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Letter: Where’s the transparency around new Forest Road incinerator?

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With the Forest Park recycling centre due to open later in the year, this reader asks some pertinent questions about how the emissions from the incinerator will be monitored and calls for more transparency.

Monday, 11th February, 2019 6:15pm

By Anonymous with 9 readers' comments

Letter: Why has Southern Vectis refused £1 bus fare for day of climate change marches?

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Southern Vectis were asked to offer a reduced £1 bus fare on the day of Isle of Wight climate change marches in order to encourage residents to take the bus rather than drive to take part. According to this reader they refused.

Tuesday, 5th February, 2019 6:56pm

By Concerned Citizen with 4 readers' comments

Letter: Could this be a possible way to break the Brexit impasse? asks Reader

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Martin Young invites readers to consider his "possible way to break the Brexit impasse" sent to Bob Seely last week. He believes that if concerns are addressed, (through further negotiations with the EU), he and many others could be persuaded to accept the current negotiated deal.

Tuesday, 29th January, 2019 3:25pm

By Martin Young with 12 readers' comments

Open Letter to Isle of Wight MP: Why am I still waiting 15 months after reporting ‘suspect financial transaction’?

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Isle of Wight resident compares the response rate of Bob Seely (15 months they've been pursuing it) vs the couple of hours it took for Portsmouth MP Penny Mordaunt (a Cabinet member) to respond personally. OnTheWight posed this to the MP. The letter and his reply included within.

Monday, 28th January, 2019 6:52pm

By Anonymous with 6 readers' comments

Letter: Call for Independent regulator to protect children from cyber ‘sexploitation’

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The NSPCC's #WildWestWeb campaign is calling for an independent regulator with the power to investigate and fine social networks if they fall short in protecting children. They appeal to readers to sign the petition.

Friday, 25th January, 2019 8:11am

By Des Mannion

Letter: Solution to traffic standstill on Staplers during months of utility works

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Since the start of several months of utility works began on Staplers Road in Newport, there have been daily reports of miles of traffic and gridlock into the central hub of the Isle of Wight. This reader believes he has the solution to alleviate the traffic pressure.

Wednesday, 9th January, 2019 3:43pm

By Roger Cheesman with 10 readers' comments

Letter: What hope is there for vulnerable people on the Isle of Wight?

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With the cuts to national benefits and cutbacks in mental health and substance abuse services, reductions in council tax support, abolition of funding for cross-Solent travel and the Law Centre, and closure of the Local Area Coordination service – this reader asks what hope is there for the large numbers of vulnerable people on the Island?

Thursday, 27th December, 2018 1:15pm

By Diana Conyers with 21 readers' comments

Letter: I refuse to vote in a second EU referendum, says former UKIP candidate

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Former UKIP parliamentary candidate, Iain McKie, believes a second EU referendum could be on the cards, but that he won't vote in it because another referendum "undermines the democratic process".

Tuesday, 18th December, 2018 11:32am

By Iain McKie with 49 readers' comments

Councillors attempt to call-in the decision to scrap Local Area Co-ordinators : The detail

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Cllr Michael Lilley sets out the detail and shares documents to back up the call-in of the decision to scrap Local Area Co-ordinators, and explains how, in his view, the use of the words “clinically unsafe” prevented an objective decision being made.

Friday, 23rd November, 2018 5:53pm

By Michael Lilley with 4 readers' comments

Letter: Comparing state-owned US ferries to privately-owned Isle of Wight ones

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This reader has just spent several weeks touring North and South Carolina and Georgia and shares their experience of ferry crossings on state owned ferries. You might be surprised by what they found.

Friday, 23rd November, 2018 4:14pm

By Paul Carter with 6 readers' comments

Letter: It’s time for Ian Ward and Dave Stewart to admit they were wrong over floating bridge

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This reader explains why he believes it's time for Cllr Stewart and Cllr Ward to admit they were wrong on the Floating Bridge issue and engage with people who actually know something about it.

Thursday, 1st November, 2018 8:42am

By Colin McCourt with 6 readers' comments

Letter: Isle of Wight council rejected decades of experience offered


Neil says he's offered his decades of expertise to Isle of Wight council for free - They rejected it. How many other people have experienced the same?

Thursday, 20th September, 2018 6:59pm

By Neil Blues with 10 readers' comments