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.

Eight per cent improvement in Isle of Wight SATs maths results: Faster than national average

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There was an eight per cent improvement in maths on the Isle of Wight, compared to the national figure which rose by 3%.

Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 5:44pm

By IW Council Press Office with 2 readers' comments

Letter: Wait for Island Plan to be implemented before closing schools

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Central and West Wight Labour Party say the Isle of Wight council should wait for the Island Plan to be implemented before closing any schools and disrupting staff and pupils.

Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 4:38pm

By Richard Steele with one comment

How to get help if you are a victim of domestic abuse

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This year's themes for the domestic abuse campaign are emotional abuse, effects on health, role of family and friends, bystander intervention and sexual abuse.

Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 4:05pm

By IW Council Press Office

Major roadworks at Fishbourne Lane: Over three phases to avoid disruption

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The duration of the entire scheme is ten weeks, but this is phased to avoid work during the school summer holidays and ensuring that road closures are kept to a minimum.

Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 10:23am

By Claire Robertson with one comment

Parents to challenge Isle of Wight council decision to close Yarmouth School

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A group of well-informed parents are preparing a challenge to the Isle of Wight Council’s current proposal to close Yarmouth CE Primary School. Governors have invited parents to a meeting tonight (Wednesday).

Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 10:00am

By Steve Cowley with one comment

Diocese concerned at speed of Isle of Wight council decision-making over West Wight school places

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The Diocese say they understand the opposition from parents and acknowledge the need to address surplus school places, but are concerned at the rapid timescales involved in taking these significant decisions.

Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 9:10am

By Neil Pugmire

Portsmouth City Council could call for primary school SATs to be abolished

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One councillor believes SATs are in place to test the teachers rather than the students adding "it's all about the league tables with no regard given to the children". The Cabinet member said she'd get rid of league tables in a heartbeat. Could the Isle of Wight follow suit?

Tuesday, 9th July, 2019 6:13pm

By Fiona Callingham, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Prison Minister to visit Camp Hill to discuss future plans

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Minister of State for Justice, Robert Buckland, has agreed to meet the Isle of Wight MP at Camp Hill to discuss plans to use the land for new housing and also for a possible public sector hub.

Tuesday, 9th July, 2019 3:14pm

By The Office of Bob Seely

Contrary to IWC press release Cowes Floating Bridge is operating

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Despite advising the media late Friday afternoon that the floating bridge would be out of action from Monday morning, the IWC are now saying it is in service today.

Monday, 8th July, 2019 8:42am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Floating bridge out of service all week: Updated

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Cowes Harbour Commission say the work will take place Tues-Thurs, but Isle of Wight council say the Floating Bridge will be out of action for five days.

Saturday, 6th July, 2019 2:50pm

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Islands Roads say sorry for Newport traffic gridlock and urge drivers to avoid the area

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The lights are being repaired by a mainland company and hope to be working again by the morning.

Thursday, 4th July, 2019 4:17pm

By IW Council Press Office with 6 readers' comments

Free entry day at Newport Roman Villa

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Have your archaeological finds identified and find out more about the fascinating Historic Environment Record at the Newport Roman Villa Free Open Day

Thursday, 4th July, 2019 11:32am

By IW Council Press Office