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Mr Ian Stephens

Welcome to My Website

Ian StephensThank you for visiting my website. I endeavour to put various interesting items both Islandwide and of local interest.
My biography contains some brief information, such as my reasons for standing as an Independent candidate, etc. If you want to know more about me please contact me.

I attempt to put information which may assist you, such as roadworks in the ward, health links, community safety amongst other things. One thing that will not appear on this site is political jibes, as I am not political and do not see a place for it in local council. Please contact me if there is an item you think may improve coverage on an area of interest. You may wish to contribute an item or anecdotal information. Please feel free to contact me via any of my contact details, as listed.

Road Works:
Use this link to view all the current roadworks in place in our area and across the Island

Ryde Planning Applications:
Use this link to view all current planning applications for Ryde

Forth coming meetings:
Use this link to view all future Council meetings

Isle of Wight Council's Constitution:
Use this link to the Isle of Wight Council's Constitution

My News

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About Me

Name: Mr Ian Stephens
Political Group: Island Independent Network Group
Electoral Division: Ryde West
Address: Flat 11
The Appley
Appley Rise
Isle Of Wight
PO33 1LE
Mobile: 07970 009 523
Many know me as I was born and have lived on the Island all my life, however I have travelled, stayed in hotels and worked throughout the South (east and west) prior to taking early retirement from BT. I then started an independent communication consultancy which I stopped on being elected back in 2001. I started up a family bed/furniture business, which we have since sold on to others. I have always held belief that the Island and its' residents are very special and therefore this needs to be respected in everyday life, no matter what you do.
I was re-elected as an Independent Member at the elections in May 2005 and again in June 2009, In this current year as the Vice Chairman of the Isle of Wight Council it has been my intention to ensure that the civic office plays a stronger supporting role to all in everyday life, striving to raise the profile of Island initiatives in all fields from trade and commerce to tourism,health and many more.My nomination as an Independent Councillor allows me to represent the views and concerns of local residents, unfettered by political decisions. Within the debate on education we had Primary, Middle, and High schools in my area of Ryde West, and the decision to close Middle schools will continue to create quite a considerable increase in pupils attending both Haylands Primary and Ryde High School...with no plans to move the increased numbers to another site to spread the load (although I had suggested that a new High school site be researched, or a 6th Form College for Ryde on another campus). I did not support the newly mooted changes on concern over the increase in pupil numbers alone. If you are a local resident you will be aware that there is heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the district at school opening and closing times. There is also the existing parking burden brought about by inadequate parking on the High school site which will again have further the problems of additional staff and pupil parking.
I have always put the district and those residents of Ryde West at the forefront of my decisions, and will continue to do so.

I have been criticised by others for representing residents views at IWC Planning in regard to contentious matters, but I have always held that local knowledge is paramount when considering decisions. We live on a unique Island and need to protect our environment, whilst also weighing up the need for sustainable employment.

Register of Interests.

View my declaration of interests.

Meeting Attendance

The table below records the attendance over the last 12 months by the councillor at meetings of the full Council, Cabinet (for Cabinet members) and those committees and panels of which the councillor is a member.

Meeting Name Meeting Date Attended Meeting
Full Council 15/07/2020 Attendance