Latest Council News

29 Sep 2014
The council’s Executive is to consider the proposals on 7 October

Executive to consider changes to disability related expenditure

The Isle of Wight Council’s Executive is to consider proposals to change how it treats additional expenses related to disability, when it meets next week (Tuesday 7 October).

29 Sep 2014
Numerous users were at the official opening of the newly resurfaced path

Newly resurfaced popular path officially opened by users

Nearly 20,000 trips have been recorded on a newly resurfaced shared-use path between Shanklin and Wroxall in the last three months.

26 Sep 2014
Your views are sought ahead of the council awarding a new contract to a waste services provider.

Have your say on waste collection and recycling

The Isle of Wight Council has today (Friday, 26 September) launched a survey into household waste and recycling services on the Island.

25 Sep 2014
Cowes floating bridge full service resumes tonight (Thursday)

Floating bridge full service resumed

Cowes floating bridge will resume a full service tonight (Thursday) following a change to scheduled resurfacing works by Island Roads in Medina Road, Cowes.

24 Sep 2014
The team in their fetching running vest before their training run. Pictured with them is Councillor Jonathan Bacon.

Running to raise fostering awareness

Isle of Wight Council foster carers are hoping to raise awareness of fostering by taking part in the Great South Run.

22 Sep 2014
The new system is designed to prevent the canoe lake from flooding, protecting nearby premises and wildlife (photo courtesy Matthew Chatfield)

Work begins on new pumping system at Ryde Canoe Lake

The Isle of Wight Council has begun work on a scheme designed to reduce the risk of Ryde Canoe Lake overflowing in future, protecting nearby properties and businesses and the wildlife on the lake.

19 Sep 2014
A floral arrangement at award-winning Ventnor Park

Top accolade for Ventnor Park

Historic Ventnor Park on the Isle of Wight has been awarded the Park of the Year Award at the South and South East England in Bloom Awards.

16 Sep 2014
The revised policy gives local people greater priority for affordable social housing

Revised housing policy to give Island residents priority

The Isle of Wight Council’s Executive has approved a revised social housing allocation policy for the Island which gives local people greater priority for affordable social housing.

16 Sep 2014
Harrison tackling one of the 'killer' hills

Harrison conquers the Hills Killer challenge

A four-year-old boy has become the youngest person to complete the gruelling Three Hills Killer which forms part of the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival.

11 Sep 2014
The charging point has been installed but will be ready for use from October.

Electric vehicle charging point installed in Newport

A new pay-per-use electric vehicle rapid charging point will soon be available for public use in Newport.

11 Sep 2014
Details of other Executive post will be announced in due course.

Changes to council Executive

Isle of Wight Council leader Ian Stephens has commenced a process of reorganisation of the council’s Executive including bringing about a number of structural changes to the allocation of responsibilities among Executive members.

11 Sep 2014
The Hills Challenge returns again this year and will test the endurance of competitors

Cycling festival to get underway

The 2014 Isle of Wight Cycling Festival kicks off this coming weekend, with a huge variety of rides available for all ages.

10 Sep 2014
The bridge will continue to remain manually operated

No planned changes for operation of Yar Bridge

Yar Bridge in Yarmouth is to continue to be operated manually after an agreement was reached with Yarmouth Harbour Commission.

10 Sep 2014
Cycling facilities such as new racks and shelters will be installed by organisations who have received the grants

Island organisations boosted with cycling facility grants

More than 15 organisations have been awarded funding from the Isle of Wight Council to improve cycle parking and storage facilities across the Island.

09 Sep 2014
The local offer provides a range of resources for users

Online service for young people launched

A new online service aimed at young people aged up to 25, with special educational needs and disability, has been launched by the Isle of Wight Council.

04 Sep 2014
The area of road affected by the landslip remains closed.

Executive to discuss Undercliff Drive

The council’s Executive is to consider allocating up to £500,000 from the council’s capital programme contingency budget for a scheme at the section of Undercliff Drive affected by a landslide earlier this year.

04 Sep 2014
Southern Vectis provide school transport bus services on the Isle of Wight.

School transport proposals to be discussed

Members of the Isle of Wight Council's Executive will meet on Tuesday 9 September to discuss proposed changes to the authority's home to school transport policy.

01 Sep 2014
The Choices team will now be mobile and visit areas across the Island at set times

Choices service to become available in several towns

The Isle of Wight Council's Choices service will soon be leaving its Newport base and instead visit areas across the Island to make it easier for young people to see advisors.

