Latest Council News

22 Apr 2015
Exercise organised by the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service

Emergency services to take part in multi-agency exercise

An exercise is being organised by the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service to simulate a multi-agency response to a serious incident.

22 Apr 2015
The schools competition will take place on part of the Pearl Izumi course in Ryde

Schools to compete for success on Pearl Izumi course

Eight primary schools will battle it out to claim to have the best cycling team when the Pearl Izumi Tour Series arrives on the Island on 14 May.

22 Apr 2015
The deadline is nearing to make comments as part of the consultation

Last chance to comment on secondary and post-16 proposals

Consultation on proposals aimed at improving secondary and post-16 educational attainment on the Isle of Wight closes soon.

17 Apr 2015
The survey aims to gather views on a range of areas associated the provision of A-Levels

A-level study survey nearing deadline

The deadline for young people aged 11 to 18 to take part in a survey about A-level study is nearing.

16 Apr 2015
Ray Allen will provide an evening of entertainment in Newport

Famous Island-born TV comedy creator to visit Newport Library

The Island-born creator of iconic British TV comedy 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em' will be sharing his stories of his life in showbusiness at an event in Newport this month.

16 Apr 2015
The vast majority of parents have been allocated their first choice primary school

High percentage of parents get first choice primary school

From today (Thursday 16 April) parents on the Isle of Wight will find out if their children have secured a place at one of their chosen primary schools for the next academic year.

15 Apr 2015
The new laws will see smoke detectors installed in every rented property

New law will see more smoke alarms in properties

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are welcoming a proposed change in the law that will require private landlords to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties.

15 Apr 2015
The consultation ends on 17 April

Community toilet scheme survey ends on 17 April

Island residents and businesses are being reminded that two surveys on the council’s proposed new community toilet scheme are due to end this Friday (17 April).

14 Apr 2015
The new site has been designed to work on all devices including PCs, Macs, tablets and smart phones.

Walking festival website upgraded

Mobile and tablet users can now find out details about the forthcoming Isle of Wight Walking Festival using their devices.

08 Apr 2015
A close up of the fossil from the Calamosauru Foxi that was found on Chilton Chine

Important fossil discovery made on the Island

A fossil from a dinosaur has been discovered on the Isle of Wight, more than a century since the last remains of the predator were found.

07 Apr 2015
A number of electric vehicle charge points are now available in council car parks across the Island.

Chance to learn more about electric vehicle hire scheme

The Isle of Wight Council is inviting organisations to a suppliers’ day to learn more about setting up an electric vehicle hire scheme (EVH).

06 Apr 2015
The council is looking at options for the cliff lift

Council looking at Shanklin cliff lift options

The Isle of Wight Council is looking into ways of re-opening pedestrian access at the top of the Shanklin cliff lift while longer term solutions are sought.

02 Apr 2015
The chain ferry carries both vehicles and pedestrians

New loading measures for Cowes floating bridge

New measures controlling how passengers and vehicles embark onto and disembark from the Cowes floating bridge have been brought in.

31 Mar 2015
The Writ is hand delivered by Royal Mail

Election Writ delivered to the Island

On Tuesday 31 March, John Matthews, Under Sheriff of the Isle of Wight, on behalf of the High Sheriff who is the Returning Officer for the Isle of Wight Constituency at the forthcoming General Election, along with Chris Mathews the Acting Returning Officer, officially received the Writ from the Clerk to the Crown.

31 Mar 2015
The Shanklin Steamer will operate over Easter (photo Southern Vectis website)

Bus to provide temporary travel after Shanklin cliff lift announcement

Following the announcement the Shanklin Cliff Lift will be closed for the foreseeable future for safety reasons, the council has been working with Southern Vectis to look into providing other ways of transport between the cliff top and the esplanade.

30 Mar 2015
The steelworks supporting the footbridge have corroded considerably and need repairs before the lift can open

Shanklin cliff lift to remain closed for immediate future

The Shanklin Cliff Lift will remain closed for the foreseeable future due to safety concerns after the public footbridge structure was found to have significantly and unexpectedly deteriorated.

30 Mar 2015
Disc Golf is a new version of the old game

Golf with twist available to try for free

A new version of one of the world's oldest sports is coming to the Island in April and you can try it for free.

27 Mar 2015

Successful bid to secure car club funding

The Isle of Wight Council has secured £100,000 to develop a car club on the Island to promote more sustainable travel.

25 Mar 2015
A copy of the letter which was sent to the elderly resident

Lottery scam targets Island residents

Island residents are being warned by the Isle of Wight Council's Trading Standards Service to watch out for a lottery scam that is targeting elderly people.

24 Mar 2015
Connor Dyer has been elected as the new Member of the UK Youth Parliament for the Isle of Wight

New Youth MP elected

The Isle of Wight has a new Member of the UK Youth Parliament.

24 Mar 2015
The medals will be presented at Ryde Fire Station

Firefighters to receive long service awards

Firefighters from across the Island will gather at Ryde Fire Station on Thursday 26 March 2015 for a ceremony to mark 20 years of exemplary service.

24 Mar 2015
Table tennis is one of the sports available to try for free

Chance to try sports and activities for free

The Isle of Wight Council is working with several organisations to provide a day of free taster sessions for a number of sports and activities.

23 Mar 2015
The new peers are supported by the Island's children's centres such as Cowes (pictured)

More mums become breastfeeding peers

Mums who want support to breastfeed their children on the Island can access further help at children's centres and St Mary's Hospital, Newport.

23 Mar 2015
The 2015 Walking Festival official programme is out now

Look out for your 2015 Walking Festival programme

Programmes for the 17th staging of the hugely popular Isle of Wight Walking Festival are now available at locations across the Island – as well as online at www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk.

