Latest Council News

21 Nov 2014
More foster carers are needed on the Isle of Wight

Find out about fostering

The Isle of Wight Council's fostering service is holding a series of roadshows to recruit new carers.

20 Nov 2014
The fire has been smouldering since last weekend

Controlled burning of smouldering fire off Briddlesford Road

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service has given advice to the operators of Westridge Skip Hire to assist them in carrying out the safe controlled rapid burning of 600 tonnes of wood at their site off Briddlesford Road near Newport, which has been smouldering since last weekend.

19 Nov 2014
Isle of Wight children's services is no longer rated as inadequate

Isle of Wight Children's Services no longer rated inadequate

Significant progress has been made to improve standards in children’s social services at the Isle of Wight Council, resulting in a step up in judgement. Ofsted has officially removed the service from its ‘inadequate’ category and raised it to ‘requires improvement’.

19 Nov 2014
The anthology will be launched on 25 November

Poetry and prose to highlight domestic abuse issues

An anthology of poems and short prose pieces aimed at raising the awareness of domestic abuse will be launched on Tuesday 25 November.

12 Nov 2014
The library is 75 years old, having opened in 1939.

Freshwater Library to celebrate milestone birthday

Freshwater Library is 75 years old this year and is celebrating this milestone on Monday 17 November.

12 Nov 2014
The museum will be open for free and visitors are welcome to browse the exhibitions

Free entry and lots on offer at Dinosaur Isle event this weekend

Dinosaur Isle Museum in Sandown is hosting a free event this weekend which celebrates fossil collecting from the Isle of Wight and the local region.

12 Nov 2014
Public toilets in Freshwater

Council to consult on community toilet scheme

The Isle of Wight Council Executive has agreed to consult with residents and businesses over the potential introduction of a community toilet scheme on the Island which could increase the number of public conveniences available.

11 Nov 2014
Residents should contact the council to request a new supply for clear sacks when they are running low.

Successful recycling sack collection scheme replaces annual deliveries

A successful scheme, where residents who use clear recycling sacks ring up the council to request more and then pick them up at a set location, is being expanded to replace annual deliveries.

11 Nov 2014
Eight public forum events will be taking place in towns across the Island

Council budget 2015/2016 – don’t miss your local public forum

A series of public forums giving Island residents the chance to help shape the council’s spending and priorities for 2015/2016 are to get underway from tomorrow (Wednesday 12 November).

10 Nov 2014
Naked candle flames can be a hazard if costumes are not fire retardent.

Fire safety advice for fancy dress costumes over Christmas

Isle of Wight Council's trading standards service is advising parents to be sure any fancy dress costumes they buy for their children over the festive period are safe.

06 Nov 2014
Some of the athletes on the scheme

Talented Island athletes look back on successes

With 2014 soon to draw to a close, several Isle of Wight sports stars who are supported through a council development scheme are reflecting on many successes.

06 Nov 2014
There was key advice at the event from a selection of universities

Hundreds attend careers and jobs fair

More than 740 people turned up to seek important careers and jobs advice at the Your Future event staged at the Isle of Wight College, Newport.

06 Nov 2014
E-cigarettes should always be charged with the correct equipment, following the supplier's guidelines.

Safety advice for users of electronic cigarettes after lucky escape for couple

The Isle of Wight Council's trading standards team and the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are advising users of electronic cigarettes to always charge them correctly.

06 Nov 2014
Council representatives will be attending services at various locations across the Island

Council representatives to mark Remembrance Sunday

The Isle of Wight Council will be represented at a number of services across the Island to mark Remembrance Sunday this weekend.

05 Nov 2014
The team did a similar challenge to France last year and raised over £40,000

Firefighters to launch charity cycling challenge

A team from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is aiming to raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity by organising a gruelling cycling challenge.

05 Nov 2014
The Isle of Wight Foodbank helps people in crisis with essentials such as food, clothing and bedding

New five-year lease proposed to help foodbank

The Isle of Wight Foodbank, which supports people in crisis, looks set to be granted a new five year lease by the Isle of Wight Council.

04 Nov 2014
Some of the poppies on display

Poppies on display to commemorate Ryde's First World War fallen

Hundreds of poppies representing Ryde residents who died in the First World War are being made to go on display at Ryde Cemetery.

03 Nov 2014
The game is aimed at older players but anyone can take part.

New version of football comes to Ryde

A new footballing activity, specifically aimed at older people, is coming to the Island.

29 Oct 2014
The team with their Hampshire colleagues at the end of the race

Fostering team pounds the streets of Portsmouth to raise awareness

A team of fostering staff from the Isle of Wight Council have helped raise awareness of fostering by competing in the Great South run at the weekend.

28 Oct 2014
The strike is due to take place from 6pm on 31 October to 6pm on 4 November

Public urged to take extra care during four days of FBU strike action

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) are staging a further four days of industrial action between Friday 31 October and Tuesday 4 November.

28 Oct 2014
The field of remembrance was introduced in the Princess Beatrice Garden at Carisbrooke Castle in 2010

Field of remembrance to reopen for commemorations

A special ‘field of remembrance’ will be opened once again at Carisbrooke Castle next month (November) to commemorate those in the uniformed services who lost their lives in service of their country.

27 Oct 2014
There's lots of foods you can make with bits of pumpkins you would throw out at Hallowe'en

Reduce food waste this Hallowe'en with tasty pumpkin recipes

With Hallowe'en approaching, the Isle of Wight Council is working with a local cookery academy to encourage residents not to generate food waste but instead use parts of pumpkins to make meals.

24 Oct 2014
Father Luke Bell, Matt Noyce, councillor Ivor Warlow and Executive member for sustainability, environment, Luisa Hillard with the new bicycle racks.

Pedestrian access to Quarr upgraded as works are completed

Visitors to Quarr Abbey near Ryde can now leave the car at home and use their bicycles, after works to improve pedestrian access to the monastery, along with cycling facilities at the abbey, were completed.

22 Oct 2014
The online survey is among a series of budget consultation activities

Council launches online budget survey

Island residents are being encouraged to help shape the council’s spending and priorities for the year ahead – by taking part in an online budget survey launched on the website today (Wednesday 22 October).

21 Oct 2014
You need to fill out an admission form and submit it by 4.30pm on 31 October.

Secondary school admissions deadline nears

The deadline for parents and guardians to submit an application for children starting secondary school in September 2015 is fast approaching.

21 Oct 2014
The conference aims to tackle all aspects of bullying

Anti bullying conference to take place

A major event focusing on anti-bullying is being held in Newport this week, bringing together a number of schools and agencies.

21 Oct 2014
Take only a few seconds to test your smoke alarms when you put your clocks back this weekend.

Take a few minutes to test smoke alarms when the clocks go back

On Sunday 26 October, the clocks go back by one hour and the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is asking all homeowners to remember to take just a few minutes to check their smoke alarms while changing their clocks.

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.

20 Oct 2014
The provision must be for Sandown and is for an initial period until March 2017.

Organisations sought to provide youth activities in Sandown

Organisations are being invited to bid for funding of £15,500 to provide youth activities in Sandown as part of the Isle of Wight Council's new youth offer.

20 Oct 2014
Isle of Wight Council

Council welcomes transport review

Last week it was announced a cross-Solent travel task force has been set up, with support from the Department for Transport minister, John Hayes.

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

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
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.

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.

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 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.