Planning row erupts amid claims of ‘East Cowes land grab’

Blueprints

Concerns have been raised by residents and councillors as a planning application for thirty new houses in Whippingham goes out public consultation.

Thursday, 19th April, 2018 5:49pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 7 readers' comments

Ferry company counters concerns over upcoming alcohol licence

Alcohol

Concerns raised by a resident and the town council have been countered by the ferry company who say there have only been two incidents of drunken behaviour in the last 12 months, neither of which were caused by their passengers.

Thursday, 19th April, 2018 10:49am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Plans to extend Mole Country Stores rejected

mole valley

The revised application to extend Mole Country Stores in Blackwater was rejected by six votes to two.

Wednesday, 18th April, 2018 4:50pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 11 readers' comments

First UK Hyperloop One Basingstoke to Woking? Route under discussion says Hants Councillor

Screen grab from Virgin Hyperloop One video

The details of what appears to be the first Virgin Hyperloop One route in the UK popped up in a council meeting in Hampshire. A Chinese firm would build the tunnel and, with a legislation change, the route could go all the way to Heathrow.

Thursday, 5th April, 2018 5:49pm

By William Rimell, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

The Solent’s National Autonomy Centre is pioneering many autonomous vehicles – including Lifeboats

autonomous RIB lifeboat in Portsmouth

The National Autonomy Centre, based around Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight, is building and testing a wide range of autonomous and driverless, as they revealed last night - including Lifeboats.

Thursday, 29th March, 2018 11:01am

By Fiona Callingham, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Reduced tip opening times lead to fly-tipping concerns

flytipping in countryside

Changes were approved last year and means Lynnbottom will close at 6pm - even through the summer. Concerns of a rise in fly-tipping have been raised.

Wednesday, 28th March, 2018 5:21pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 7 readers' comments

Committee approve plans for schools new boarding house in Ryde

ryde school artist impression from water

The application was approved by seven votes to five at a meeting of the planning committee on Tuesday and will now go before the Secretary of State, following an objection from Sport England.

Wednesday, 28th March, 2018 11:40am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 23 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Planning Committee give controversial planning applications the go-ahead

medina yard

Despite strong objections from various quarters, two controversial planning applications were given the go ahead at tonight's Isle of Wight planning committee meeting.

Tuesday, 27th March, 2018 9:04pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 9 readers' comments

Isle of Wight councillor suffers stroke at County Hall

county-hall-simon-haytack-barry abraham

The councillor was initially advised to go home and call his GP, but he was taken to hospital, where he spent a night in the stroke unit.

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018 4:22pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Isle of Wight schools accused of ‘erratic’ results by boss for school improvement

Too much attention has been focused on pupils close to the 'C' or 4 grade threshold, often to the detriment of less academically-able pupils, says a Isle of Wight council report.

Monday, 19th March, 2018 5:18pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 8 readers' comments

Isle of Wight school absence fines five times the country average

School crossing sign :

The number of penalties issued for absences during term time in 2016-17 on the Isle of Wight was five times the national average, at 64 per 1,000 pupils.

Thursday, 15th March, 2018 4:27pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments

Isle of Wight radiotherapy patients will not have to travel to Oxford says NHS England

hospital beds

It appears the Isle of Wight council misunderstood the plans and NHS England has today confirmed that cancer patients will not have to travel to Oxford for treatment.

Thursday, 15th March, 2018 3:04pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter