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.

Let’s give Mary Ellis, former WWII pilot, Freedom of the Wight: Sign the petition

mary ellis

We all remember the love that went out to Mary Ellis, Isle of Wight's inspirational former WWII pilot, when she turned 100. She gave so much - Now there's something we can all do for her: Sign this petition to have her honoured with the Freedom of the Island.

Thursday, 23rd February, 2017 6:51pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Budget debate: Read the group leader budget speeches in full (updated)


Leaders of all the groups who worked on and submitted budgets have shared their full speeches with OnTheWight.

Thursday, 23rd February, 2017 4:54pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Conservatives launch ‘brain drain’ campaign

brain drain

The Isle of Wight Conservatives say they are setting up joint approach to keep young talent from leaving the Island after figures show there is a "net outflow of people aged 15 to 29 and a net inflow of people aged 60-69".

Thursday, 23rd February, 2017 3:02pm

By Chris Whitehouse with 20 readers' comments

Maximum council tax rise and series of cuts approved by Isle of Wight council

Axe in wood:

The three proposed budgets were debated for almost two hours at County Hall last night (see our live coverage) but the Conservative-UKIP-IMG proposal narrowly received the most votes.

Thursday, 23rd February, 2017 9:32am

By Sally Perry with 17 readers' comments

Isle of Wight councillors set next year’s budget: Live coverage

voting in iwc county hall chamber

Follow the debate from the comfort of your sofa or office chair. Members will be debating the proposed Conservative-Alliance budget as well as the two alternative budgets.

Wednesday, 22nd February, 2017 4:50pm

By Sally Perry with 27 readers' comments

Awards for Isle of Wight schools who encourage sustainable school run

Newport C of E

Well done to the Isle of Wight primary schools who have received well-deserved awards for encouraging sustainable travel to and from school.

Tuesday, 21st February, 2017 10:47am

By IW Council Press Office with one comment

Call from council Leader to ‘promote wild flowers and insects’

wildflower verges

Caretaker council leader Dave Stewart has said the council should consider less cutting of grass verges this spring to promote wild flowers and insects, and make the Island more beautiful.

Tuesday, 21st February, 2017 10:27am

By Dave Stewart with 41 readers' comments

Labour and Lib Dem Councillors propose lower council tax increase

calculator glasses and paperwork

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 5 readers' comments

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

calculator and money

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 43 readers' comments

Mobile recycling unit travels the Island

mobile waste unit

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 9 readers' comments

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

robin hood statue

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

regeneration site

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