Stopping Isle of Wight ferry passengers from staying in cars is a ‘mistake’ says councillor

richard hollis shaking hands with nick stuart

Cllr Hollis told the scrutiny meeting that "I would have thought the ferries were the worst places for passing on infection" - IW Public Health say they are working hard to ensure good hygiene on ferries

Tuesday, 14th July, 2020 4:13pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments

Isle of Wight hospital still seeing new Coronavirus patients

st mary's hospital

The CEO of Isle of Wight NHS Trust says there will be many, many months of having to manage visitors to the hospital in "a really robust way" and that they have to be as vigilant as they were in February

Monday, 13th July, 2020 1:06pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Demolition of heritage lookout tower refused by Isle of Wight council planners

A still from the Isle of Wight Archive's film of the Cliff End observation tower

The company was asking for planning permission to demolish the structure as soon as possible, but it was refused on two grounds. Details within

Friday, 10th July, 2020 4:49pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council reveal how they will cope with £10m funding gap

Stuart Hutchinson

The Cabinet member for resources says the Isle of Wight council faces a serious challenge for the next financial year and will start working on that in the next couple of months

Thursday, 9th July, 2020 4:41pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

£1.3m purchase of Venture Quays by Isle of Wight council scrutinised

Venture Quays

"We need to keep that engineering heritage", "We can buy this and keep this site for the Island", “It is our decision, we will own it and we will take responsibility for it” and "we will keep a really good reputation for being business-friendly" are just some of the comments by councillors discussing the purchase of Venture Quays

Thursday, 9th July, 2020 8:49am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Hard work of Isle of Wight care homes means no new Covid-19 cases since 24th May

happy older woman

At one stage of the pandemic, Coronavirus was present in more a third of care homes on the Island, but the spread has now been brought under control

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 1:16pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight primary school retain Ofsted ‘Good’ rating

Row of coloured pencils

The school was found to be taking effective action to improve standards and prioritise pupils' achievement

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 8:50am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Extension to community library ‘still too expensive a project to take on’

Freshwater Library

Friends of Freshwater Library (FOFL) say it would be an unfair burden on the community to ask them to fundraise the sums needed

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 8:43am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Parish council set out a range of objections to UKOG’s oil drilling plans in Arreton (updated)

Arreton PC Censored

Concerns about what would happen if UKOG do find oil; discrepancies in planning documents; issues with water; traffic and dangerous roads were all raised at the parish council meeting

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 8:29am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight councillor Wayne Whittle ‘disappointed’ about delay of FastCat return

Cllr Wayne Whittle is disappointed

Cllr Wayne Whittle says Wightlink need to bring the Fastcat back into service now, and describes talks with the ferry company bosses as ‘very distressing’

Saturday, 4th July, 2020 1:07pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 14 readers' comments

Food Warehouse plans for former site of PC World

artist's impression of food warehouse signage

The Food Warehouse trades like a wholesale business, selling a larger number of items at a cheaper price, but also the typical smaller, supermarket staples

Tuesday, 30th June, 2020 4:59pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Don’t Drill the Wight Campaign launches with Islanders urged to have their say

Don't Drill The Wight campaign launch

The Don't Drill the Wight campaign was launched on Saturday to an audience of around 50 people in Merstone

Monday, 29th June, 2020 3:12pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 6 readers' comments