Latest Council News

25 Feb 2015
The council has agreed to focus its resources in four key priority areas for the year ahead

Isle of Wight Council agrees budget and council tax for 2015/2016

The Isle of Wight Council tonight (Wednesday) agreed to focus its resources in four key priority areas for the year ahead, at its annual council tax and budget-setting meeting.

25 Feb 2015
The Seaclose entrance to the path has unique wooden carvings as a feature which were designed by a local artist

Official opening for upgraded path in Newport

The latest shared-use path to benefit from significant investment will be officially opened on Saturday 28 February.

25 Feb 2015
The council wants to hear from young people aged 11 to 18 as part of the consultation

A-Level consultation for young people launched

The Isle of Wight Council wants to hear from young people aged 11 to 18 about A-levels.

20 Feb 2015
Councillor Royston Smith, chair of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Autority with Councillor Phil Jordan, Executive member for public protection and PFI

Historic fire partnership agreed

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is to enter into a strategic partnership with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service on 1 April 2015 following final approval from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority today (Friday 20 February).

19 Feb 2015
Planet Ice Ryde Arena is home to the Wightlink Raiders ice hockey team (photo courtesy planet-ice.co.uk)

Statement on Planet Ice Ryde Arena

In light of the news that Planet Ice Ryde Arena is due to close on 25 March, the council wishes to make the below statement.

19 Feb 2015
Will Matthews is the current member of Youth Parliament for the Isle of Wight

Youth council candidates sought

Young people who are passionate about helping to make changes that will benefit young people on the Island are being invited to stand for election to the Isle of Wight Youth Council (IWYC).

19 Feb 2015
The Isle of Wight Council is one of the lead sponsors of the event

Hedgelayers to test their skills

The ancient craft of hedgelaying will be celebrated at the 23rd staging of the annual Isle of Wight Hedgelaying Competition at Parkdown Barns, Calbourne Road, Newport later this month.

18 Feb 2015
There will be reduced fire cover on the Island between 7am on Wednesday 25 February and 7am on Thursday 26 February 2015

Firefighters to stage 24-hour strike

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) are to stage a 24-hour strike on Wednesday 25 February 2015.

13 Feb 2015
A section of Undercliff Drive following the landslip in 2014

Commitment to Undercliff Drive access scheme

The Isle of Wight Council’s Executive member for public protection and highways PFI has reiterated the authority’s commitment to an already approved scheme to give vehicular access to residents of Undercliff Drive affected by last year’s landslip.

13 Feb 2015
The work on the Island has been shared as an example of good practice with the government

National recognition for council for special educational needs reforms

The work the Isle of Wight Council has carried out to introduce special educational needs and disability reforms has been recognised by the government.

12 Feb 2015
The minister is encouraging St Thomas Primary School to help other schools learn from its achievements

Minister praises St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School

St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School at Carisbrooke has received special praise from the Minister for Schools, David Laws, in relation to its improvement in key stage 2 results for disadvantaged pupils since 2011.

12 Feb 2015
Positive meeting attended by a joint delegation from the Isle of Wight

Green light for Island train task force

Joint news article from the Isle of Wight Council and Andrew Turner MP.

11 Feb 2015
Tamlyn and Kaitlyn Starling put their hand prints in a special plinth marking the occasion, here with Peter Pusey and Shirley Smart

Dinosaur Isle celebrates millionth visitor milestone

A family from Ventnor got a surprise at Dinosaur Isle on Sunday 8 February when they became the museum's millionth visitors.

10 Feb 2015
At the launch of the Ryde charging point are Councillor Luisa Hillard, David Farr (SSE) and electric vehicle owner Ruth Jones.

Six public electric vehicle charging points now available

The Isle of Wight’s newest public electric vehicle charging point has been installed in Ryde and is now operational, bringing the total to six across the Island.

09 Feb 2015
Isle of Wight Council

Containers washed up on Island beach

The Isle of Wight Council is working with the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, HM Coastguard and Hampshire Constabulary this afternoon (Monday 9 February) after five 25 litre containers washed up on Ryde beach.

05 Feb 2015
The Highways PFI contract started on 1 April 2013

Additional support to oversee Island Roads contract

The Isle of Wight Council has appointed an organisation to assist with the management of the Highways PFI contract on a short term basis until key vacancies are filled within the team that oversees the Island Roads contract.

05 Feb 2015
The homeless shelter provides a warm and safe place for people to stay during the winter months

Homeless shelter to stay open for longer

The Island’s night shelter for homeless people is to stay open for longer, providing overnight accommodation for those in need until the weather improves in the spring.

05 Feb 2015
The council was one of the first authorities in the country to use Facebook for a live Q & A session in 2012.

Chance to question senior councillors on Facebook ahead of budget decision

The Isle of Wight Council will host a live Facebook questions and answers session on Wednesday 18 February to give residents the chance to question the leader and deputy leader ahead of the budget being set by Full Council.

05 Feb 2015
The task force will look at Island transport issues

Good progress reported on transport task force initiative

On Tuesday (3 February) this week, representatives from the Isle of Wight Council, with Andrew Turner the Island’s MP, met the John Hayes, Minister for Transport to take forward the proposal to establish an independently chaired transport infrastructure task force.

04 Feb 2015
Tina May is a world renowned vocalist

Famous vocalist to host musical workshops for primary pupils

Isle of Wight primary school children are being invited to musical workshops led by a world renowned jazz vocalist.

04 Feb 2015
The proposal for a consultation will be considered by the council’s Executive on 10 February

Executive to consider consultation on housing-related support services

A two-month consultation is being proposed on housing-related support services provided by the council.

03 Feb 2015
Grants are still available to help victims of flooding

Grant funding still available for flood victims

The Isle of Wight Council is reminding last winter’s flood victims to apply for grant funding secured by the council from the government in order to help those most affected by the floods of last winter.

02 Feb 2015
Responses are already being received in the early stages of the consultation

Secondary and post-16 consultation already proving popular

The Isle of Wight Council is welcoming queries, comments and challenges that are beginning to come in as part of the recently launched consultation on school and post-16 places.

02 Feb 2015
Budget proposals will be considered by Full Council on 25 February 2015

Council publishes budget and council tax proposals

The Isle of Wight Council has today (Monday, 2 February) confirmed its plans to focus resources on four key priority areas in its finalised budget proposals for 2015/2016.

02 Feb 2015
The council has committed to maintaining the level of support it provides through its Local Council Tax Support Scheme

Council tax support to continue

The Isle of Wight Council has approved plans to continue providing support to some of the Island’s most vulnerable residents via its Local Council Tax Support Scheme.

02 Feb 2015
The council has not increased the Wightcare charges for five years

Consultation planned on Wightcare charges

A two-month consultation is being proposed on plans to increase the amount the council charges service users for the Wightcare community alarm and telecare service.

30 Jan 2015
A large amount of books have been provided as part of the scheme

Dementia support scheme launched in council libraries

The Isle of Wight Council's library service is taking part in a national scheme aimed at supporting people with dementia.

30 Jan 2015
Security for the Island's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Fracking policy clarification welcomed by council

The Isle of Wight Council has welcomed the news that the government has clarified its policy on fracking, in particular, the areas where it will not be permitted.

30 Jan 2015
Reduce the risk of a fire in your home

Chimney fire warning issued by fire service

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is reminding residents of the importance of regularly maintaining their chimneys.

29 Jan 2015
The consultation is now live until 30 April

Secondary consultation meeting dates confirmed

The Isle of Wight Council has announced the dates and locations of public meetings as part of the current consultation on proposals to improve secondary and post 16 education attainment.

28 Jan 2015
The LSTF funding will also be used to support Visit Isle of Wight's 'Bicycle Island' marketing campaign

Multiple projects to benefit from sustainable transport funding

The Isle of Wight Council will be funding more than 15 sustainable transport projects under the government's latest Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF).

28 Jan 2015
The strategy will identify preferred options to reduce future coastal flooding and erosion in the West Wight

Presentations to highlight new West Wight coastal strategy

The public are being invited to two presentations and workshops as part of the development of a new coastal strategy for the West Wight.

28 Jan 2015
The Pearl Izumi tour will be coming to the Island in May - here the news of welcomed by partners in the event including the council and VIOW.

Isle of Wight to host leading cycle race in May

Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW), the Isle of Wight Council and Island Roads are pleased to announce that after months of negotiation, they have been successful in their bid to host one of the stages of The Pearl Izumi Tour Series.

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.