Latest Council News

09 Jul 2014
St Helena, represented by schools from the Ryde area, has won all but one of the Primary School Island Games since they began in 2008

Children to compete in annual Primary School Island Games

Hundreds of children will head to Sandown's Fairway Sports Complex this Saturday (12 July) for the annual Primary School Island Games.

09 Jul 2014
The council has approved plans to seek a long-term lease with the Island Community School

Rew Valley Sports Centre - long-term lease plans approved

Long-term lease arrangements to secure the future school and community use of the Rew Valley Sports Centre at Ventnor, have been approved by the council.

07 Jul 2014
Executive member for economy and tourism, Councillor Shirley Smart, is shown one of the new rural broadband cabinets by BT's Peter Cowen

First rural broadband cabinets installed as part of multi million pound fibre broadband project

The installation of the first cabinets for the Isle of Wight’s multi-million pound rural superfast fibre broadband project is now underway.

07 Jul 2014
A new youth offer will provide a range of activities across the Island.

Panel to meet to decide youth offer bids

The Isle of Wight Council has received a large number of applications to deliver the new youth offer across the Island, ranging from an island-wide provision to single activities in key geographical areas.

07 Jul 2014
The successful bid includes funding for a new floating bridge

Funding secured for East Cowes project

The Isle of Wight Council has today (Monday) welcomed news that its joint bid for funding with Southampton City Council via the Solent Local Economic Partnership has been successful.

03 Jul 2014
The lease proposal is due to be discussed by the council on 7 July

New proposal to secure long-term use of Rew Valley Sports Centre

A new leasing arrangement to secure the long-term school and community use of the Rew Valley Sports Centre at Ventnor, is due to be considered next week (7 July).

01 Jul 2014
Alex Peaker with the ammonite he discovered which is now on display in the museum

Giant fossil discovered by staff member goes on display at museum

A 100 million year old fossil recently found near Sandown beach - weighing in at more than 110 kilograms - has now gone on display at Dinosaur Isle in the town.

01 Jul 2014
Home to school transport arrangements are under review

School transport consultation underway

A consultation is underway to gather people’s views on proposed changes to home to education transport arrangements on the Isle of Wight.

30 Jun 2014
An Area Action Plan is being developed for The Bay area, which includes Shanklin

Still time to comment on key planning documents

There is still time to comment on three new planning discussion documents for the areas of the Medina Valley, Ryde and The Bay.

30 Jun 2014
Isle of Wight Council

Full list of schools ahead of strike action - 10 July

Members of the National Union of Teachers and other unions including Unison, the GMB and Unite have announced strike action for Thursday 10 July.

27 Jun 2014
A section of Undercliff Drive affected by ground movement in February 2014

Options for Undercliff Drive to be discussed by Executive

Six options for the future management of Undercliff Drive, St Lawrence are to be discussed by the Isle of Wight Council’s Executive when it meets next month (7 July).

27 Jun 2014
The proposed changes relate to both on-street and off-street car parking

Executive to consider key parking charges report

A meeting of the Isle of Wight Council’s Executive is being asked to approve proposed changes to on-street and off-street parking charges when it meets on 7 July.

26 Jun 2014
Funding has been secured for sports activities across the Island

Isle of Wight Council secures £250,000 to give local sport a boost

The Isle of Wight Council is set to help more local people get into sport thanks to £250,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.

24 Jun 2014
Registrar Stacey Gough conducts the remarriage of her parents Julie and Stuart Gough

Double joy for registrar Stacey

There was double joy for Stacey Gough when her parents remarried at the Isle of Wight Register Office – for Stacey, a registrar, was able to conduct the ceremony herself and declare her parents “husband and wife”.

24 Jun 2014
Peer supporters with Councillor Phil Jordan at East Newport Children's Centre

New help for breastfeeding mums

Seven mums have received training to become breastfeeding peer supporters to help new mums at the Island’s children’s centres.

20 Jun 2014
The Armed Forces Day flag

Flying the flag for the armed forces

Veterans and local dignitaries will gather in St Thomas’ Square, Newport at 11am on Monday 23 June for the annual Armed Forces Day flag raising ceremony.

19 Jun 2014
Rules for how petitions are accepted are included in the council's constitution

Council to review petition rules

The Isle of Wight Council is reviewing the way it handles petitions following recent issues surrounding a number which have been compiled via online facilities.