20 Mar 2015
The new plan will come into force from Monday 23 March

Brading voters approve neighbourhood development plan

Voters at Brading have approved a neighbourhood development plan for the area.

19 Mar 2015
The Youth Council works with the Isle of Wight Council

Youth MP voting now open

Voting to elect the Isle of Wight's next Member of the UK Youth Parliament and their deputy is now live.

18 Mar 2015
Personal pledges can be shared via social media

National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

The Isle of Wight Council is supporting National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day today (Wednesday 18 March) and will be using social media to raise awareness of the issue locally.

18 Mar 2015
Cllr Shirley Smart, DofE South East operations manager Geoff Hurst, Cllr Jonathan Bacon and the council's Lee Matthews

Council awarded licence to continue Duke of Edinburgh Awards

The Isle of Wight Council has been confirmed as the operating authority for the Duke of Edinburgh Award on the Island after securing another three year licence from the youth charity.

16 Mar 2015
The proposal is described as an “invest to save” project

Solar panels proposed for three council buildings

Plans to install solar panels on three Isle of Wight Council buildings – generating an estimated annual net income of £4,000-plus – are to be considered next week (Tuesday 24 March).

12 Mar 2015
Jane receiving her certificate from Jane Ellison MP

Breastfeeding work recognition for Island woman

A woman from the Isle of Wight has been recognised as an 'unsung hero' by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health for her work to support mothers who breastfeed their babies.

12 Mar 2015
The proposals may lead to more toilet provision being available across the Island

Community toilet scheme consultation launched

The Isle of Wight Council wants to hear from residents and business owners about its proposed new community toilet scheme (CTS).

11 Mar 2015
The course helps motorcyclists to ride defensively and anticipate hazards on the road

Free training course for bikers

Places are available on the Isle of Wight Council’s Better Riding Course, a successful theory and practical motorcycle training course aimed at all riders – no matter how experienced.

10 Mar 2015
The Bay Children's Centre in Sandown is one of the buildings that will close for a period as part of the transition.

Transition period for children's centres

The Isle of Wight's eight children's centres will close for ten days at the beginning of April as part of a transition to a new provider.

10 Mar 2015
The Island has been selected as a vanguard site

Isle of Wight to lead new ways of delivering health and social care

News from My Life A Full Life, a programme jointly led by the Isle of Wight Council, Isle of Wight NHS Trust, the Clinical Commissioning Group and a wide range of voluntary organisations.

09 Mar 2015 Last updated at 10:30
Admissions data published

Secondary school admissions data published

Admissions data for the Isle of Wight’s secondary schools has been published by the Isle of Wight Council.

09 Mar 2015
The biggest change in adult health and social care law for over 60 years

Preparations underway for Care Act introduction

The Isle of Wight Council is preparing for the introduction of the Care Act 2014, the biggest change to adult health and social care law for over 60 years.

09 Mar 2015
Almost £4 million secured to develop children's social care in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

Social work innovation funding secured

The Isle of Wight Council and Hampshire County Council have welcomed news that an ambitious bid for funding to transform social care services has been successful.

09 Mar 2015
Sally Pomme will be hosting a number of event at Ventnor Library.

Renowned storyteller to pay a magical visit to Ventnor

A highly regarded storyteller is visiting Ventnor Library later this month to host workshops and give performances.

09 Mar 2015
Vocational traineeships will include construction skills

New funding to encourage traineeships

The Isle of Wight Council has secured £90,000 from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills to encourage young adults aged between 19 and 24 to undertake traineeships.

06 Mar 2015
The consultation ends on 17 April 2015

Consultation on housing-related support services

A two-month consultation is underway into housing-related support services provided by the council.

05 Mar 2015
Martin Poynter

Tribute to Martin Poynter

Message from Steve Apter, chief fire officer, Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service.

05 Mar 2015
The rogue traders have visited areas across the Island.

Trading standards warn of rogue traders offering driveway work

The Isle of Wight Council's trading standards service is warning residents of team of rogue traders who are visiting towns on the Island, offering to tarmac people's driveways.

05 Mar 2015
The referendum takes place on Thursday 19 March

Referendum on Brading development plan

Registered voters in Brading will be able to vote on the proposed new neighbourhood development plan for the area at a special local referendum on Thursday 19 March.

05 Mar 2015
The grant follows a joint bid from the NHS trust, the Isle of Wight Council and the Real World Trust

Major grant to boost drug and alcohol recovery facility

Public Health England has approved a grant of £355,000 to refurbish and improve a key facility at Sandown which helps Island residents recovering from drug and alcohol-related issues.

03 Mar 2015
Choices will be providing careers information and advice.

Opportunity to meet training providers

To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week (9 to 13 March), an event is being held at Newport Library on Thursday 12 March 2015 for young people to find out about local apprenticeships and apply for upcoming opportunities.

03 Mar 2015
The proposals are in response to new requirements under the Care Act 2014

Consultation underway on respite care and sitting services

A two-month consultation has been launched this week on proposals to change the way the Isle of Wight Council charges services users for respite care and sitting services.

02 Mar 2015
Ryde - image courtesy of Visit Isle of Wight

Arts project to bring new family to Ryde

A new family will be moving to Ryde this summer as part of an arts project organised by Ryde Library.

02 Mar 2015
The phone calls are not from the Isle of Wight Council

Scam warning - council tax calls

The Isle of Wight Council's Trading Standards Service has been made aware of 'bogus' phone calls to households claiming to be from the council about mistakes with their council tax band.

02 Mar 2015
The winning team from the council's trial workplace challenge event received walking boots from sponsors Hi-Tec

Workplace walking challenge to be launched

Work places across the Island are being invited to take part in a new challenge aimed at increasing the amount of walking people do.