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 councillors vote to reduce the council tax support subsidy

Looking down a spiral staircase by Robin Schreiner

Opposition councillor, Paul Fuller, said it was unfair and mean that IWC was focusing on trying to raise a few savings from people who can ill afford it

Friday, 22nd January, 2021 4:25pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 19 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council drop Bus Pass time restrictions for older travellers

The free bus travel for older residents will be available before 9.30am to help them make use of early morning slots for vaccines, healthcare, shopping and other vital appointments

Friday, 22nd January, 2021 9:34am

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight test centre still seeing people with mainland postcodes – but it’s tiny

covid-19 drive through testing centre - person standing at door of car with clipboard

The Covid-19 virus thrives on social contact - more social contact leads to rising cases, which leads to more hospital admissions and tragically, more people dying

Friday, 22nd January, 2021 8:21am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Feasibility study into extending Island Line to Ventnor and Newport underway

The feasibility study into extending Island Line from Ryde to Newport and Shanklin to Ventnor has begun but Bob Seely says it can only proceed with the support and cooperation of the Steam Railway

Thursday, 21st January, 2021 4:22pm

By IW Council Press Office with 20 readers' comments

Dinosaur Isle: Unrivalled tourism offer planned as part of major project, says council leader

Dinosaur Isle on a summer day with two people walking in front of it

Residents in Sandown have been waiting a long time to hear what will be happening with Dinosaur Isle and the land occupied by Brown's Golf Course and Artecology's studio

Thursday, 21st January, 2021 1:14pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Plan to give Isle of Wight residents a stronger voice through a Citizens’ Assembly voted down by councillors

Thumbs down symbol behind window covered in rain drops with thumbs up reflecting in them

It was suggested the councillors missed the point of the motion, and some were accused of making personal attacks on Cllr Lilley. Comprehensive report within

Thursday, 21st January, 2021 12:28pm

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council: Catch-up with coverage of first meeting of 2021

woman typing

Catch-up with our live reporting from the first Isle of Wight council meeting of 2021 as they consider and debate a number of issues

Wednesday, 20th January, 2021 5:04pm

By Sally Perry with 12 readers' comments

For first time Census will be run mostly online in 2021 and includes news questions

The census includes a bunch of the usual questions, but this year includes whether you've served in the armed forces. There'll also be some voluntary questions for over 16s about sexual orientation and gender identity

Wednesday, 20th January, 2021 12:28pm

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

New pay policy for Isle of Wight council staff sees senior officers earn up to £114,000

Abacus sitting on printed documents

At tonight's Isle of Wight council meeting members will be voting on a revised pay policy for council staff. Details within

Wednesday, 20th January, 2021 10:05am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Call for Citizens’ Assembly to help rebuild the Isle of Wight post-Covid

People sat around a table for a meeting

A Citizens’ Assembly is a representative group of residents who are selected at random from the population to learn about, deliberate upon, and make recommendations in relation to a particular issue or set of issues

Wednesday, 20th January, 2021 9:18am

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

IWC taking legal action, but who is responsible for the design of Floating Bridge 6?

Cowes floating bridge getting chained

The company being named by the Isle of Wight council as the "designer" of Cowes Floating Bridge 6 has previously claimed they were "not responsible for the design"

Tuesday, 19th January, 2021 12:20pm

By Sally Perry with 15 readers' comments

Motocross launch appeal against decision by Isle of Wight Council’s planning department

Motoxiow track

In his appeal, Mr Collins said the national motocross body had ‘never experienced this level of obstruction’ from a local council

Monday, 18th January, 2021 5:44pm

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