Expansion plans lodged to ‘meet high expectations of our customers’

The Hut restaurant overlooking the sea

The owners of the highly successful restaurant say they won’t be increasing the number of covers (220 currently), but instead will have more space for some new facilities

Tuesday, 12th November, 2019 5:25pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Isle of Wight council must set new homelessness strategy by end of year, following new government legislation

homeless bedding under steps

Since 2017 the council has received £1.5 million in funding to tackle homelessness. It'll receive funding for the new strategy, but the amount has not yet been decided

Monday, 11th November, 2019 6:44pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 5 readers' comments

Plans for CCTV submitted to deter drug use, indecent exposure and ‘less desirable people’

cctv watching you

There are plans for the CCTV next to the children’s play area to capture images where there have been ‘minor crime implications’ such as drug use, indecent exposure and criminal damage

Thursday, 7th November, 2019 9:26am

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

Reported domestic abuse incidents the ‘very tip of the iceberg’, says refuge CEO

Domestic Abuse

35.3 per cent of reported abuse was committed by a spouse or partner with a further third carried out by former partners, and one in four abusive episodes were fuelled by alcohol

Wednesday, 6th November, 2019 5:36pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Cuts to number of mental health beds ‘gone too far’ says Royal College of Psychiatrists President (updated)

Doors to Shackleton Ward

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) has said hundreds of mental health beds across the country (including the Isle of Wight) are needed urgently to stop the ‘shameful’ practice of sending ill patients far from home for treatment

Wednesday, 6th November, 2019 12:27pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Spinnaker Tower lights to be switched back on – No longer powered by floppy disk!

spinnaker tower lit up during christmas xmas 2007

The Spinnaker has been dark since September. Now refitted with hi-tech lights, OnTheWight’s got the details of when the new free light show is on – see within for dates and times

Tuesday, 5th November, 2019 12:19pm

By Fiona Callingham, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Councillor votes in favour of planning application she repeatedly said she’d vote against

vanessa churchman

Despite repeatedly saying she would vote against the application, the councillor actually voted in favour, passing it by six to three

Monday, 4th November, 2019 4:36pm

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

Isle of Wight Crematorium suffers broken heating system

sign to crematorium

If you need to attend the Crematorium over the weekend, be aware that the heating system is broken and won't be repaired until Monday

Friday, 1st November, 2019 5:05pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Isle of Wight plans for dogs on leads and bans from some public places protested by dog owners

wendy and michael murwill at puppy protest

Over 50 dog walkers gathered on Ryde beach on Wednesday to protest at the proposals to force dogs on leads and bans in many public areas on the Island

Thursday, 31st October, 2019 11:28am

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

Isle of Wight adults more active than most, but one in three Year 6 children overweight

running legs

The Isle of Wight’s latest health profile has been released with some interesting facts about the health of Islanders young and older

Wednesday, 30th October, 2019 4:58pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Half a million pounds collected at St Mary’s car park in last year

new parking machines at st mary's

£134,000 of that was paid for by staff.

Wednesday, 30th October, 2019 4:43pm

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

Lack of incontinence pads leads to 70-year-old ‘laying in his own urine’

elderly lady's hands

Care staff said they delay changing pads to make them last — because of NHS allocations. The NHS Trust say if a patient needed more, they would be provided with them

Tuesday, 29th October, 2019 4:42pm

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