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New mental health service launched on the Isle of Wight

Isorropia team picture

A new mental health service provider on the Isle of Wight is able to offer a team of staff and volunteers, who not only have professional training to support people, but also have real experience of what it’s like to tackle this and navigate through health and care system.

Wednesday, 18th September, 2019 6:04pm

By Priya Mistry with 3 readers' comments

End of school day ‘potentially dangerous’ says head of Isle of Wight primary school

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In a letter to parents, Carisbrooke Primary's head of school said the decision made by the other schools to change their hours was potentially dangerous — and the primary school had not been consulted.

Wednesday, 18th September, 2019 5:39pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Have your say on plans for network of bus-priority routes

Back of the bus

Isle of Wight Council are working together with Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council on a network of bus-priority routes and want to hear your views on the plans.

Wednesday, 18th September, 2019 5:21pm

By Fiona Callingham, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments

Maths improvement for Isle of Wight primary children taking part in special initiative

colourful abacus

The maths improvement has meant an uplift of nine per cent in the proportion of pupils achieving ‘age related expectations’ in the schools involved in the project.

Wednesday, 18th September, 2019 4:41pm

By IW Council Press Office

All welcome to ‘Heading for Extinction and what to do about it’ talks

extinction rebellion protesters

If you are considering taking action, or going to London for the October uprising that starts on 7th October, you may want to attend these talks.

Wednesday, 18th September, 2019 9:10am

By IW Extinction Rebellion with 6 readers' comments

Jazzy Heath launches new pop single, I Found Love in Tokyo

I Found Love In Tokyo cover artwork cropped

This sparkly pop tune was the result of Jazzy’s first trip to Japan, which ultimately led to her moving to the dazzling city of Tokyo at the start of the year!

Wednesday, 18th September, 2019 9:01am

By Sally Perry

Former middle school site could see supported housing for older people


Work is expected to start in the next two years.

Tuesday, 17th September, 2019 2:16pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Residents to vote on new parking zones

residents parking

Following a consultation, residents' parking zones have been requested on 84 roads in the town.

Tuesday, 17th September, 2019 12:29pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Rollout schedule for new Island Line trains, enhancements and what we can expect

Island Line Infrastructure Upgrade graphic

If you’re asking - When will the first new train arrive? The free station WiFi start? The last 1938 train run? The half-hour service start? OnTheWight has answers for you.

Tuesday, 17th September, 2019 11:40am

By Simon Perry with 7 readers' comments

Your feedback sought on Appley Tower Feasibility Report

appley tower

Following an initial round of stakeholder consultations, the Natural Enterprise Appley Tower Feasibility Report is now available for public consultation.

Tuesday, 17th September, 2019 11:11am

By Graham Biss

First look at new Island Line train interior (HD computer rendering)

Slice of SWR Island Line Interiors

It’s all change for the new upcoming Island Line trains. OnTheWight has secured a first glimpse at what the interiors will look like and detail their new facilities and passenger capacity.

Tuesday, 17th September, 2019 8:45am

By Simon Perry with 4 readers' comments

Light Rail Isle of Wight are not happy about yesterday’s Island Line announcement

Light Rail IOW mockup

Not everyone is happy about yesterday’s announcement of the five new trains for Island Line. Roger Berrisford, spokesman for Light Rail Isle of Wight rips into it, labelling it a ‘shameful day’.

Tuesday, 17th September, 2019 1:15am

By Roger Berrisford with 10 readers' comments