Latest Council News

28 May 2015
The consultation is into proposals to encourage residents to make greater use of internet and telephone enquiries

Help to shape the council’s customer enquiries service

A consultation has been launched by the Isle of Wight Council on proposals to encourage residents to make greater use of internet and telephone enquiries.

27 May 2015
To date, 60 cabinets have gone live around the Island

Isle of Wight rural fibre broadband project hits 12,000 premises milestone

More than 12,000 homes and businesses in mainly rural areas of the Isle of Wight now have access to faster broadband speeds as a result of the Island’s rural broadband project. And new fibre broadband cabinets are continuing to be installed in locations across the Island.

27 May 2015

What to expect during the Highways PFI

If residents want better roads then they will need to get used to increased disruption under the Highways Private Finance Initiative (PFI).

27 May 2015
The new Red Jet 6, which will be buit on the Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Council welcomes Red Funnel jobs boost

The Isle of Wight Council has welcomed Red Funnel's announcement that its newest Red Jet is to be built on the Isle of Wight, creating 40 to 50 skilled jobs in East Cowes.

27 May 2015
Former chairman Councillor Ian Ward (left) with new Isle of Wight Council chairman, Councillor Charkes Chapman (right)

New council chairman reveals chosen charity

The new chairman of the Isle of Wight Council has announced his chosen charity for the coming year.

27 May 2015
My Life A Full Life

Find out about future plans for health, social care and wellbeing on the Island

Residents, town and parish councils, businesses, care professionals and charitable organisations are invited to attend a special event about the vision and ambitions for the future of health, social care and wellbeing on the Island.

26 May 2015
The register office will be available at County Hall for most of June.

Temporary move for register office during festval

The Isle of Wight Council's register office will temporarily move to County Hall in Newport during June's Isle of Wight Festival.

26 May 2015
A before and after image of part of the route that has been improved.

Quarr Road path works completed

The Isle of Wight Council has completed the resurfacing of a final section of a shared use path at Quarr Road in Binstead using government funds from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF).

21 May 2015
The offshore wind farm, if approved, will be located to the west of the Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Council welcomes Navitus Bay announcement

The Isle of Wight Council has welcomed the news that MHI Vestas Offshore Wind  (a joint venture between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Vestas) has been named as the preferred supplier of wind turbines for the Navitus Bay offshore windfarm.

19 May 2015
The devastating land slip in 2014

Undercliff work to start in coming weeks

The Isle of Wight Council has today (Tuesday 19 May) confirmed details of work to create vehicular access to properties affected by last year’s landslip along Undercliff Drive, near St Lawrence.

19 May 2015
The conference was attended by over 180 people

First ever Isle of Wight Safeguarding Adults Conference hailed a success

More than 180 people attended the Isle of Wight’s first ever Safeguarding Adults Conference on Friday 15 May 2015.

19 May 2015
Residents should expect road closures and delays while improvement works are carried out

Disruption inevitable during road improvement schemes

Residents of the Isle of Wight are being warned that they will need to get used to increased disruption on the roads while the road network is upgraded under the Highways Private Finance Initiative (PFI).

14 May 2015
New partnership to maximise the benefits of the council's property holdings

Council to enter into private sector partnership to maximise property benefits

The Isle of Wight Council plans to enter into a new private sector investment partnership to maximise the benefits of its property holdings in terms of revenue savings and income and capital value.

13 May 2015
The consultation will take place over two months

Consultation launched on Wightcare charges

A two-month consultation on plans to increase the amount the council charges service users for the Wightcare community alarm and telecare service, has been launched this week.

13 May 2015
The app is accessible on Android smartphones or tablets and iPhones.

New leisure services app launched

Isle of Wight Council leisure centre users can now access a range of information on their smartphones using a newly-launched app.

12 May 2015
Charlotte Beeney's winning flag design

Pupil's winning design for start flag at Pearl Izumi event

An 11 year old pupil from St Mary's Primary School in Ryde will see her design for a start flag waved at this week's Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycling event in the town.

11 May 2015
The Shanklin to Wroxall track was resurfaced in 2014.

Upgraded paths see huge number of users

Figures showing the number of people using shared use paths on the Island are continuing to rise with over 200,000 trips made on three of the most popular routes in the last year alone.

07 May 2015
The event is specifically designed to look at the role of developers and small and medium-sized businesses

Businesses invited to tidal energy conference

Interested small and medium-sized businesses on the Isle of Wight are being invited to attend a conference about the challenges faced by the tidal energy sector.

07 May 2015
Marshcombe Shute will be closed for around three weeks while the works take place.

Marshcombe Shute works to begin this month

The Isle of Wight Council will this week issue an order of works to Island Roads to install safety barriers on the railway bridge at Marshcombe Shute, Yarbridge, Brading.

07 May 2015
Isle of Wight Council

General Election 2015 - parliamentary constituency for the Isle of Wight

Andrew Turner has been elected as MP for the Isle of Wight.

06 May 2015
The before and after showing the works that have taken place at the steps.

Part of cycle route upgraded

Part of the Isle of Wight’s Red Squirrel Trail, a cycle route that runs through numerous towns, has been upgraded in Shanklin.

01 May 2015
Thompson House is now part of the Island Learning Centre in Lake

Thompson House given 'good' Ofsted report

Thompson House Tuition Centre, which is now part of the Island Learning Centre, has been given a 'good' rating by Ofsted in its latest inspection.

30 Apr 2015
There are dozens to walks to choose from

Walking festival to launch this weekend with popular new event

A new event, which will see in the official start of the 17th annual Isle of Wight Walking Festival, has already attracted more than 60 teams.

29 Apr 2015
The clocks have a visual coloured display to make it easy to see time elapsing

Special clocks aim to help people with additional needs in leisure centres

The Isle of Wight Council's leisure centres have brought in new equipment to help young people and adults with autism and Asperger’s understand time perception.

28 Apr 2015 Last updated at 09:00
The flag will be used to start the professional races at the Pearl Izumi Tour in May

Schools compete to design Pearl Izumi flag

Primary schools on the Isle of Wight have been invited to design a key piece of equipment that will be used to begin races at the upcoming Pearl Izumi cycling tour series.

27 Apr 2015
 A temorary bridge could replace the existing footbridge at the cliff lift ahead of the summer school holidays

Temporary bridge option to be considered for Shanklin cliff lift

The Isle of Wight Council is looking at installing a temporary bridge to enable Shanklin Cliff Lift to open before the summer school holidays in July.

27 Apr 2015
One exercise will involve data gathering to check the status of empty properties

Information gathering exercises on static mobile homes and empty properties

Two special information gathering exercises are being undertaken on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council from this week - to better understand where static mobile homes are being used as main homes, and to ascertain the status of empty properties.

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.