19 Jun 2014
Award winners celebrating their learning achievements

Learning celebrated at awards ceremony

The achievements of adult learners were recognised at an awards ceremony this week, coinciding with Adult Learners’ Week (14 to 20 June).

19 Jun 2014
The council approved disabled facilities grants totalling £1.32 million last year

Record year for disabled facilities grants

A record number of facility grants for disabled people were approved by the Isle of Wight Council in 2013/2014, new figures show.

18 Jun 2014
From left to right: Jade Anderson, Raven Lyness, Anna Lancaster and Chris Philpott

Young entrepreneurs meet Princess Beatrice

Four young people who received help from the Isle of Wight Council to start their own businesses attended a lunch with Princess Beatrice on Monday 16 June.

18 Jun 2014
Under the new arrangements, help will be offered at the earliest opportunity.

Changes ahead for special educational needs and disability services

The Isle of Wight Council is working in partnership with parents on the Isle of Wight to prepare for changes to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) arrangements being introduced by the government from 1 September 2014, as part of the Children and Families Act 2014.

17 Jun 2014
The steam railway has hosted the mock evecuation for a number of years (picture IW Steam Railway Facebook)

Schoolchildren to experience second world war evacuation

Children from 12 Isle of Wight schools will discover what it was like to be evacuated during the Second World War.

17 Jun 2014
Lots of guests are expected to take part in the birthday celebrations

Birthday celebrations for library

Freshwater Library celebrates its 75th birthday this year and is holding a celebratory garden party later this month.

17 Jun 2014
Keep pedalling or the movie may stop!

Chance to vote for cycling cinema movie

A unique event that requires pedal power to watch a movie is returning to the Island - and votes are needed to choose which film will be shown.

16 Jun 2014
Isle of Wight Council

Media statement - school offers

Councillor Richard Priest, Executive member for children's services, said: "On 16 April 2014 the Isle of Wight Council sent offers to approximately 1,300 parents of four year old children who had applied for school places in reception classes in September 2014. We have recently discovered that a setting in the IT system that helps administer the applications was incorrect and this has led to a small number of errors in the offers made.

12 Jun 2014
Princess Beatrice is to visit Osborne House

Isle of Wight to welcome Princess Beatrice

Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice is to carry out a number of engagements on the Isle of Wight on Monday 16 June. 

11 Jun 2014
The fire service has contingency plans in place ahead of national fire strikes

Fire strike dates announced

More national strike action has been announced by members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) after failing to reach an agreement with the government over pension reforms.

09 Jun 2014
The command unit has been refurbished to include state of the art technology

Fire service upgrades key vehicle

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service has improved its resources by significantly upgrading its current command unit vehicle.

05 Jun 2014
Traffic arrangements for this year's festival

Isle of Wight Festival 2014

The Isle of Wight Council, Island Roads and Hampshire Constabulary are working with the organisers of this year’s Isle of Wight Festival to help ensure traffic flows smoothly and disruption is kept to a minimum as tens of thousands of people head to the Island for the event.

04 Jun 2014
A referendum on the Bembridge plan may take place in July (picture courtesy Visit Wight)

Bembridge set for first neighbourhood plan referendum

A neighbourhood development plan for Bembridge will be the subject of a local referendum, if a meeting of the Isle of Wight Council’s Executive gives its approval on 10 June.

04 Jun 2014
Falsely claiming benefits could result in legal action being taken

Warning for residents who falsely claim benefits

The Isle of Wight Council is warning residents who unlawfully claim benefits they are not entitled to, that it will take legal action if necessary.

03 Jun 2014
Scammers may take advantage of national press coverage about recent viruses and target residents

Trading standards warns residents about computer scammers

There's been much media coverage recently about the 'Gameover Zeus' virus.

03 Jun 2014
You will need a free library card to access the Gocitizen service

Library service offers web based facility to help new citizens

The Isle of Wight Council's library service has launched an online tool to help people preparing to take a citizenship test.

02 Jun 2014
Proposals for the Riverside Centre will be considered by the council's Executive on 10 June

New arrangements for Riverside Centre

New long-term arrangements to develop the future operation of the Riverside Centre at Newport are due to be considered by the Isle of Wight Council’s Executive on 10 June.

02 Jun 2014
The damage to the seawall was extensive when the landslip occured

Members to decide on Totland seawall option

A number of options for the future of the Totland sea wall are due to be considered by members of the Executive on 10 June.

