Isle of Wight Council

Learn what’s really happening at the Isle of Wight Council at OnTheWight, reported by this award-winning team behind the Isle of Wight news service. Coverage includes the council’s delegated decisions, planning applications, changes in policy and press releases.

Isle of Wight Council’s new Executive revealed in full

New executive

It looks like the rumours we published were right. Here's the full list of the now-expanded Executive of the Isle of Wight council, following Conservative Dave Stewart being voted in as Leader this week.

Friday, 20th January, 2017 11:14am

By IW Council Press Office with 98 readers' comments

Group leaders react to new Leader of the Isle of Wight council (video)

Taking notes

Various group leaders of Isle of Wight councillors respond to the new Leadership by Conservative, Dave Stewart. See what they have to say and watch Cllr Stewart make his first statement as leader.

Thursday, 19th January, 2017 12:39pm

By Sally Perry with 26 readers' comments

Island Independents appoint new Group Leader

County Hall and Julia Baker Smith

The new group leader for the Island Independents says they will "remain committed to putting People Before Politics as we work to support our wards and the wider Island".

Thursday, 19th January, 2017 10:17am

By Julia Baker-Smith with 16 readers' comments

The Isle of Wight council now has a new leader

Empty chair

Following the resignation of Island Independent, Jonathan Bacon, earlier in the week, members of the full council tonight voted in a new leader.

Wednesday, 18th January, 2017 7:00pm

By Sally Perry with 30 readers' comments

Who will be the next Leader of the Isle of Wight council? Live coverage


Catch up on the live coverage of the lively full council meeting.

Wednesday, 18th January, 2017 5:12pm

By Sally Perry with 35 readers' comments

Explained: What happens if the new leader is not an Island Independent?

question mark street sculpture

Wondering what might happen to the Isle of Wight council if someone other than an Island Independent is elected as Leader tonight? OnTheWight has been seeking answers.

Wednesday, 18th January, 2017 5:12pm

By Sally Perry

Councillors advised to read all papers before making Council Tax Support decision


Due to the reduction in Government funding, the Isle of Wight council is no longer able to afford - at current levels - to offer the same protection to low income households. Members are reminded to read all papers for the Council Tax Support Scheme before making a decision at tonight's meeting.

Wednesday, 18th January, 2017 12:42pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

We’re here to stay, say Island Indies ahead of council leadership nomination

county hall chamber

Cllr Baker-Smith says a change in Leadership does not require a change in administration and that the Independent group are committed to leading through this term of Council and beyond 4th May into the next term.

Tuesday, 17th January, 2017 5:19pm

By Julia Baker-Smith with 14 readers' comments

Planning officers recommend approval of Red Funnel’s ‘Plan B’

Demolition plans

Isle of Wight planning officers have recommended conditional permission for the development of Red Funnel's East Cowes ferry terminal.

Tuesday, 17th January, 2017 12:08pm

By Sally Perry with 12 readers' comments

Leader of Tory councillors willing to become ‘caretaker leader’

Dave Stewart

The leader of the Isle of Wight Conservative councillors, Dave Stewart, says that he's happy to do what was yesterday described by the outgoing leadership as 'the government's dirty work' by becoming a 'caretaker leader' following the resignations.

Tuesday, 17th January, 2017 6:57am

By Sally Perry with 29 readers' comments

Kendall resigns too: ‘Not prepared to do government’s dirty work for them’ (Updated)

Gordon Kendall

Hot on the heels of the resignations of the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Isle of Wight council and the Executive resignations of Cllrs Jordan and Stephens, another Independent councillor has stepped down from the Executive.

Monday, 16th January, 2017 4:40pm

By Sally Perry with 26 readers' comments

What happens next now the council leaders have resigned?

John Metcalfe - Now CEO of Isle of Wight council - 25 Nov 2015

With both the Leader and his deputy resigning today - the question arises - 'What next?' The council has just laid out what follows.

Monday, 16th January, 2017 11:53am

By IW Council Press Office with 19 readers' comments