they've given up the licence for oil exploration off the coast of Compton but say their sights are now set on drilling in Arreton from 2019.

Wednesday, 31st January, 2018 8:17am

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments

Islanders urged to take part in consultation for drilling rig

Corrallian rig

Frack Free Isle of Wight are encouraging as many Islanders as possible to participate in the public review for a drilling rig off the coast of Bournemouth

Monday, 29th January, 2018 2:40pm

By Sylvia May with 2 readers' comments

Councillor responds to claims of ‘draconian traffic proposals’

freshwater traffic restriction

Cllr Medland says that although he initially welcomed the parking order he's unsure why the restriction is all year round and 24 hours. You can share your views at the public meeting taking place today (Tuesday).

Tuesday, 2nd January, 2018 12:40pm

By Sally Perry

Draconian traffic proposals will kill off visitor parking says Chair of Trust

yellow lines

Brian Hinton says plans for new traffic restrictions surrounding Freshwater Bay village are draconian and will result in visitor parking being killed off. Residents are urged to attend a public meeting taking this Tuesday.

Saturday, 30th December, 2017 2:07pm

By Brian Hinton with 2 readers' comments

Portrait by Isle of Wight photographer on billions of £10 notes

the ten pound note

Amazing! For 15+ years you, and most of England, walked around with a portrait taken by Isle of Wight photographer in your pocket - on a £10 note.

Thursday, 14th December, 2017 12:45pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Free Christmas parking marks completion of Freshwater roadworks

Avenue Road

To mark the end of the twelve-week scheme in Avenue Road, Island Roads are covering the cost of free two-hour parking until Christmas.

Tuesday, 5th December, 2017 1:14pm

By Gavin Foster

Volunteers from Island Roads help conserve iconic Needles Batteries

Needles 1

This is the second year in a row that volunteers from Island Roads has helped in conserving the iconic Needles Batteries.

Tuesday, 5th December, 2017 10:00am

By Gavin Foster with one comment

Isle of Wight singer and dancer features in latest Chicane track

Hannah Robinson in chicane video

An Island singer and dancer features on lead vocals and headlines video for electronica producer's latest track.

Thursday, 30th November, 2017 5:08pm

By Sally Perry

Video: Unlikely friendship captured by Isle of Wight film-maker

crow and fox at needles

Watch this lovely piece of video footage captured by Nathaniel Wheatley of ProcCam Films of an unlikely friendship in West Wight.

Thursday, 30th November, 2017 9:39am

By Sally Perry with one comment