29 May 2014
Undercliff Drive in February 2014

Undercliff Drive reports published

The Isle of Wight Council is considering three reports from Island Roads about sections of Undercliff Drive affected by ground movement earlier this year.

29 May 2014
Parents are invited to the crematorium to hear about future plans

Informaton event for parents to be held at crematorium

Parents are being invited to an information evening at the Isle of Wight Crematorium, Whippingham, which focuses on future plans for the memorial garden including the born too soon area.

28 May 2014
The Isle of Wight Council took a decision in April to change the way youth services are provided

Applications invited for new approach to youth service

Applications are being invited from the business, community and voluntary sectors for funding to deliver the Island’s new-look youth services from 1 October this year.

28 May 2014
Proposals for changes to parking were announced in February's budget

Parking consultation deadline nears

There's a little over a week until consultation closes on proposals relating to parking.

23 May 2014
Inspiration for the poem or story can be sought from books

Write a story to remember the Great War

The Isle of Wight Council's library service is running a First World War writing competition as part of the official launch of the service’s Great War commemorations.

23 May 2014
The council already displays weekly sampling results at each beach location, as well as on iwight.com

New system of bathing water updates to help beach users

Additional bathing water information is now being provided at five Isle of Wight locations to help ensure their beaches meet new quality standards.

22 May 2014
Comments are invited from the public on documents for three areas of the Island

Have your say on key area planning documents

Public comment is being invited on three new planning discussion documents for the areas of Medina Valley, Ryde and The Bay.

22 May 2014
Theory Test Pro is a widely recognised online tool

Free online driving theory test tool launched by library service

The Isle of Wight Council's library service is providing a new web based facility to help people preparing to take their driving theory test.

20 May 2014 Last updated at 00:01
Ventnor beach has retained its Blue Flag from 2013

Isle of Wight is king of the (sand) castle again for top beaches

The Isle of Wight is once again top in the country for the amount of award winning Blue Flag and Seaside Award beaches.

20 May 2014
Residents are being encouraged to become dementia friends to help sufferers

New campaign urges Island residents to become dementia friends

The Isle of Wight Council is supporting a new national Dementia Friends campaign which aims to help people develop an understanding of dementia so that they can help people in their communities who are living with the condition.

20 May 2014
The day is a chance for visitors to ask questions about the crematorium and see the facilities

Open day to be held at crematorium

The Isle of Wight Crematorium is hosting an open day for people to find out much more about the service.

19 May 2014
The Island has a large elderly population

Care home fire safety the topic of debate at seminar

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is hosting a fire safety seminar for care home owners and managers.

15 May 2014
The council will consider all views received during the consultation

Appley and Puckpool Park Parking Proposals Statement

There has been recent media coverage about proposed changes to parking charges on the Island, which were first announced in February in the budget.

15 May 2014
Foods from around the world were on offer to guests

Diversity on the menu at special food tasting event

Dishes from around the world were cooked up as a part of an event to promote diversity across the Isle of Wight.

14 May 2014
Nearly 1000 empty homes have been brought back into use since October 2013.

Number of empty homes on Island drops

The Isle of Wight Council has reduced the number of 'empty home' properties on the Island by more than a third in just over six months.

14 May 2014
It is vital people who are hard of hearing have sufficient smoke alarms in their homes

Hard of hearing encouraged to fit correct smoke alarms in their homes

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is supporting national Deaf Awareness Week which takes place between 19 and 25 May.

14 May 2014
Half term fun for all the family

Family fun this half term

A guide to a range of fun activities taking place for children and families on the Island this half term (24 May to 1 June) has been produced by the Isle of Wight Council.

12 May 2014
The project will enable around 20,000 premises in largely rural parts of the Island to access high speed broadband

First Isle of Wight communities to benefit from multi-million pound rural fibre broadband project

The first communities set to benefit from the multi-million pound rural fibre broadband partnership between the Isle of Wight Council and BT, were announced today (Monday).

12 May 2014
Since the landslip occured, it has moved even further and is now blocking the Esplanade road

Residents asked to stay away from East Cowes landslip

The Isle of Wight Council is advising members of the public to observe closure barriers on East Cowes Esplanade following the landslip in the area in late April.

12 May 2014
This fossilised elephant tooth was one of the items brought in for identification by members of the public

Amateur fossil hunters increasing as more discoveries are made

More people are becoming amateur fossil hunters than ever before, according to staff at Dinosaur Isle, Sandown.