Shackleton dementia ward will close indefinitely, say IW NHS

Doors to Shackleton Ward

The ward was refurbished to the tune of £200,000 earlier this year after being deemed 'not fit for purpose' by the CQC. Now the NHS say the ward won't reopen.

Friday, 13th September, 2019 5:28pm

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

Isle of Wight council’s offer for Venture Quays accepted by Homes England

venture quays

Talks with Homes England, which owns Venture Quays, have been ongoing for months to determine the future of the site after plans to transform it into a luxury waterfront development, with townhouses, a hotel and bars, fell through.

Friday, 13th September, 2019 3:20pm

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

Change of use application for former pub

the gate pub garden

The site has reportedly changed hands many times and been closed for years.

Thursday, 12th September, 2019 2:59pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Plans for 40 new homes at Palmers Farm resubmitted to Isle of Wight council

Blueprints

A revised planning application of up to 40 houses built in Wootton has been submitted to the Isle of Wight Council.

Thursday, 12th September, 2019 2:42pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Isle of Wight council’s spend on social care agency staff doubled in last year

money and calculator

A third of the agency staff hours worked were to cover permanent staff vacancies, rather than maternity or sick leave. The council say it's a temporary solution.

Wednesday, 11th September, 2019 4:31pm

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

600 Isle of Wight garden waste bins removed after renewal notice only sent by email

garden waste

The council sent renewal reminders to people by email, but many people had not provided an email address and therefore did not receive any notification.

Friday, 6th September, 2019 3:00pm

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

Southampton’s Royal Pier deal scrapped

Artist impression of Southampton Royal Pier

Southampton's Royal Pier development – which was due to sit on the current site of the Red Funnel ferry terminal - has been scrapped. Details within.

Tuesday, 27th August, 2019 7:19pm

By Maria Zaccaro, Local Democracy Reporter

Isle of Wight drug misuse deaths double

pills medication

The Isle of Wight’s mortality rate for drug misuse deaths is also 67 per cent higher than the national average for 2016-18.

Friday, 16th August, 2019 4:32pm

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Ofwat brands Southern Water’s wastewater infrastructure inadequate

surfers against sewage - locations

The Isle of Wight council said challenging Southern Water was the responsibility of its regulators, Ofwat, who have said Southern Water’s standards fell below those of other sewerage companies.

Friday, 16th August, 2019 3:30pm

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter with 5 readers' comments

Isle of Wight cremation costs up 60 per cent since 2009

Coffin on the shoulders of funeral directors

Cremation costs on the Isle of Wight have increased for the eighth time in ten years, but the Isle of Wight Council said its fee was close to the national average.

Friday, 16th August, 2019 12:10pm

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Consultation will identify what Isle of Wight carers want from their support services, say council

Carer

With the contract for support for unpaid cares coming to an end next year, a survey has been launched by the Isle of Wight council asking unpaid carers for their views on the support they receive.

Friday, 16th August, 2019 9:26am

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter

Watchdog says HMP Isle of Wight’s response to rise in violence ‘not good enough’

Prison fencing

Peter Clarke, HM chief inspector of prisons, said there was little support for victims of violence, even though relationships between staff and prisoners were good.

Tuesday, 13th August, 2019 11:21am

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments