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.

Expansion plans lodged to ‘meet high expectations of our customers’

The Hut restaurant overlooking the sea

The owners of the highly successful restaurant say they won’t be increasing the number of covers (220 currently), but instead will have more space for some new facilities

Tuesday, 12th November, 2019 5:25pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Change to waste collection next week, as staff say goodbye to long-time crew member

Waste collection operator

Staff will be attending the funeral of the long standing and well respected member of the waste and recycling collection crew

Tuesday, 12th November, 2019 11:35am

By IW Council Press Office

Isle of Wight council must set new homelessness strategy by end of year, following new government legislation

homeless bedding under steps

Since 2017 the council has received £1.5 million in funding to tackle homelessness. It'll receive funding for the new strategy, but the amount has not yet been decided

Monday, 11th November, 2019 6:44pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 5 readers' comments

Winter shelter for the Isle of Wight homeless opens next week

night shelter

Salvation Army say the night shelter will be more than just a bed for the night

Saturday, 9th November, 2019 8:38am

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council’s latest plan to lure drivers to use Floating Bridge

floating bridge back in service

Scheme being introduced to encourage use of the Floating Bridge over the winter and runs until 31st March

Friday, 8th November, 2019 12:13pm

By IW Council Press Office with 10 readers' comments

Newport offers a range of free parking days in the run up to Christmas

Parking ticket machine:

Shaping Newport is offering a range of dates for free parking in short-stay car parks. Details within

Friday, 8th November, 2019 10:59am

By IW Council Press Office with 2 readers' comments

Make sure you are registered to vote in the General Election

Clare Shand, Geoff Underwood and Clive Joynes standing outside county hall with the writ

Details within of how to check whether you are registered to vote and how to sign up if you are not. Don't leave it too late, the deadline is Tuesday 26 November

Friday, 8th November, 2019 10:32am

By IW Council Press Office with one comment

Share your views on the proposed new loos

Artists impression of new toilet block in Sandown

Ideas for the location include a redesigned building providing a new food and drink outlet, a separate, new, public convenience facility and enhanced outdoor areas

Thursday, 7th November, 2019 3:34pm

By IW Council Press Office with one comment

Free travel for veterans and military personnel on floating bridge

cowes floating bridge

Cllr Ian Ward says, "We do what we can to support our community and assist those that have made a significant contribution"

Thursday, 7th November, 2019 11:45am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

West Wight school places consultation launched by Isle of Wight council

save our school banner - all saints freshwater

The closure is being proposed due to a significant decline in pupil numbers at the school and significant surplus schools places within the West Wight area

Thursday, 7th November, 2019 9:54am

By IW Council Press Office with 2 readers' comments

Chris Whitehouse steps down from Isle of Wight council

Andrew Turner, Ranil Jayawardena MP Cllr Chris Whitehouse

In a 597-word long press release, Chris Whitehouse has announced that he’s stepping down as an Isle of Wight councillor

Tuesday, 5th November, 2019 1:58pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Letter: No to proposed 465 houses on historic farmland in Ryde

Stop halt sign:

Cllr Michael Lilley is calling for a moratorium on all large scale planning applications in Ryde until there is a fit-for-purpose road infrastructure plan and a new Island Plan which has realistic housing targets and recognises climate change, farming needs and the Island's status as UNESCO Biosphere reserve

Tuesday, 5th November, 2019 8:50am

By Michael Lilley with 5 readers' comments