Latest Council News

19 Dec 2014
The successful contractor will be announced in August 2015

Waste contract shortlist reduced to two

Two bidders have been selected by the Isle of Wight Council to go through to the final stage of the process for the contract to deliver waste collection and treatment services for the Island starting in October 2015.

18 Dec 2014
'A-board' signs are often placed to advertise businesses, but can become hazards to pedestrians.

Consultation on highway amenities launched

The Isle of Wight Council has launched a consultation on a new policy aimed at regulating the placing of objects on pavements and highways.

18 Dec 2014
The original image has been well shared on social media platforms

Who is taking you home tonight?

The Isle of Wight Road Safety Forum is supporting a scheme encouraging revellers to ensure they have a safe way of travelling home from a night out.

12 Dec 2014
There will be special arrangements for certain services over the festive period

Council services over Christmas and the new year 2014/2015

  • Most of the council’s operations will remain open until 4pm, Wednesday 24 December.
  • After closing for the Christmas/new year period they will then reopen on Friday 2 January.
  • There will, however, be special arrangements for certain services.

09 Dec 2014
Previously, the scheme has supported a number of top Isle of Wight athletes durign their development and competitions.

Talented athlete applications open

The Isle of Wight Council's sports unit is providing more opportunities to support the next generation of sporting stars from the Island.

04 Dec 2014
Lois with the government's General Register Office Deputy Registrar General Andrew Dent receiving her certificate

Registrar gains prestigious national recognition

An Isle of Wight Council registrar has become one of only 19 people in the whole country to gain a prestigious qualification from the government's General Register Office (GRO).

02 Dec 2014
The Isle of Wight Council needs to reduce its net spend by £13.5 million in the next financial year

Council consults with staff over possible redundancies

The Isle of Wight Council has launched a consultation with staff over potential redundancies in the coming year.

01 Dec 2014
The service is a chance to remember loved ones

Annual crematorium remembrance service to take place

The Isle of Wight Council's annual Lights of Love Service will take place at 7pm on Friday 12 December.

01 Dec 2014
You should only put your waste out on the day it is due to be collected

Changes to waste collections over Christmas

There will be some changes to refuse collections over Christmas this year, primarily between Monday 22 and Saturday 27 December and at the start of January.

01 Dec 2014
The council has considered a number of options for relocating the record office, with Newport considered the best option.

Record office plans to be considered

Proposals to develop an improved facility for the storage and presentation of records held by the Isle of Wight Record Office are to be considered by a meeting of the council’s Executive on 9 December.

28 Nov 2014
Executive members are being asked to approve a consultation on the proposals

Executive to discuss consultation proposal for secondary education

The Isle of Wight Council's Executive will be asked to approve a plan to consult on the future of secondary and post-16 education on the Island, when it meets on 9 December.

28 Nov 2014
Partnership plans to be discussed

Executive to consider closer working with Isle of Wight NHS Trust

The Isle of Wight Council and the Isle of Wight NHS Trust are taking a substantial step towards integration of health and social care services on the Island.

26 Nov 2014
All the shops refused the sale of alcohol to the 15 year old during the test.

Businesses pass underage sale tests

The Isle of Wight Council's trading standards service and Hampshire Police have praised six shops that refused to serve alcohol to an underage customer during a recent test.

26 Nov 2014
Small Business Saturday aims to boost trade in local shops ahead of Christmas

Council supports 'Small Business Saturday' with car parking offer

The Isle of Wight Council is helping support a national scheme aimed at boosting local businesses by providing a period of free parking.

21 Nov 2014
More foster carers are needed on the Isle of Wight

Find out about fostering

The Isle of Wight Council's fostering service is holding a series of roadshows to recruit new carers.

20 Nov 2014
The fire has been smouldering since last weekend

Controlled burning of smouldering fire off Briddlesford Road

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service has given advice to the operators of Westridge Skip Hire to assist them in carrying out the safe controlled rapid burning of 600 tonnes of wood at their site off Briddlesford Road near Newport, which has been smouldering since last weekend.

19 Nov 2014
Isle of Wight children's services is no longer rated as inadequate

Isle of Wight Children's Services no longer rated inadequate

Significant progress has been made to improve standards in children’s social services at the Isle of Wight Council, resulting in a step up in judgement. Ofsted has officially removed the service from its ‘inadequate’ category and raised it to ‘requires improvement’.

19 Nov 2014
The anthology will be launched on 25 November

Poetry and prose to highlight domestic abuse issues

An anthology of poems and short prose pieces aimed at raising the awareness of domestic abuse will be launched on Tuesday 25 November.

12 Nov 2014
The library is 75 years old, having opened in 1939.

Freshwater Library to celebrate milestone birthday

Freshwater Library is 75 years old this year and is celebrating this milestone on Monday 17 November.

12 Nov 2014
The museum will be open for free and visitors are welcome to browse the exhibitions

Free entry and lots on offer at Dinosaur Isle event this weekend

Dinosaur Isle Museum in Sandown is hosting a free event this weekend which celebrates fossil collecting from the Isle of Wight and the local region.

12 Nov 2014
Public toilets in Freshwater

Council to consult on community toilet scheme

The Isle of Wight Council Executive has agreed to consult with residents and businesses over the potential introduction of a community toilet scheme on the Island which could increase the number of public conveniences available.

11 Nov 2014
Residents should contact the council to request a new supply for clear sacks when they are running low.

Successful recycling sack collection scheme replaces annual deliveries

A successful scheme, where residents who use clear recycling sacks ring up the council to request more and then pick them up at a set location, is being expanded to replace annual deliveries.

11 Nov 2014
Eight public forum events will be taking place in towns across the Island

Council budget 2015/2016 – don’t miss your local public forum

A series of public forums giving Island residents the chance to help shape the council’s spending and priorities for 2015/2016 are to get underway from tomorrow (Wednesday 12 November).

10 Nov 2014
Naked candle flames can be a hazard if costumes are not fire retardent.

Fire safety advice for fancy dress costumes over Christmas

Isle of Wight Council's trading standards service is advising parents to be sure any fancy dress costumes they buy for their children over the festive period are safe.

06 Nov 2014
Some of the athletes on the scheme

Talented Island athletes look back on successes

With 2014 soon to draw to a close, several Isle of Wight sports stars who are supported through a council development scheme are reflecting on many successes.

06 Nov 2014
There was key advice at the event from a selection of universities

Hundreds attend careers and jobs fair

More than 740 people turned up to seek important careers and jobs advice at the Your Future event staged at the Isle of Wight College, Newport.

06 Nov 2014
E-cigarettes should always be charged with the correct equipment, following the supplier's guidelines.

Safety advice for users of electronic cigarettes after lucky escape for couple

The Isle of Wight Council's trading standards team and the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are advising users of electronic cigarettes to always charge them correctly.

06 Nov 2014
Council representatives will be attending services at various locations across the Island

Council representatives to mark Remembrance Sunday

The Isle of Wight Council will be represented at a number of services across the Island to mark Remembrance Sunday this weekend.

05 Nov 2014
The team did a similar challenge to France last year and raised over £40,000

Firefighters to launch charity cycling challenge

A team from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is aiming to raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity by organising a gruelling cycling challenge.

05 Nov 2014
The Isle of Wight Foodbank helps people in crisis with essentials such as food, clothing and bedding

New five-year lease proposed to help foodbank

The Isle of Wight Foodbank, which supports people in crisis, looks set to be granted a new five year lease by the Isle of Wight Council.

04 Nov 2014
Some of the poppies on display

Poppies on display to commemorate Ryde's First World War fallen

Hundreds of poppies representing Ryde residents who died in the First World War are being made to go on display at Ryde Cemetery.

03 Nov 2014
The game is aimed at older players but anyone can take part.

New version of football comes to Ryde

A new footballing activity, specifically aimed at older people, is coming to the Island.

29 Oct 2014
The team with their Hampshire colleagues at the end of the race

Fostering team pounds the streets of Portsmouth to raise awareness

A team of fostering staff from the Isle of Wight Council have helped raise awareness of fostering by competing in the Great South run at the weekend.

28 Oct 2014
The strike is due to take place from 6pm on 31 October to 6pm on 4 November

Public urged to take extra care during four days of FBU strike action

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) are staging a further four days of industrial action between Friday 31 October and Tuesday 4 November.

28 Oct 2014
The field of remembrance was introduced in the Princess Beatrice Garden at Carisbrooke Castle in 2010

Field of remembrance to reopen for commemorations

A special ‘field of remembrance’ will be opened once again at Carisbrooke Castle next month (November) to commemorate those in the uniformed services who lost their lives in service of their country.

27 Oct 2014
There's lots of foods you can make with bits of pumpkins you would throw out at Hallowe'en

Reduce food waste this Hallowe'en with tasty pumpkin recipes

With Hallowe'en approaching, the Isle of Wight Council is working with a local cookery academy to encourage residents not to generate food waste but instead use parts of pumpkins to make meals.

24 Oct 2014
Father Luke Bell, Matt Noyce, councillor Ivor Warlow and Executive member for sustainability, environment, Luisa Hillard with the new bicycle racks.

Pedestrian access to Quarr upgraded as works are completed

Visitors to Quarr Abbey near Ryde can now leave the car at home and use their bicycles, after works to improve pedestrian access to the monastery, along with cycling facilities at the abbey, were completed.

22 Oct 2014
The online survey is among a series of budget consultation activities

Council launches online budget survey

Island residents are being encouraged to help shape the council’s spending and priorities for the year ahead – by taking part in an online budget survey launched on the iwight.com website today (Wednesday 22 October).

21 Oct 2014
You need to fill out an admission form and submit it by 4.30pm on 31 October.

Secondary school admissions deadline nears

The deadline for parents and guardians to submit an application for children starting secondary school in September 2015 is fast approaching.

21 Oct 2014
The conference aims to tackle all aspects of bullying

Anti bullying conference to take place

A major event focusing on anti-bullying is being held in Newport this week, bringing together a number of schools and agencies.

21 Oct 2014
Take only a few seconds to test your smoke alarms when you put your clocks back this weekend.

Take a few minutes to test smoke alarms when the clocks go back

On Sunday 26 October, the clocks go back by one hour and the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is asking all homeowners to remember to take just a few minutes to check their smoke alarms while changing their clocks.