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Letter: No to proposed 465 houses on historic farmland in Ryde

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Cllr Michael Lilley is calling for a moratorium on all large scale planning applications in Ryde until there is a fit-for-purpose road infrastructure plan and a new Island Plan which has realistic housing targets and recognises climate change, farming needs and the Island's status as UNESCO Biosphere reserve

Tuesday, 5th November, 2019 8:50am

By Michael Lilley with 5 readers' comments

Letter: Uplifting experience shows there’s ‘still hope for humanity’

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Kerstin shares details of an uplifting experience she had this morning, which gives her "hope that in these darker times (yes, I mean Brexit) there is still hope for humanity out there"

Tuesday, 15th October, 2019 2:20pm

By Kerstin Voigt with 3 readers' comments

Letter: Bob Seely should be calling out and rejecting this politics of hate and division

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Vix Lowthion says the Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, must call out and overwhelmingly reject the politics of hate, division and stoking up of emotions against each other, "Instead of arrogance and anger, we need humility and hope".

Thursday, 26th September, 2019 11:13am

By Vix Lowthion with 31 readers' comments

Letter: Shortening of school day has led to home time safety concerns

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Peter Shreeve says schools have limited resources and are to some extent forced into making unpalatable decisions, but shortening the school day is done to save money.

Tuesday, 24th September, 2019 10:37am

By Peter Shreeve

Letter: West Wight parents blighted by conflicting messages over planned school closure

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Steve Cowley says parents cannot plan their children's education and schools are blighted by conflicting messages coming out of the Isle of Wight council.

Monday, 23rd September, 2019 5:32pm

By Steve Cowley

Letter: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

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This reader shares his views on the plans for St Mary's roundabout and offers some practical solutions that he believes would save the IWC millions.

Friday, 6th September, 2019 10:40am

By Colin with 5 readers' comments

Letter: ‘Only alternative to mendacious prime minister and what remains of his party is Labour’, says IW Secretary

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The Isle of Wight Labour Party Secretary says all shades of opinion need to be represented at the polling station, indicating they would not step down if an election was called.

Thursday, 5th September, 2019 3:32pm

By Robert Jones with 9 readers' comments

Letter: ‘The public want alliances more than tribalism, and are fed up with constant fighting and petty arguments’

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With the prospect of a general election the Green Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate asks whether we could see real, significant alliances on the Isle of Wight. Vix says thousands hope so, and some are trying to make it happen.

Thursday, 5th September, 2019 8:34am

By Vix Lowthion with 11 readers' comments

Letter: IWC must withdraw Crossways plan – town is at capacity

Illustration for crossways development of 154 dwellings

Peter Lloyd says the East Cowes has doubled in size and is unable to cope, with schools, doctors the dentist and drainage at full capacity.

Wednesday, 4th September, 2019 1:06pm

By Peter Lloyd with 5 readers' comments

Open Letter to Isle of Wight MP: No-deal Brexit was never on the ballot

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In this open letter to Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, Mr Goodman says he believes, "we can still apply the Brexit brakes for long enough to let people make their first informed decision on our three basic brexit options".

Monday, 2nd September, 2019 10:22am

By Steven Goodman with 31 readers' comments

Letter: Look at the facts, think again and vote to stop Brexit

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The Leader of the Isle of Wight LibDems says that if the Prime Minister breaks his firm promise not to have an election, the most important decision for the Island is to think again and vote to stop Brexit.

Tuesday, 13th August, 2019 8:53am

By Nick Stuart with 17 readers' comments

Letter: ‘Jo Swinson inspirational leader’, says former parliamentary candidate

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Nick Belfitt says the new Liberal Democrat leader is young, dynamic and passionate in what she believes in.

Wednesday, 24th July, 2019 4:52pm

By Nicholas Belfitt with 8 readers' comments