Latest Council News

29 Jul 2014
Richard Priest spent a long time personally signing each certificate

One hundred per cent attendance pupils recognised

The Executive councillor for children's services has had a busy time personally signing nearly 1000 certificates for school pupils.

28 Jul 2014
The lights will be turned off at the Guildhall to mark the occasion

Council to mark national lights out event

The Isle of Wight Council will take part in a national event on 4 August as part of commemorations to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.

28 Jul 2014
The service will be led by council chairman, councillor Ian Ward

Service of reflection to be held

The chairman of the Isle of Wight Council is leading a service of reflection as part of commemorations to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

28 Jul 2014
It is the first time Fort Victoria has won a Green Flag

Green Flag success for Fort Victoria

Fort Victoria Country Park in Yarmouth has been awarded a prestigious Green Flag for the first time.

25 Jul 2014
Bembridge Windmill - thanks to Visit Wight for the photograph

Bembridge votes ‘yes’ in neighbourhood plan referendum

Bembridge residents have voted in favour of their neighbourhood plan being adopted by the Isle of Wight Council as a document to help it to decide planning applications in the area.

24 Jul 2014
A 'new' ancient woodland has been confirmed in Appley Park in Ryde

More ancient woodlands confirmed

New research has shown the Isle of Wight has a lot more areas of ancient woodland than previously thought.

24 Jul 2014
Fitness classes are very popular at The Heights and Medina.

Council website makes it easier to get active

The Isle of Wight Council has seen a large increase in the number of fitness classes being booked online.

23 Jul 2014
Many shops display these stickers, letting young people know they work with the council to crack down on truancy

Ofsted inspectors see attendance improvement methods

Overall attendance levels across Island schools have improved by such a rapid rate that inspectors from Ofsted have visited the Isle of Wight to see what improvements have been carried out.

23 Jul 2014
There will be a chance to see a First World War army uniform, here worn by a guest at a previous event on the Island

Chance to see what life was like during First World War

Lord Louis Library in Newport is holding an event to commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War.

23 Jul 2014
Provisional results showing improvement

Standards really start to improve in Island primary schools

Early provisional data for Key Stage 2 Standard Assessment Test (SAT) results for 2014 have just been released and show that Isle of Wight schools have improved the standards their pupils attain in reading, writing and mathematics.

22 Jul 2014
There are three age categories in the competition

Anti bullying poetry competition underway

A children's poetry competition has been launched where the winners will be given the chance to read their poems at a conference about anti bullying.

21 Jul 2014
The museum opened in 2001 and continues to attract tens of thousands of visitors every year

Roaring success of museum

An Isle of Wight Council attraction is close to reaching a huge landmark in its history.

16 Jul 2014 Last updated at 18:00
Posters have been designed to dispel myths

New poster campaign to challenge rape myths

A striking new campaign has been launched by partner agencies across the Isle of Wight to raise awareness of rape and serious sexual offences and to challenge rape myths.

16 Jul 2014
Newport Roman Villa will open for free on 26 July

Two council attractions to open free for a day

Two Isle of Wight Council attractions are holding open days this month as part of the national Festival of Archaeology.

16 Jul 2014
Off road training is part of the club

Club aims to improve young people's cycling skills

A new cycling club aimed at 10 to 15 year olds is taking place later this month.

16 Jul 2014
Members will meet at County Hall

Executive members to discuss transfer of college

Members of the Isle of Wight Council’s Executive are meeting tonight (16 July) to discuss a proposal that aims to help improve educational standards at Cowes Enterprise College.

16 Jul 2014
The peer challenge report concludes that the council has made sound progress over the last year

Peer review report highlights council progress and challenges

The Isle of Wight Council has today (Wednesday) published the findings of a voluntary corporate peer challenge into its overall leadership and governance, how it works – and its capacity to deliver and meet future challenges.

15 Jul 2014
People should continue to ring 999 in an emergency

More fire strikes underway

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have staged the first of 15 periods of industrial action due to take place over the next week.

15 Jul 2014
The convenience store was not allowed to sell alcohol for a set period

Backing for Trading Standards underage drinking warning

A managing director of a local convenience store business is supporting the Isle of Wight Council’s trading standards service by warning traders of the consequences of selling alcohol to underage customers.

14 Jul 2014
There's lots of entertainment going on during the day

Celebrity singer part of the entertainment at Short Breaks fun day

Children and young people with disabilities/additional needs and their families are invited to a fun and information day which is being held at Medina Leisure Centre playing fields, Newport - with a celebrity singer also giving a performance.

14 Jul 2014
Most Island residents will automatically transfer onto the new electoral register

Electoral registration system is changing this summer

From 19 July, all residents on the Isle of Wight will receive a letter through the post telling them about the biggest change to the electoral registration system in nearly 100 years.

14 Jul 2014
The service supports opportunities for learning across a range of subjects

Adult Community Learning Service welcomes Ofsted findings

Adult community learning services run by the Isle of Wight Council have been rated as good by Ofsted following a recent inspection.

11 Jul 2014
The Island is now to be included in the Coastal Access Act 2009

Council welcomes Island's inclusion in national path

The Isle of Wight Council is delighted that the Island is now to be included in the Coastal Access Act 2009 and is grateful for the enthusiastic campaign led by the ramblers both locally and nationally. The Isle of Wight Council has consistently advised the government that the Island should benefit from the provisions of the Coastal Access Act, just like the rest of England.

11 Jul 2014
Parking tariffs will be changing

Guide to parking changes agreed by the council

Following a consultation on proposed changes to parking arrangements on the Isle of Wight, the council has agreed a number of changes which includes increasing tariffs on the Island for the first time in six years.

Key points:

  • Changes to parking tariffs – not all charges have increased.
  • Plans for charges to be extended to 8pm dropped.
  • Parking charges at leisure centres – free for One Card holders and plans underway for free parking for pre-booked swimming lesson. Free parking will remain for all at weekends.
  • Appley and Puckpool – charges reintroduced.
  • Moa Place Freshwater – council to consult with parish council before free half hour parking is removed.
  • Charges in some previously free car parks – first hour still free in Carisbrooke and Wootton.
  • Parking permits – unlimited parking in council car parks from as little as 41p per day.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.