01 Sep 2014
This year's acts include Outkast, Foals and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers

Island gears up for Bestival

Residents are being reminded of key routes between the Island’s ferry ports and the Bestival site, which are expected to be particularly busy on Thursday 4 September and Monday 8 September.

29 Aug 2014
At last year's Bestival, the team created a banner using people's hand prints with the slogan 'these hands don't hurt'

Reclaiming the night at this year’s Bestival

The Isle of Wight Domestic Abuse Forum is working in partnership with Island charities at this year's Bestival to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence issues.

28 Aug 2014
The contract has been awarded by the Isle of Wight Council

Major contract awarded for co-ordinated community substance misuse service

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has been awarded a three-year contract to provide a new co-ordinated community service helping people in their recovery from substance misuse.

27 Aug 2014
Councillor Shirley Smart and BT's Bill Murphy with the first cabinet in Farriers Way, Shorwell

First rural broadband cabinet goes live as part of multi million pound Isle of Wight fibre broadband project

The first cabinet to be fully connected as part of the Isle of Wight’s multi-million pound rural superfast fibre broadband project has now gone live, it has been announced today (Wednesday 27 August).

21 Aug 2014
The Duke of Kent is to visit the Island on 17 September (thanks to Michael Dunkason for the photograph)

Duke of Kent to present awards to Island organisations

His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent is to visit the Isle of Wight on Wednesday 17 September 2014.

21 Aug 2014
Nearly 1500 pupils sat GCSEs

Results in for Isle of Wight GCSE students

Provisional GCSE results show a significant improvement for some schools on the Isle of Wight, although the overall proportion achieving five A* to C GCSE passes, including English and mathematics, has declined slightly from 2013.

20 Aug 2014
The route is now suitable for horse riders as well cyclists, walkers and people with push chairs and wheelchairs.

Upgrade for popular shared route

Works to upgrade a well used public route near Ryde have been completed in partnership with Island Roads.

20 Aug 2014
Anyone can take part in the event, and you can run, jog or walk the distance

First sporting event for activators to be held

The first sporting event to be organised by the Isle of Wight Council's new community sport activators has been arranged.

18 Aug 2014
Mason (L) with Councillor Steve Stubbings (centre) and Lorraine Bower (R) from the Isle of Wight Council

Mortgage scheme helps first time buyer purchase their new home

Lloyds Bank and the Isle of Wight Council’s ongoing partnership to provide Local Lend a Hand mortgages has given 23 year old Mason Parker from Sandown the chance to move into his first home.

14 Aug 2014
The new map includes information on protected trees

Online map launched to give local planning information

A new online map has been launched by the Isle of Wight Council to help local communities look up and understand planning policies affecting their area.

14 Aug 2014
Over 700 students have opened their results today

Large improvements in A-Level results for Isle of Wight

Post 16 students studying in the Island’s sixth forms have been successful this year in national A-level examinations and Vocational qualifications.

08 Aug 2014
Schools are improving and children and young people are doing better

Ofsted praises ‘effective’ school improvement

School improvement arrangements on the Isle of Wight have been praised by Ofsted following a recent inspection.

07 Aug 2014
The footpath from Quay Lane to the old railway line in Brading was recently refurbished using LSTF funding

Council successful in latest bid for sustainable transport funds

The Isle of Wight Council has been told its bid for funding under the government's latest Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) has been successful.

06 Aug 2014
There will be limited fire cover during the periods of strike action

More firefighter strikes to take place

Members of the Fire Brigades Union are staging further periods of industrial action between 9 and 16 August.

06 Aug 2014
The council runs numerous social media pages and does report live on some of its meetings.

New digital reporting parliamentary order welcomed

The Isle of Wight Council has welcomed a parliamentary order signed by Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles that allows the media and public to film and digitally report from all public meetings of local government bodies.

06 Aug 2014
Lizzie was given a surprise visit by Andy just a week after being taken to hospital and received flowers and chocolates.

Leisure centre staff member praised for helping save the life of customer

A customer at Westridge Leisure Centre has thanked a member of staff for helping save his life after he suffered a heart attack.

05 Aug 2014

Disney characters encourage families to get active

The Isle of Wight Council's public health service is encouraging families on the Island to get active as part of a national scheme.

31 Jul 2014
The Duke of Edinburgh is to attend a number of engagements

Royalty to visit the Isle of Wight

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal are to carry out a number of engagements on the Isle of Wight between 3 and 5 August during Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.