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 funding pledge to help reduce child poverty

neglected child nspcc

Thanks to a motion by Cllr Michael Lilley, the Isle of Wight the council unanimously voted to prioritise funding to reduce child poverty ‘significantly’ over the next five years.

Friday, 18th January, 2019 4:35pm

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

Planning application should be withdrawn say residents and parish council

stop sign

Residents (including the landowner) and the parish council say they have not been consulted properly on the proposed scheme and insist it is withdrawn pending "proper consultation process and consideration of alternative measures".

Thursday, 17th January, 2019 4:19pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Isle of Wight council vote for Fire Authority merge with Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton

Fire engine - IW Fire service name in full

Views were divided at last night's council meeting where councillors voted in favour of merging the Isle of Wight Authority with Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton, with one councillor stating the FBU only supporting it as the "least worst evil".

Thursday, 17th January, 2019 2:27pm

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

Closure of Gurnard beach by council ‘indefinite’, unless …

Gurnard beach closed

There's quite a bit of concern in Gurnard about a beach that's access has been blocked by a newly constructed fence. OnTheWight has been pulling the pieces together to better understand it.

Thursday, 17th January, 2019 9:15am

By Simon Perry with one comment

Summary of Floating Bridge saga (so far!) captured in one video

floating bridge using MV seaclear

The Floating Bridge saga has been so long it's really hard to remember all that's happened. This just-launched video recaps it all, also raising questions we hadn't heard before. Worth a watch. Has the 2017 words of Dave Stewart echoing throughout, 'I think it will be done a lot sooner than we think'.

Wednesday, 16th January, 2019 6:51pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Catch up: Isle of Wight council debate three petitions and more

iwc november from youtube

Find out what your councillor has to say about the issues being debated at first Isle of Wight full council meeting of 2019. Follow our live reporting here.

Wednesday, 16th January, 2019 5:46pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Campaigners to protest at Isle of Wight council cuts to public services

Collection of No Cuts banners

Islanders concerned by proposed cuts to public services will be gathering outside County Hall prior to the full council meeting tonight.

Wednesday, 16th January, 2019 4:13pm

By Sally Perry

Call for Isle of Wight council to recognise vital work of Law Centre

outside the iw law centre

Colleen Brannon from Island Labour shares the speech she will make at tonight's full council meeting, in defence of the Law Centre, which provides help to vulnerable Islanders and says it saved the council between £1.5-£1.9m in 2017.

Wednesday, 16th January, 2019 9:49am

By Colleen Brannon

‘Son of God’ gibe leads to Cllr Whittle labelled ‘vacuous child’ as residents clash with councillors at Ryde Regeneration meeting

royal-esplanade-hotel-ryde with whittle and icke

There was standing room only at last night's Ryde Society meeting as residents clashed with Isle of Wight councillors over regeneration plans. Read the report from the meeting.

Tuesday, 15th January, 2019 5:06pm

By Peter Gruner with 11 readers' comments

Cash boost and regeneration manager for project to rebrand Newport

Shaping Newport

Newport and Carisbrooke Parish Council has allocated £20,000 to the Shaping Newport project, and an undisclosed amount from Isle of Wight Council will be contributed to the scheme to rebrand Newport.

Tuesday, 15th January, 2019 4:34pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Decision on Cross-Solent Travel Scheme already made, reminds Isle of Wight council CEO

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

The CEO reminded members that the decision to scrap the funding, as suggested by Director of Adult Social Care, had already been made but was yet to be ratified.

Tuesday, 15th January, 2019 1:30pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Councillors to receive 4,000+ strong petition against changes to Newport parking charges

Parking meter

Over 4,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Isle of Wight council to scrap their plans to introduce charges for overnight on-street parking in Newport. It will be presented to the full council on Wednesday evening.

Tuesday, 15th January, 2019 12:09pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter