Latest Council News

01 Sep 2014
The Choices team will now be mobile and visit areas across the Island at set times

Choices service to become available in several towns

The Isle of Wight Council's Choices service will soon be leaving its Newport base and instead visit areas across the Island to make it easier for young people to see advisors.

01 Sep 2014
This year's acts include Outkast, Foals and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers

Island gears up for Bestival

Residents are being reminded of key routes between the Island’s ferry ports and the Bestival site, which are expected to be particularly busy on Thursday 4 September and Monday 8 September.

29 Aug 2014
At last year's Bestival, the team created a banner using people's hand prints with the slogan 'these hands don't hurt'

Reclaiming the night at this year’s Bestival

The Isle of Wight Domestic Abuse Forum is working in partnership with Island charities at this year's Bestival to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence issues.

28 Aug 2014
The contract has been awarded by the Isle of Wight Council

Major contract awarded for co-ordinated community substance misuse service

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has been awarded a three-year contract to provide a new co-ordinated community service helping people in their recovery from substance misuse.

27 Aug 2014
Councillor Shirley Smart and BT's Bill Murphy with the first cabinet in Farriers Way, Shorwell

First rural broadband cabinet goes live as part of multi million pound Isle of Wight fibre broadband project

The first cabinet to be fully connected as part of the Isle of Wight’s multi-million pound rural superfast fibre broadband project has now gone live, it has been announced today (Wednesday 27 August).

21 Aug 2014
The Duke of Kent is to visit the Island on 17 September (thanks to Michael Dunkason for the photograph)

Duke of Kent to present awards to Island organisations

His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent is to visit the Isle of Wight on Wednesday 17 September 2014.

21 Aug 2014
Nearly 1500 pupils sat GCSEs

Results in for Isle of Wight GCSE students

Provisional GCSE results show a significant improvement for some schools on the Isle of Wight, although the overall proportion achieving five A* to C GCSE passes, including English and mathematics, has declined slightly from 2013.

20 Aug 2014
The route is now suitable for horse riders as well cyclists, walkers and people with push chairs and wheelchairs.

Upgrade for popular shared route

Works to upgrade a well used public route near Ryde have been completed in partnership with Island Roads.

20 Aug 2014
Anyone can take part in the event, and you can run, jog or walk the distance

First sporting event for activators to be held

The first sporting event to be organised by the Isle of Wight Council's new community sport activators has been arranged.

18 Aug 2014
Mason (L) with Councillor Steve Stubbings (centre) and Lorraine Bower (R) from the Isle of Wight Council

Mortgage scheme helps first time buyer purchase their new home

Lloyds Bank and the Isle of Wight Council’s ongoing partnership to provide Local Lend a Hand mortgages has given 23 year old Mason Parker from Sandown the chance to move into his first home.

14 Aug 2014
The new map includes information on protected trees

Online map launched to give local planning information

A new online map has been launched by the Isle of Wight Council to help local communities look up and understand planning policies affecting their area.

14 Aug 2014
Over 700 students have opened their results today

Large improvements in A-Level results for Isle of Wight

Post 16 students studying in the Island’s sixth forms have been successful this year in national A-level examinations and Vocational qualifications.

08 Aug 2014
Schools are improving and children and young people are doing better

Ofsted praises ‘effective’ school improvement

School improvement arrangements on the Isle of Wight have been praised by Ofsted following a recent inspection.

07 Aug 2014
The footpath from Quay Lane to the old railway line in Brading was recently refurbished using LSTF funding

Council successful in latest bid for sustainable transport funds

The Isle of Wight Council has been told its bid for funding under the government's latest Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) has been successful.

06 Aug 2014
There will be limited fire cover during the periods of strike action

More firefighter strikes to take place

Members of the Fire Brigades Union are staging further periods of industrial action between 9 and 16 August.

06 Aug 2014
The council runs numerous social media pages and does report live on some of its meetings.

New digital reporting parliamentary order welcomed

The Isle of Wight Council has welcomed a parliamentary order signed by Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles that allows the media and public to film and digitally report from all public meetings of local government bodies.

06 Aug 2014
Lizzie was given a surprise visit by Andy just a week after being taken to hospital and received flowers and chocolates.

Leisure centre staff member praised for helping save the life of customer

A customer at Westridge Leisure Centre has thanked a member of staff for helping save his life after he suffered a heart attack.

05 Aug 2014

Disney characters encourage families to get active

The Isle of Wight Council's public health service is encouraging families on the Island to get active as part of a national scheme.

31 Jul 2014
The Duke of Edinburgh is to attend a number of engagements

Royalty to visit the Isle of Wight

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal are to carry out a number of engagements on the Isle of Wight between 3 and 5 August during Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.

30 Jul 2014
There will still be many street markets for the public to enjoy, such as this one in Newport.

New street trading policy to begin

A new street trading policy for the Isle of Wight comes into force from Friday 1 August.

30 Jul 2014
Working in partnership to boost the Island's economy

Stronger links to boost Island economy

A new memorandum of understanding is to be signed by the Isle of Wight Council and the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce - as a key step in driving forward the Island's economy.

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 recently, personally signing nearly 1,000 certificates for school pupils.

29 Jul 2014
A range of new activities will be provided under the new youth offer across the Island

Council awards funding to new youth opportunity providers

The Isle of Wight Council has awarded funding to 11 organisations who will deliver youth provision across the Island.

29 Jul 2014
Beaulieu House has been rated good with outstanding features

Beaulieu House given good Ofsted report

An Isle of Wight Council respite centre for children with severe disabilities has been rated good with outstanding features in its latest Ofsted inspection.

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 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
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.

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 Isle of Wight schools have improved by such a rapid rate that inspectors from Ofsted have visited the Island 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.

22 Jul 2014
There are three age categories in the competition

Anti bullying poetry competition underway

A children's poetry competition has been launched for which 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 major 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).