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 make case to Government again about spending cuts

County Hall

Compared with ‘comparative’ authorities on the mainland, the impact of funding reductions and strict spending controls are felt to a greater extent by the Isle of Wight's community say the council.

Wednesday, 28th September, 2016 3:49pm

By IW Council Press Office with 31 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Sensory Service makes national award shortlist

Thumbs up man

Congratulations to Action on Hearing Loss, whose sensory service has been shortlisted in the ‘Improved partnerships between health and local government’ category at the Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards.

Wednesday, 28th September, 2016 12:44pm

By IW Council Press Office

Steps to Orchard Bay rebuilt after two years of closure

orchard bay

Well done to all involved for ensuring the steps to this wonderfully secluded beach in St Lawrence will be reopened. If you can't make it in person, have a virtual tour of the beach through our photo sphere.

Tuesday, 27th September, 2016 2:45pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Indies claim IW Tories working with Hampshire to derail Solent Deal


The Island Independents claim IW Conservative councillors plan to derail the Solent Deal so the Isle of Wight can be absorbed into a Conservative-led Hampshire and Isle of Wight.

Thursday, 22nd September, 2016 12:04pm

By Jonathan Bacon with 83 readers' comments

Live coverage of the full council meeting

county hall chamber

Follow the live discussion and debate from the September full council meeting being held at County Hall from 6pm.

Wednesday, 21st September, 2016 5:45pm

By Sally Perry with 18 readers' comments

Solent Devolution: Leader deflects accusations in email ping-pong

ping pong

Conservative councillor, Chris Whitehouse claims the '£30m pa for 30 years' Solent Deal is "not new or additional money". If true, the Leader of the council says it would undermine all the promises from the Government.

Wednesday, 21st September, 2016 5:07pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Around 1,500 women on the Isle of Wight affected by changes to state pensions

Baby in the 1950s

Cllr Geoff Lumley will ask his fellow councillors to support a motion calling on the government to make fair transitional state pension arrangements for all women born on or after 6 April 1951.

Monday, 19th September, 2016 4:47pm

By Sally Perry with 52 readers' comments

Park of the Year Award for historic Ventnor Park

ventnor park

We're big fans of this beautiful Victorian park so pleased to hear the hard work of all those who tend to it has been recognised.

Friday, 16th September, 2016 12:16pm

By IW Council Press Office with 5 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Day bunting row: Elf ‘n’ safety gawn mad? (updated)


Elf 'n' Safety strikes again as a chunk of Isle of Wight Day bunting is removed and destroyed in Lake.

Thursday, 15th September, 2016 7:47am

By Sally Perry with 14 readers' comments

On: Off: On: Isle of Wight council meeting now back on next week (updated)

Off switch

It was on, then off, and now back on again. The Isle of Wight council will be holding their September meeting next week. But will the motion of no confidence still be tabled?

Wednesday, 14th September, 2016 12:27pm

By Sally Perry with 30 readers' comments

‘Fiddling’ allegations as row over cancellation of council meeting continues


Conservative Isle of Wight councillor, Dave Stewart, says the Independent administration have been caught "playing the fiddle while Rome burns", but Leader, Jonathan Bacon claims it is "Cllr Stewart who is fiddling".

Wednesday, 14th September, 2016 11:00am

By Sally Perry with 19 readers' comments

Scarecrows join campaign to Save Westridge Farm (photo gallery)


Residents in Ryde, fighting to protect one of the last working dairy farms on the Isle of Wight, have taken to making scarecrows in a creative bid to scare off a planning application.

Monday, 12th September, 2016 5:59pm

By Mark Gaskin with 2 readers' comments