Latest Council News

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.

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

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
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).

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.

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.

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

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.

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
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.

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.

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.