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.

Fracking campaigners express ‘outrage’ at Conservative Party manifesto

frack free campaigners

Frack Free Isle of Wight are calling on every Conservative Party member, supporter, donor, Councillor, MP, prospective MP and voter to demand Theresa May rescind the proposed planning policy for non-fracking wells with immediate effect.

Monday, 22nd May, 2017 10:04am

By Sylvia Knight with 4 readers' comments

The company behind the promised 600 new Isle of Wight jobs


Up to 600 new jobs are being promised by contact centre management specialist, Ascensos, as they announce new call centre on the Isle of Wight, following £2.1m investment by IWC.

Monday, 22nd May, 2017 6:58am

By Callum Spreng with 6 readers' comments

Council’s direction on future of Sandown Bay Academy should be known in next 48 hours

Sandown bay academy google street view

The treatment of staff and pupils at Sandown Bay Academy by its sponsor, Academies Enterprise Trust, was described as appalling, atrocious and disappointing by councillors. They voted to have AET removed from all Island schools.

Thursday, 18th May, 2017 2:43pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

‘Dark Day for Island Democracy’ say Island Indies

julia baker smith

The Island Independents say the constitutional changes voted through at last night's council meeting are "even worse even than the ‘Pugh days’", adding that the "Conservatives are effectively silencing the opposition".

Thursday, 18th May, 2017 8:37am

By Julia Baker-Smith with 5 readers' comments

Conservative-majority drops yearly leadership elections at Isle of Wight council

dave stewart

The Conservatives have, as one of their first acts following their landslide victory at the Isle of Wight council elections, dropped yearly Leader elections, choosing to elect one leader for four years instead.

Wednesday, 17th May, 2017 9:43pm

By Simon Perry with 3 readers' comments

First meeting of new Isle of Wight council: Live coverage

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Follow the action from the first meeting of the Isle of Wight council from the comfort of your sofa. We drive to Newport and back so you don't have to - and we report live from the council chamber.

Wednesday, 17th May, 2017 5:45pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Councillor calls for academy sponsor to be removed from the Isle of Wight


A motion being heard at the Extra-Ordinary Full Council meeting demands that Academy sponsor, AET, be removed from the role of managing any school on the Isle of Wight.

Monday, 15th May, 2017 4:44pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

MCA suspends floating bridge

disembarking the floating bridge - karl love

The new floating bridge was subject to several problems over the weekend and following an approach from the MCA the service has been suspended this morning.

Monday, 15th May, 2017 12:30pm

By Sally Perry with 30 readers' comments

New floating bridge: First crossing with public on board (21 HD photos)

Cowes floating bridge 6 - allan marsh

The long-awaited new Floating Bridge came into service this afternoon, carrying vehicles and foot passengers across the mouth of the river Medina. Allan Marsh was the first on board to take photos for OnTheWight, see his HD gallery.

Saturday, 13th May, 2017 7:05pm

By Sally Perry with 17 readers' comments

Call Centre jobs could be on the way to the Isle of Wight

call centre grafitti

The council executive will decide next week whether to invest £2.1m in the scheme, which they say it's "estimated that this will leverage an overall investment of at least £35million over the next five years from the operator".

Wednesday, 10th May, 2017 4:47pm

By IW Council Press Office with 26 readers' comments

Pan residents suffer more delays in connecting to St George’s Way

st georges way

Labour councillor for Newport East expresses his disappointment at the "couldn’t care less" attitude of contractors working on the St George's Way roadworks.

Wednesday, 10th May, 2017 4:34pm

By Geoff Brodie with 3 readers' comments

Labour councillor condemns Conservative attack on democracy

Geoff Lumley

A return to the Cabinet system, removal of named votes and the questions to Cabinet members at full council being scrapped are just some of the changes planned by the Conservative administration say the Labour councillor.

Wednesday, 10th May, 2017 11:10am

By Geoff Brodie with 12 readers' comments