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.

Closure of All Saints Primary is council officers’ ‘preferred option’

Papers :

The decision to close the school would be made behind closed doors unless Cllr Brading decides to take it to the Isle of Wight council Cabinet.

Friday, 15th February, 2019 5:00pm

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

Petition to keep West Wight school open triggered by Newport West Cllr’s ‘must close’ comment

all saints primary school - image from petition

After the Newport West councillor self-declared a particular primary school in the West Wight 'must close', a petition is fast-gathering signatures to keep it open.

Friday, 15th February, 2019 2:00pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council’s use of public health funding is ‘discriminatory’, say community facilities

WATERSIDE SWIMMING POOL BUILDING AS VIEWED FROM THE BOATING LAKE

The Chairs of Waterside Community Trust and West Wight Sports and Community Centre say denying an equitable distribution Public Health Funding by using it as a subsidy for council-run centres is discriminatory and potentially breaches the council’s own policy on equality.

Friday, 15th February, 2019 10:34am

By Keith Gentleman with one comment

Report highlights ‘perceived level of unfairness’ of how Public Health grants distributed

mr-happy-in-swimming-pool

A Task and Finish Report is recommending Scrutiny Committee investigate the “perceived level of unfairness” of how Public Health grants are distributed, with community-run sports facilities unable to access the grants.

Tuesday, 12th February, 2019 4:48pm

By Sally Perry

Council officer report to request closure of a West Wight School

Randonee in West Wight:

Forecasting a drop in young children living in the West Wight, council officers are presenting a report to the responsible Cabinet member requesting a primary school closure.

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 6:25pm

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

Isle of Wight’s pioneering Victorian photographer featured on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Julia Margaret Cameron

Tune into BBC Radio 4 Extra on Sunday or catch up via the Sounds App to hear how Julia Margaret Cameron changed portraiture forever, thanks to her life-size reproduction of the head.

Tuesday, 15th January, 2019 1:15pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Change to ferry service to allow for essential maintenance work

Yarmouth terminal

Advance warning of the changes to the ferry service to allow for essential maintenance work that is planned to start in March 2019.

Friday, 11th January, 2019 1:17pm

By Karen Woods

‘Art and Identity’ portrait exhibition of ‘outstanding quality’ ends cultural project

time and tide flyer

Time & Tide has paired local history and the arts to bring opportunities for older people to engage with cultural pursuits. All are welcome to the Private View this Friday.

Tuesday, 8th January, 2019 10:29am

By Hannah Griffiths

Glamping pods plans for young people with learning difficulties

polidomes glamping tent for camp wight - martha james

Plans have been submitted to the Isle of Wight Council, looking to expand outdoor education facilities for young people with learning difficulties.

Tuesday, 8th January, 2019 8:46am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Wightlink charters foot passenger vessel for Yarmouth commuters

CRC Gladiator

Wightlink charters a vessel to provide a foot passenger service for Lymington-Yarmouth commuters during temporary wind restrictions.

Thursday, 20th December, 2018 3:45pm

By Karen Woods with one comment

Wightlink pledge to resolve 16 months of ferry fleet problems

Keith Greenfield

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 5 readers' comments

Update on ferry service, following engine fire

Ferry

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