Female Isle of Wight councillor called ‘a coward’ and another told to ‘shut up’ by male colleagues

banner being held at march that reads what lessens one of us lessens all of us

Two female councillors were at the end of insulting comments at Wednesday night's Isle of Wight council meeting. One being called 'a coward' and the other being told to 'shut up'

Friday, 18th September, 2020 5:35pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 18 readers' comments

Weekend operations among action plans to catch up with hospital backlog

st mary's hospital

Funding has been applied for by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust to carry out an action plan aimed at reducing the backlog of treatments at St Mary's Hospital. Details within

Thursday, 17th September, 2020 12:01pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Isle of Wight Hunt court appearance avoided thanks to agreement with council (updated)

foxhound puppies

The noise abatement order was breached over a year ago, but an 'accommodation' was reached this week, meaning the Isle of Wight Hunt directors avoided a court appearance

Tuesday, 15th September, 2020 5:44pm

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

We mustn’t be complacent about Coronavirus, says Isle of Wight health chief

boy washing hands at sink

“Some people in some areas seem to be getting somewhat complacent" says CEO of Isle of Wight NHS Trust, as she issues a warning to not let our guards down

Monday, 14th September, 2020 3:25pm

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

‘No new floating bridge’ says Isle of Wight council leader

floating bridge

Isle of Wight council leader said the need to remove the floating bridge from service at the same time as St Mary's roundabout works led to a 'perfect storm of destruction'

Monday, 14th September, 2020 12:50pm

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

Don’t be pressured by your employer to get a Covid-19 test says health chief

illustation of person having covid-19 test by United Nations

The Director of Public Health advised against travelling off the Isle of Wight to take a Covid-19 test. Details of that, and more, within

Friday, 11th September, 2020 12:07pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Southampton Boat Show cancelled day before opening on Public Health recommendation. MP objects

southampton boat show

Conservative MP says he's embarrassed by council's actions, adding that "If this was dangerous it was dangerous two months ago or last week, it was not dangerous at seven o’clock last night"

Friday, 11th September, 2020 11:12am

By Maria Zaccaro, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Call for no more ‘cloak and dagger’ approaches to Floating Bridge fixes

floating bridge suspended sign

The long-running saga of the Cowes Floating Bridge was discussed at last night's Isle of Wight council Scrutiny Committee. Details within

Wednesday, 9th September, 2020 3:21pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 9 readers' comments

First Inquest cases heard by Isle of Wight Coroner since lockdown

Newport Crown and Magistrates Court:

As the Coroner's Court reopens after lockdown, the first few cases were heard last week

Monday, 7th September, 2020 4:13pm

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

School leaders preparing for ‘when’ Covid-19 cases appear

boy holding a bubble making

As well as all the expected guidelines such as washing hands, one-way systems, staggered start and finishes, pupils are being placed in bubbles to help stop the spread of the virus

Friday, 4th September, 2020 1:33pm

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

£10.7m budget gap in Isle of Wight council coffers, despite funding from Government

Abacus and paper

Several projects have been put on hold after it was revealed the council budget gap has grown to £10.7m

Thursday, 3rd September, 2020 5:13pm

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

Planned removal of vital parking spaces a ‘technical error’ says Isle of Wight council

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The Isle of Wight council said information supplied as part of the consultation process contained misleading information due to a technical error

Wednesday, 2nd September, 2020 10:26am

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