Latest Council News

20 Oct 2014
Thw Autumn Walking Festival regularly attracts thousands of participants

Autumn Walking Festival promises diverse choice of events

The annual Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Weekend takes place this coming weekend, with a huge variety of walks available.

17 Oct 2014
Councillor Ian Stepehens with Emma Corina (centre) from the trustees, along with users of the Riverside Centre.

Riverside Centre transferred to trustees

The Isle of Wight Council has officially handed over the Riverside Centre to its trustees following the completion of a community asset transfer.

16 Oct 2014
Signs in each area are now in place in the respective towns.

New powers in force in two towns to tackle anti social behaviour

Areas in two towns on the Isle of Wight, where police can confiscate alcohol from people if they are causing anti social behaviour, are now in force.

16 Oct 2014
The fire and rescue service want to hear from you if you have been involved in a fire at your home, no matter how small.

Calling anyone who has experienced a fire in the home

If you have experienced a fire in the past 12 months then you can help improve the safety of other local people – and help the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service – by taking part in an important online survey at www.lifebid.co.uk

16 Oct 2014
Isle of Wight Council

Statement on Carisbrooke College

Following reports in some local media outlets on the future of Carisbrooke College, the Executive member for children's services, Councillor Jonathan Bacon, has made the following statement.

15 Oct 2014
If you have a chimney you should get a professional sweeping firm to clean it.

Chimney safety message promoted by fire service ahead of winter

With winter getting closer, more and more households on the Isle of Wight are beginning to use home fires.

15 Oct 2014
More than 45 employers will be attending the event

‘Your Future’ - careers and jobs fair

A major careers and jobs fair, Your Future, is being staged at the Isle of Wight College, Newport on Thursday 30 October, to give key advice to Island residents aged from 14 up to and including adults.

14 Oct 2014
The council  is preparing its budget for the next financial year

Have your say on future council priorities

The council is to hold a series of consultation events to gather views of Island residents as it prepares its budget for the next financial year.

09 Oct 2014
Loneliness and social isolation are issues faced by older people on the Island

National recognition for Island public health research

Research into social isolation and loneliness carried out by the Isle of Wight Council’s public health team has been recognised at a major national conference.

08 Oct 2014
The winners were given their prizes by Councillor Shirley Smart

Summer reading challenge proves popular

Nearly 30,000 children's books have been rented from Isle of Wight Council and community libraries over the summer, mainly thanks to the annual Summer Reading Challenge.

06 Oct 2014
The new numbers are easier to remember than the old ones

Council leisure centres get new phone numbers

The Isle of Wight Council's leisure facilities are now operating new phone numbers to make it easier for customers to contact them.

01 Oct 2014
The Facebook page and section on iwight.com will provide informaiton on youth offer activities across the Island.

New Facebook page for Isle of Wight youth offer

A new Facebook page providing information on new youth offer activities across the Isle of Wight has been launched.

01 Oct 2014
Isle of Wight Council

Full list of schools ahead of strike action - 14 October

**Planned strike action for 14 October by members of Unison, the GMB and Unite has been called off.

29 Sep 2014
The council’s Executive is to consider the proposals on 7 October

Executive to consider changes to disability related expenditure

The Isle of Wight Council’s Executive is to consider proposals to change how it treats additional expenses related to disability, when it meets next week (Tuesday 7 October).

29 Sep 2014
Numerous users were at the official opening of the newly resurfaced path

Newly resurfaced popular path officially opened by users

Nearly 20,000 trips have been recorded on a newly resurfaced shared-use path between Shanklin and Wroxall in the last three months.

26 Sep 2014
Your views are sought ahead of the council awarding a new contract to a waste services provider.

Have your say on waste collection and recycling

The Isle of Wight Council has today (Friday, 26 September) launched a survey into household waste and recycling services on the Island.

25 Sep 2014
Cowes floating bridge full service resumes tonight (Thursday)

Floating bridge full service resumed

Cowes floating bridge will resume a full service tonight (Thursday) following a change to scheduled resurfacing works by Island Roads in Medina Road, Cowes.

24 Sep 2014
The team in their fetching running vest before their training run. Pictured with them is Councillor Jonathan Bacon.

Running to raise fostering awareness

Isle of Wight Council foster carers are hoping to raise awareness of fostering by taking part in the Great South Run.

22 Sep 2014
The new system is designed to prevent the canoe lake from flooding, protecting nearby premises and wildlife (photo courtesy Matthew Chatfield)

Work begins on new pumping system at Ryde Canoe Lake

The Isle of Wight Council has begun work on a scheme designed to reduce the risk of Ryde Canoe Lake overflowing in future, protecting nearby properties and businesses and the wildlife on the lake.

19 Sep 2014
A floral arrangement at award-winning Ventnor Park

Top accolade for Ventnor Park

Historic Ventnor Park on the Isle of Wight has been awarded the Park of the Year Award at the South and South East England in Bloom Awards.

16 Sep 2014
The revised policy gives local people greater priority for affordable social housing

Revised housing policy to give Island residents priority

The Isle of Wight Council’s Executive has approved a revised social housing allocation policy for the Island which gives local people greater priority for affordable social housing.

16 Sep 2014
Harrison tackling one of the 'killer' hills

Harrison conquers the Hills Killer challenge

A four-year-old boy has become the youngest person to complete the gruelling Three Hills Killer which forms part of the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival.

11 Sep 2014
The charging point has been installed but will be ready for use from October.

Electric vehicle charging point installed in Newport

A new pay-per-use electric vehicle rapid charging point will soon be available for public use in Newport.

11 Sep 2014
Details of other Executive post will be announced in due course.

Changes to council Executive

Isle of Wight Council leader Ian Stephens has commenced a process of reorganisation of the council’s Executive including bringing about a number of structural changes to the allocation of responsibilities among Executive members.

11 Sep 2014
The Hills Challenge returns again this year and will test the endurance of competitors

Cycling festival to get underway

The 2014 Isle of Wight Cycling Festival kicks off this coming weekend, with a huge variety of rides available for all ages.

10 Sep 2014
The bridge will continue to remain manually operated

No planned changes for operation of Yar Bridge

Yar Bridge in Yarmouth is to continue to be operated manually after an agreement was reached with Yarmouth Harbour Commission.

10 Sep 2014
Cycling facilities such as new racks and shelters will be installed by organisations who have received the grants

Island organisations boosted with cycling facility grants

More than 15 organisations have been awarded funding from the Isle of Wight Council to improve cycle parking and storage facilities across the Island.

09 Sep 2014
The local offer provides a range of resources for users

Online service for young people launched

A new online service aimed at young people aged up to 25, with special educational needs and disability, has been launched by the Isle of Wight Council.

04 Sep 2014
The area of road affected by the landslip remains closed.

Executive to discuss Undercliff Drive

The council’s Executive is to consider allocating up to £500,000 from the council’s capital programme contingency budget for a scheme at the section of Undercliff Drive affected by a landslide earlier this year.

04 Sep 2014
Southern Vectis provide school transport bus services on the Isle of Wight.

School transport proposals to be discussed

Members of the Isle of Wight Council's Executive will meet on Tuesday 9 September to discuss proposed changes to the authority's home to school transport policy.

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.