Recreation, Leisure and Public Spaces - Beaches

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: Does the council have any facilities for the use of 'off road' motor cycles, e.g. scrambler bikes etc?

Answer: No - you may only use private land with the owners permission.

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Question: Who can I contact regarding an injured/dead swan?

Answer: Please contact the RSPCA on 01983 840287.

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Question: Can you remove the Seaweed on our beach as it is causing a terrible smell?

Answer: At various times throughout the summer the Isle of Wight does experience an influx of seaweed on the tide line at different locations around the Island. And in some cases this occurrence can cause an unpleasant odour. It must be appreciated that this is a naturally occurring coastal phenomenon and one that the Council has no control over. However when conditions allow the Council does where possible attempt to re-move the accumulation which is taken for local composting, but due to limited resources and technical difficulties this may not be as regular as everyone would wish.

The accumulation of seaweed and the associated odour it causes at some locations on the Island has been a problem for a number of years, and the Council does what it can with its available resources to alleviate the situation. However it must be noted that even when the Council’s municipal beaches are cleared the odour may remain as the adjacent private beaches may be effected with an accumulation, or traces from the seaweed may be left in the sand and coastal silts. However unpleasant this smell is to some people there is no danger to public.




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Question: Can we book a tennis court?

Answer: We only have courts at Seaclose Park and these are available on a first come first served basis, they are not bookable.



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Question: How can I check whether a Park, Garden, Open space or Beach is owned by the council?

Answer: Not all areas where the public can go are owned by the Isle of Wight Council. But if not we can usually suggest who might own them. Please contact the Recreation, Leisure and Public spaces service for further information on 01983 821000.

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Question: Can we go metal detecting on Island Beaches?

Answer: The Council's policy is to permit metal detecting on any of the Council owned/managed beaches. We would ask those who chose to metal dectect on our beaches do so responsible, mindful of other beach users and in accordance with the requirements of legislation such as the Treasures Act 1996.

There are a number of privately owned beaches and the council cannot give permission for metal detecting on these sites. We suggest that you contact the appropriate land owner.

Note also that metal detecting is prohibited on any other land owned by the council. - Related Link

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Question: How do I dedicate a tree on the Island?

Answer: The council no longer provides a tree dedication service as, at present, there are not enough suitable locations for new trees. If new park land is dedicated or acquired in the future then we hope to invite tree dedications again.

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Question: Where are the Lifebelts situated on the Island?

Answer: A list showing the location of lifebelts can be found on the Recreation leisure and Public Spaces Web site under Seaside Safety. Alternatively, please contact Commercial Services on 01983 821000 for further information. - Related Link

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Question: Are BBQ's allowed on Beaches?

Answer: Only one beach managed by the Council permits barbecues. This is located at Red Cliff, Yaverland. It is also possible to book the purpose-built barbeque facility at Fort Victoria Country Park, near Yarmouth - this is ideal for larger parties.

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Question: Do we rent/sell Beach Huts on the Isle of Wight?

Answer: The Isle of Wight Council does not formally rent out Beach Huts.
To buy a Beach Hut you would need to look locally in the Estate Agents or to rent a Beach Hut on a daily/weekly basis you will need to contact one of the concessionaires who operate on our beach. A list of names and locations is available on our website

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Question: Where are the playgrounds on the Island?

Answer: Please see link below for a list of Playgrounds on the Isle of Wight. - Related Link

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Question: Where can we book a tennis court on the Isle of Wight?

Answer: The tennis courts at Seaclose Park are available on a first come-first served basis and are not bookable. Just turn up and play



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Question: Where can I launch my dinghy/boat?

Answer: Please contact the Recreation, Leisure and Public Spaces Department on 01983 821000 or visit our website for a full listing of public slipways. - Related Link

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Question: How do I dedicate a seat or bench on Isle of Wight Council land?

Answer: Unfortunately there are no dedicated bench opportunities currently available and the council is at present not actively installing new benches.
However, Island Roads administer applications for both the installation of plaques on existing benches and new memorial benches located on the highway network and they can be contacted via the following link (info@islandroads.com) or by calling 01983 822440. - Related Link

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Question: Where can I find out what island Beaches have dog exclusion areas?

Answer: Please click on the link below for maps showing the dog exclusion areas. Implementation of this order is conducted by The Safer Neighbourhoods Partnership. For further information call please 821000.
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Question: Do the Council have any boat storage facilities?

Answer: Yes we have a Dinghy/Boat Park at Wheelers Bay. For more information please see the link below or call Commercial Services on 01983-821000.

The Council also has other facilities available on the Island. Contact Newport Harbour on (01983) 525994 or Ryde Harbour on (01983) 613879 - Related Link

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Question: How many Council Boat Parks are there on the Island?

Answer: There are numerous Boat Parks on the Island, but only one comes under the Isle of Wight Council located at Wheelers Bay, Ventnor. For further information please contact our Commerical Services Department on 01983 821000. - Related Link

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Question: Who do we contact regarding Boat Permits for Wheelers Bay?

Answer: Please contact Recreation, Leisure and Public Spaces on 01983 821000 - Related Link

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