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’s 1Leisure presented with prestigious Surfers Against Sewage award

Cordelia Dewy from Surfers Against Sewage presenting 1Leisure manager Allan Bridges

The SAS accreditation recognised a range of environment-friendly initiatives that 1Leisure introduced at its council-run sites at Sandown, Medina and Westridge.

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019 5:21pm

By IW Council Press Office

‘People power works’ says deputy leader over plans to close Yarmouth School

Stuart Hutchinson

The deputy leader of the Isle of Wight council has told his residents that he will vote against the plan to close Yarmouth School and says "People power works".

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019 2:31pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats announce candidate for Whippingham seat

Nick Stuart and Julie Burridge

IW Lib Dems say Julie brings a wealth of experience as a full time specialist foster carer, former Family Support Manager and parent activist.

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019 5:49pm

By Nick Stuart

Cultural arts centre plans dubbed by boatbuilder as ‘scheme made up by harebrained do-gooders’

columbine building east cowes

Plans for a waterfront cultural centre in East Cowes - that could be partnered with the V&A museum group - has received support from many including the MP, but local boatbuilder says it's just another "scheme made up by harebrained do-gooders".

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019 5:01pm

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

Morrisons apply for retrospective permission for ‘garden centre’

morrisons sign

Morrisons in Lake have already built the 'garden centre' at their Lake store and are now applying for retrospective permission, but the local council recommend refusal

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019 10:48am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 5 readers' comments

Bring Isle of Wight bus service into public ownership, says councillor

Bus Stop:

As buses minister, Nusrat Ghani MP, reminds local authorities they have freedom to take greater control of bus services, Cllr Lilley believes they should be brought into public ownership on the Isle of Wight.

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019 10:29am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Isle of Wight taxi fares set to rise for first time in six years

20p pieces

New plans have been forward to increase the cost per mile by 20p, rather than 10p, taking the total cost to £2 per mile.

Monday, 20th May, 2019 5:20pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Letter: ‘C’mon Dave Stewart don’t treat us for fools’

Someone dressed as court jester in the street with other people walking past

Steve Gibbs believes changes to how petitions will be accepted, a reduction in the number of public meetings, and the lack of written responses from the council constitute the death of democracy on the Isle of Wight.

Monday, 20th May, 2019 9:35am

By Steve Gibbs with one comment

Isle of Wight welcomes new Member of Youth Parliament and Youth Council

Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) Isaac Lethbridge (Right) , and his deputy is Benson Hardy, from Wootton

The new Isle of Wight Member of Youth Parliament, his deputy and the the Youth council are announced.

Friday, 17th May, 2019 12:18pm

By IW Council Press Office

Traffic lights on Forest Road petition almost 7,000 strong

traffic lights

A month since the fatal incident, the Isle of Wight council has not put any traffic calming measures in place, despite another incident in the same spot.

Thursday, 16th May, 2019 5:37pm

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

Floating Bridge out of service for more repairs

floating bridge suspended

IWC say the suspension is to allow further repairs to the south east hinges and to replace a number of guidewheels.

Thursday, 16th May, 2019 5:32pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Heated debate over changes to how council receive petitions


The changes were voted through, but opposition councillors say the changes will make it harder for residents to engage with the council.

Thursday, 16th May, 2019 5:13pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter