Latest Council News

26 Jan 2015
Your vote matters - make sure you're in

Look out for letters confirming electoral registration

The Isle of Wight Council will be writing to all households in early February 2015 to confirm the names of those who are registered as electors prior to the Parliamentary general election which will be held on Thursday 7 May 2015.

26 Jan 2015
The museum first opened its doors in 2001 and will shortly welcome visitor number 1,000,000.

Huge milestone celebration planned for museum

A milestone is nearing at Dinosaur Isle Museum in Sandown, with the one millionth visitor expected through its doors on Sunday 8 February.

23 Jan 2015
Councillor Jonathan Bacon, new leader of the Isle of Wight Council

New leader of the Isle of Wight Council

At Full Council on Wednesday 21 January, Councillor Ian Stephens resigned as leader of the council and Councillor Jonathan Bacon was elected in his place.

22 Jan 2015
Road closure barriers were removed without permission

Barriers replaced at Undercliff Drive

The Isle of Wight Council has this week advised Island Roads to reposition road closure barriers along Undercliff Drive after they were moved without permission.

21 Jan 2015
The aim is to safeguard the countryside estate for long into the future

Organisations invited to manage and enhance countryside estate

The Isle of Wight Council is inviting expressions of interest in taking over the running of its countryside estate and service – with the aim of protecting and enhancing the existing estate and improving public access and voluntary sector involvement.

21 Jan 2015
The proposals are aimed at improving secondary education attainment on the Island

Consultation on post-16 education proposals to begin soon

A consultation on proposals aimed at improving secondary and post-16 educational attainment on the Isle of Wight will be launched at 5pm on Monday 26 January.

20 Jan 2015
The event was organised by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership

Funding advice for Island businesses

The Isle of Wight Council hosted a business support event organised by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) on Friday 16 January.

20 Jan 2015
The 0300 number costs the same as ringing a 01 or 02 number, so calls from mobiles are included in inclusive minute packages.

Children's services phone number to change

The telephone number for members of the public to call if they are concerned about a child or need information about children's services is changing from 2 February.

16 Jan 2015
Find out about teaching opportunities on the Isle of Wight and in Hampshire

Isle of Wight and Hampshire to host first teacher recruitment event

More high quality teachers are sought for schools on the Isle of Wight and in Hampshire, prompting the two local authorities to host their first ever Teacher Recruitment Fair.

16 Jan 2015
A partnership with Hampshire Fire and Rescue is being considered

Fire partnership plans to be considered by Isle of Wight Council

Members of the Isle of Wight Council are being asked to consider an innovative and ground breaking partnership with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) which could provide an enhanced fire service on the Island while saving the local authority almost £1.2 million over the next three years.

16 Jan 2015
Flooding at Ryde Esplanade

Key public event on new Ryde flood plan

A special public consultation event is being staged on Thursday 22 January to discuss work that is underway to investigate surface water flooding problems in Ryde.

14 Jan 2015
Councillor Stephens met with the Minister for Local Government

Island seeks additional support from government

A delegation from the Isle of Wight travelled to London yesterday (Tuesday 13 January) to meet with the Minister for Local Government to discuss the proposed level of funding the Island has been allocated by the government.

13 Jan 2015
The deadline for primary school admissions is Thursday 15 January

Primary admissions deadline nears

Parents and carers of children that are due to start primary school in September are reminded to return their completed school admission forms to the Isle of Wight Council as soon as possible.

13 Jan 2015
'Trend' cafe in Newport is one of the new providers under the youth offer.

New look youth offer to be officially launched

The range of new and diverse youth activities available on the Isle of Wight will be officially launched on Saturday 17 January.

09 Jan 2015
The directory is a free resource for sports clubs to list their details

Sports clubs encouraged to update online directory on council website

Sports clubs are being asked to contact the council's sports unit to update the free Isle of Wight sports directory.

08 Jan 2015
Barnardo's will take over the running of early help services from April

Council appoints new provider of early help services

The Isle of Wight Council has chosen Barnardo's as its new provider of 'early help' services for an initial period of three years.

07 Jan 2015
Sandown will soon host a range of youth activities in the town.

Sandown youth activities to begin soon after provider appointed

New activities for young people will be coming to Sandown after a provider was awarded funding from the council.

07 Jan 2015
The shark fossil is one of the most complete to have been found in England.

Jaws - The Fossil - now showing in Sandown

A fossil of a 120 million year old shark, which was discovered on Sandown beach, has gone on display at Dinosaur Isle in the town.

07 Jan 2015
A new grant funding opportunity dedicated to supporting sustainable transport projects

Isle of Wight Council launches new sustainable transport grant scheme

A new grant funding opportunity dedicated to supporting sustainable transport projects on the Island has been announced by Visit Isle of Wight and the Isle of Wight Council.

07 Jan 2015
The Island has some very sensitive areas of coastline with international designations.

Council closely monitoring Hoegh Osaka situation

The Isle of Wight Council is working closely with a range of agencies to monitor the pollution risk to the Island’s coastline following the grounding of the Hoegh Osaka at the weekend.

06 Jan 2015
The consultation will seek the views of relevant service users and stakeholders

Consultation proposed on respite care and sitting services

A two-month consultation is being proposed on plans to change the way the Isle of Wight Council charges services users for respite care and sitting services.

02 Jan 2015
The budget report details proposals to focus resources on key priority areas in 2015/2016

Key priority areas will be budget focus

The Isle of Wight Council has revealed its proposals to focus its resources on key priority areas as it plans its budget for 2015/2016 and the following financial year.

24 Dec 2014
Representatives from the council will meet the minister in the new year

Council to hold meeting with local government minister

The Isle of Wight Council is to hold a meeting with the minister for local government early in the New Year following the announcement of its provisional finance settlement for 2015/2016.

23 Dec 2014
Works on the crane will begin in March 2015

Hammerhead Crane repair works to begin

Repair works to secure the long-term future of the Cowes Hammerhead Crane are to begin in the new year after funding was received from English Heritage.

22 Dec 2014
Recyclable waste is sent to a processing plant where it is seperated.

Figures show recycling rates increase

Island residents are recycling more of their waste and sending less to landfill, according to the latest government statistics.

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.