Isle of Wight Opinion Pieces

OnTheWight is run on journalistic principles of honesty, transparency and balance. Every so often, there will be a subject or issue that the editors or contributors wish to share that reflects their personal opinion.

These Isle of Wight opinion pieces will be clearly marked as such. We believe their inclusion adds to the diversity of content available to readers.

To pee or not to pee? That is the question … for disabled tourists and Islanders

crop of a person in a wheelchair

Jan from Isle Access shares her opinions about making the Isle of Wight more accessible for people with disabilities and how that could improve the tourism sector

Tuesday, 13th April, 2021 5:27pm

By Jan Brookes with 6 readers' comments

Conservative plans for Newport are ‘half-baked, say Lib Dems

LibDems at county hall, Nick Stuart, Bob Blezzard and Andrew Garratt

The Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats believe the Conservative plans for a Riverside Quarter in Newport will accelerate the decline of retailing in the town

Saturday, 3rd April, 2021 9:00am

By Nick Stuart with 13 readers' comments

Before demolishing County Hall, restructure IW Council for 21st Century, say Our Island

Portrait of Jonathan Bacon - Nov 2020

Jonathan Bacon from Our Island says "We need to get our local economy functioning first and only then look at the housing"

Friday, 2nd April, 2021 5:45pm

By Jonathan Bacon with 7 readers' comments

‘Riverside Quarter’ plan is kneejerk reaction say Island Labour

Richard Quigley in Cowes

Island Labour say the 'Riverside Quarter' plans from the Conservatives are "another knee jerk reaction"

Friday, 2nd April, 2021 2:45pm

By Richard Quigley with 4 readers' comments

Conservative plan for new ‘Riverside Quarter’ declares the obvious and misses what’s needed, say Green Party

Vix in Upper St James Street

Chair of Isle of Wight Green Party shares their views on the Conservatives' new plan for Newport

Friday, 2nd April, 2021 1:34pm

By Vix Lowthion with 2 readers' comments

Cllr Karl Love shares his opinion on next week’s Scrutiny Meeting to examine a new Floating Bridge 6 report

Floating Bridge Suspended

Next week’s Scrutiny Meeting - the last before the election - will examine a new report on Floating Bridge 6. East Cowes Cllr Karl Love lays out his opinion of it in advance.

Saturday, 6th March, 2021 12:50pm

By Karl Love with 5 readers' comments

A Woodland Journeyman mini series: Ash Dieback #2

View from inside a coppiced Ash Stool - the stems are roughly 40 years old but the root system is near 200 years old possibly older by Jon Jewett

In part four of this Woodland Journeyman mini series, Jon shares some hope in the fight against Ash Dieback and a beautiful poem by Susanna Moodie

Sunday, 28th February, 2021 5:45pm

By Jon Jewett with 11 readers' comments

A Woodland Journeyman mini series: Ash Dieback #1

Demise of a mature Ash tree by Jon Jewett

In this part of the Woodland Journeyman mini series, Jon Jewett explains how the Isle of Wight is being affected by the tragedy of Ash Dieback

Sunday, 28th February, 2021 2:09pm

By Jon Jewett

A Woodland Journeyman mini series: A case study of good practice in woodland management

Martin's Wood - Charcoal Burn by John Jewett

If you've found it hard to get your head around why trees are felled or coppiced in woodlands, then this example of good practice in woodland management should help clear a few things up for you

Sunday, 21st February, 2021 3:19pm

By Jon Jewett with 8 readers' comments

A Woodland Journeyman mini series: Can’t see the wood for the trees

Unmanaged woodland by Jon Jewett

If you want to understand why trees that might appear perfectly healthy have to be cut down, this mini-series from a Woodland Journeyman, Jon Jewett, should be of interest

Thursday, 18th February, 2021 5:54pm

By Jon Jewett with 11 readers' comments

One vision of how great Sandown could become

Inside Eden Dome

Cllr Andre shares her vision of what Sandown could become - sensitively developed into a world-class attraction - if some imagination were applied

Sunday, 17th January, 2021 6:28pm

By Debbie Andre with 11 readers' comments

Opinion: Back local businesses, support friends and family, lead the way and keep Tier One status until Spring

card with flower and number one on table

Vix Lowthion shares her views on the Isle of Wight being awarded Tier One status after lockdown and how we can make sure the Island retains it

Saturday, 28th November, 2020 12:19pm

By Vix Lowthion with 3 readers' comments