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.

Staunch Conservative councillor encourages people to vote for UKIP or Brexit Party

Ian Ward's Tweet about Brexit

Always surprising when someone who has been so faithful to one party then recommends voting for another.

Thursday, 11th April, 2019 6:39pm

By Simon Perry with 10 readers' comments

74 Isle of Wight athletes, from eight to 80, now part of Council’s Talented Athlete Scheme

Talented athletes

From an eight year-old skateboarder to an 80-year-old athlete, 75 gifted sportspeople are being supported by the Talented Athlete Scheme this year.

Thursday, 11th April, 2019 5:18pm

By IW Council Press Office

See how Isle of Wight County Hall salaries fare in the ‘Town Hall Rich List’

county hall

Isle of Wight Council say the salaries, particularly the CEO's, were below average when compared with many across the country.

Thursday, 11th April, 2019 4:17pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 5 readers' comments

Previously hidden details emerge about Floating Bridge crew airlift incident

floating bridge

The Isle of Wight council has so far hidden the circumstances of what happened to a Floating Bridge crew member that led them to be airlifted to hospital.

Wednesday, 10th April, 2019 6:49pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Freshwater community proposes alternative to planned school closure

Community against All Saints closure

The Freshwater community, current and former school parents and community volunteers, together with Freshwater Parish and County Councillors suggest an alternative plan to resolve school places in West Wight

Wednesday, 10th April, 2019 5:05pm

By Daniel James

New specialist vehicle will help resurfacing of narrow Isle of Wight roads

the midi paver

The new ‘midi-paver’ will be used extensively in the coming year when numerous rural roads will be improved as part of the 2019 programme of works.

Wednesday, 10th April, 2019 4:15pm

By Gavin Foster with 4 readers' comments

‘Recreation pond’ planned at farm for inflatables, kayaking and paddleboarding

shoreline kayaks by ddebold

Five geodesic domes have already been built as "luxury glamping accommodation" but these plans are for a 'recreation pond" to allow water activities at the farm.

Tuesday, 9th April, 2019 5:40pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

MP calls for lower housing targets on the Isle of Wight

bob seely - treason - parliamentlive tv

The Isle of Wight MP says he's "very interested to hear what my constituents think about the Island Plan".

Tuesday, 9th April, 2019 3:48pm

By The Office of Bob Seely

Solent LEP wants your views on a Local Industrial Strategy

support keyboard

The Solent LEP would like to hear from anyone who could be affected by the survey, including younger and older generations, the general public, private, academic and voluntary sectors and all areas of the Solent.

Friday, 5th April, 2019 12:04pm

By Richard Jones

Change in law could see Isle of Wight suicide rate rise


Head of the Isle of Wight Youth Trust welcomes the change in law adding that she believes there has been a lot of under-reporting in the past.

Thursday, 4th April, 2019 6:21pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments

Number of young suicidal Islanders reaching out has doubled

teenager mobile phone

Head of the Isle of Wight Youth Trust says many young people feel like they don’t belong, that the community doesn’t think much of them.

Thursday, 4th April, 2019 6:10pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Growing concern from some Isle of Wight residents over the possible 5G rollout

van with giveG as registration plate

Leader of Isle of Wight council says "it's not a priority for us to get to 5G", the CEO says they do not have the power to restrict the rollout, and some residents say "our health and environment come before faster Internet speeds".

Thursday, 4th April, 2019 3:27pm

By Sally Perry with 16 readers' comments