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.

Labour and Lib Dem Councillors propose lower council tax increase (updated)

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As part of their alternative budget, the two Labour and one LibDem councillors propose 1.99% increase as opposed to the 4.99% increase being proposed by the Conservative UKIP Alliance.

Monday, 20th February, 2017 4:11pm

By Geoff Lumley with 3 readers' comments

Island Independents announce alternative budget: ‘Care and compassion, not desks and pens’ (updated)

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The Island Independents have prepared their alternative budget highlighting the difference between theirs and the Conservative Alliance budget. The budget proposals will be discussed and voted upon at this Wednesday's full council meeting.

Monday, 20th February, 2017 2:19pm

By Julia Baker-Smith with 25 readers' comments

Mobile recycling unit travels the Island

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The Mobile HRC provides a further facility that reaches out into the community to help people recycle more. Check the dates of when it's nearby to you.

Monday, 20th February, 2017 1:48pm

By IW Council Press Office with 5 readers' comments

Research into local energy companies raises more questions for council to consider

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When this reader heard the Isle of Wight council planned to invest in a local energy company he took time to research other similar schemes across the country. His research raises valid questions that councillors may need to consider before going ahead with the scheme.

Wednesday, 15th February, 2017 4:21pm

By Anonymous with 4 readers' comments

Regeneration team putting Isle of Wight ambitions on the map

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The new regeneration programme, conceived and created by the Island Independents, gets underway with the regeneration team attending their first event to put the ambitions of the Isle of Wight on the map.

Tuesday, 14th February, 2017 4:55pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Balanceability training aims to inspire a lifetime of sustainable travel in the young

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Learning to ride a bike is a major milestone and the council say that Balanceability training will give teachers the skills to make sure children do so safely and confidently.

Tuesday, 14th February, 2017 10:48am

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council to look into merging Isle of Wight Fire Service with Hampshire

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As well as a recommendation to give the PCC voting rights on the IW Fire & Rescue Authority, another to be considered is to look into joining the existing Combined Fire Authority (CFA) arrangements for Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton.

Monday, 13th February, 2017 5:37pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Trades Union Council offer solution to NHS bed blocking crisis

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Isle of Wight Trades Union Council share their view on how to tackle the bed blocking crisis within the NHS, particularly at St Mary's on the Isle of Wight.

Friday, 10th February, 2017 4:42pm

By Isle of Wight Trades Union Council with 60 readers' comments

Letter: Parents should not be penalised with rise of Floating Bridge charges

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With the cost for pedestrians set to rise by 50% on the Cowes Floating Bridge - which makes a profit each year - East Cowes councillor, Luisa Hillard, says it's unfair that families should be financially penalised through no fault of their own.

Friday, 10th February, 2017 2:39pm

By Luisa Hillard with 21 readers' comments

First meeting of the newly-formed Isle of Wight council Executive: Live coverage

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Follow the discussion and debate of the newly-formed Conservative Alliance Executive from 4pm (new earlier time) today.

Thursday, 9th February, 2017 3:50pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Conservatives accused of attempting to ride ‘on the coat tails’ of the school’s success’

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The last Conservatives at County Hall left Isle of Wight education in such a bad shape, the Government had to step in, say the Indies - They're also ignoring the incredibly hard over work of schools, teachers and pupils across the Island.

Thursday, 9th February, 2017 2:09pm

By Julia Baker-Smith with 5 readers' comments

Councillor who proposed scrapping of Executive Secretary role … becomes Executive Secretary (updated)

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This time last year Cllr Bob Blezzard was one of those calling for the role of Executive Secretary to be scrapped in order to "meet future needs of a smaller council". Fast forward a year and he is now in that role himself.

Thursday, 9th February, 2017 11:29am

By Sally Perry with 16 readers' comments