Isle of Wight council taskforce to take constructive look at freeing up beds at St Mary’s

Hospital Bed

The Isle of Wight Council’s health and social care scrutiny committee has set up a task and finish group to investigate delays in discharging people from hospital

Thursday, 23rd January, 2020 5:16pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 12 readers' comments

Isle of Wight primary school rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted

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Standards at the school have risen since 2016, but the Ofsted inspection framework now being used is very different to the one in place in 2011, when the school was last inspected

Thursday, 23rd January, 2020 4:57pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Plans to replace bungalow with block of flats approved by Isle of Wight council’s planning committee


The agent argued the brownfield site was suitable for the development and said the differences between the current and previous proposals were negligible

Wednesday, 22nd January, 2020 4:57pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Improvement in Isle of Wight A&E waiting times, despite busy festive period

Although below the national average, there are improvements being made in recent months to waiting time targets at St Mary's Hospital

Wednesday, 22nd January, 2020 4:28pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Isle of Wight Norovirus outbreak now contained

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The outbreak of Norovirus at St Mary's Hospital has been contained, but anyone displaying symptoms should try to manage at home to avoid passing on

Tuesday, 21st January, 2020 12:05pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Attitudes to new housing developments ‘need to change’, says draft planning strategy

fence of building site with warning signs

Unscrupulous landlords, second homes, affordability and traveller sites are just some of the items raised in the draft Planning Strategy

Monday, 20th January, 2020 6:50pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 8 readers' comments

Ryde town councillors resign after ‘no confidence’ motions defeated (update 3)

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Two of the councillors calling for 'no confidence' motions have resigned today with immediate effect

Monday, 20th January, 2020 4:09pm

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

Water supply works could start before planning permission granted

Southern Water meter fitting

In order to maintain supplies to the surrounding area, Southern Water say the new equipment needs to be installed and operational by end of February

Monday, 20th January, 2020 8:46am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Isle of Wight councillors criticised for ‘not pulling their weight’

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With vacancies on several committees, councillors have been criticised for not pulling their weight in the chamber. Meanwhile Reg Barry has been a councillor since 1993 and never missed a full council meeting

Thursday, 16th January, 2020 5:44pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 11 readers' comments

Villagers oppose plans for 20 new homes on greenfield land

whitwell planning site plan

Villagers argue there isn't sufficient infrastructure to support the proposed new homes, while the applicant says it will encourage young families back to the area and offer current residents the option to downsize

Wednesday, 15th January, 2020 4:11pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

£1.2million boost sees new unit and more beds at St Mary’s to ease winter pressures

St mary's hospital

The new nurse-led unit, based on the site of the former Compton Ward, will help reduce some of the additional demand winter brings to help patients leave hospital as soon as they are able to

Wednesday, 15th January, 2020 12:28pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Improvements to section of M27 approved, with tech solutions to bottleneck problems

motorway roadworks

If you use the M27 and have experienced delays due to the bottleneck at Junction 7, these improvements should be welcomed

Wednesday, 15th January, 2020 10:47am

By Maria Zaccaro, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments