Latest Council News

03 Aug 2015
The Bronze Age knife (right) is thought to be over 2000 years old

Holidaying couple discover 3000 year old artefact on beach

A couple on holiday on the Isle of Wight have made a discovery of an historic artefact thought to be thousands of years old.

31 Jul 2015
My Life A Full Life to benefit from additional funding

Island welcomes new funding for new model of care

My Life a Full Life to be developed faster and further

NHS England and its Five Year Forward View partners have announced that the Island’s ‘My Life a Full Life’ initiative to promote the health and wellbeing of the Island population and to develop integrated care, focused on the needs of the person, is to receive a share of £41m new funding this year.  This is to implement the programme at a scale and pace that would not otherwise be possible with current resources.

31 Jul 2015
Flooding at Morton Common Road in 2013

Exercise tests voluntary group plans in flooding emergency

An exercise to test multi-agency response plans to significant flooding was recently held by voluntary sector organisations on the Island.

29 Jul 2015
Works have recently been completed to install the temporary bridge

Shanklin cliff lift now open

Shanklin cliff lift opened from 9am on Thursday 30 July after a required health and safety inspection was completed.

28 Jul 2015
The cliff lift inspection will now take place on Wednesday 29 July

Shanklin cliff lift update

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the planned health and safety inspection at Shanklin cliff lift scheduled to take place today, will now be held tomorrow (Wednesday 29 July) instead.

28 Jul 2015
The Fun Day was moved indoors due to the rain, but that didn't stop organisations such as Wight Falconry taking part

Short Breaks Fun Day a success

Mark King from Level 42 launched the festivities at the annual Short Breaks Fun Day held at Medina Leisure Centre, Newport on Friday 24 July.

24 Jul 2015
Works in progress at Shanklin cliff lift

Shanklin cliff lift reopening rescheduled

The reopening of Shanklin cliff lift, which had been scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday 25 July), has been put back for final health and safety approval.

23 Jul 2015 Last updated at 10:00
The Island Learning Centre will move to the former Hunnyhill Primary School site, Albany Road, Newport.

Future of the Island Learning Centre

Following the fire at the Island Learning Centre on 17 July 2015, Isle of Wight Council teams, together with colleagues from Hampshire and the Island Learning Centre have agreed an, initially, short-term solution for relocation of the school to ensure that operations can continue in the Autumn term. From September, the school will be located at the former Hunnyhill Primary School, Albany Road in Newport.

22 Jul 2015
Wootton Bridge has temporary traffic restrictions in place

Majority of road users to remain unaffected by temporary Wootton Bridge restrictions

New temporary restrictions on some heavy goods vehicles using Wootton Bridge are expected to be in place later this week.

22 Jul 2015
The book is available to download online

Anti-bullying book published

An electronic book consisting of poems and illustrations that formed part of the Isle of Wight Anti Bullying Conference has been launched.

22 Jul 2015
All electors who have registered will be able to vote in forthcoming elections

Register of Electors – look out for your annual canvass form

All Island households are being reminded to complete and return their annual Register of Electors canvass form, which is being sent out from this week.

22 Jul 2015
On-call firefighter Anthony Westbrook comforts the public on site at the Island Learning Centre fire of 17 July (credit: UKNIP)

New firefighters needed

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is looking for new ‘on-call’ (retained) firefighters to join its team.

21 Jul 2015
Engineers replaced the old footway with a temporary one this week as part of the scheme to re-open the lift

Shanklin cliff lift update

Repairs to the control system at Shanklin cliff lift have been completed.

20 Jul 2015
Floating bridge charges begin on 27 July

Floating bridge charges to begin on 27 July 2015

Foot and cycle passenger charges on the Cowes floating bridge will now begin on 27 July 2015.

20 Jul 2015
Scam letters are just one of many scams out there that try to trick people into handing over personal details or money

Trading standards to host scams seminar

The Isle of Wight Council's Trading Standards Service is hosting a seminar for residents and businesses on how to spot scams and avoid doorstep crimes.

20 Jul 2015
Workers have completed the installation of the temporary walkway, but the delay has been caused by a technical fault with the lift controls

Cliff lift re-opening pushed back

The re-opening of Shanklin cliff lift has been delayed due to a technical fault with the control system.

17 Jul 2015 Last updated at 06:00
The Fire Service has responded to a fire at the Island Learning Centre, Manor Road, Lake

Fire at Island school

A fire was reported at the Island Learning Centre, Manor Road, Lake (on the site of the former Broadlea Primary School) at around midnight on the morning of 17 July 2015.  The fire service has responded and the fire is now under control; the site is being dampened down. 

There are no reported injuries. 

Teams will be on site to assess the scene and secure the site later this morning.

Today is the last day of term.  Pupils and parents are advised not to visit the site today as the Island Learning Centre will be closed. 


17 Jul 2015
The Fire Service has resonded to a fire at the Island Learning Centre, Manor Road, Lake

Island Learning Centre fire incident update

The fire at the Island Learning Centre at Lake is extinguished. Fire investigations have begun to ascertain the cause of the fire; fire and police investigators remain on site as part of the ongoing investigation.

16 Jul 2015
During the last 12 months two-year-old capacity on the Island has increased

More Island toddlers accessing nursery education

The number of two-year-olds accessing Early Years Education Entitlement on the Isle of Wight has increased dramatically. Of those eligible, 71.5 per cent are either attending a nursery provision or childminder setting. This is a significant rise from the previous figure of 40 per cent.

14 Jul 2015
works are progressing well to install a temporary walk way at Shanklin Cliff Lift

Cliff lift works to be completed soon

Construction works to install a temporary footbridge are ongoing at Shanklin cliff lift, with the council remaining hopeful the lift can re-open on 21 July as scheduled.

13 Jul 2015
The results have risen compared to 2014

SATs results show improvement

Early provisional data for Key Stage 2 Standard Assessment Test (SATs) results for 2015 have been released, showing that Isle of Wight schools have greatly improved the standards their pupils attain in reading, writing and mathematics. 

08 Jul 2015
Children are challenged to read numerous books while school is out for the summer

World record attempt during annual Reading Challenge

Children across the Isle of Wight can help break a world record as part of the annual Summer Reading Challenge.

08 Jul 2015
Amey has been awarded the contract following the vote by members of the Executive

Executive members vote to award waste contract

Members of the Isle of Wight Council's Executive Committee have tonight (Wednesday 8 July) voted to award the Island's new 25 year waste contract to the preferred bidder.

07 Jul 2015
The participants take part in an opening ceremony where they parade the name of their adopted island for the day.

Primary School Island Games to take place

Hundreds of children will head to Sandown's Fairway Sports Complex on Saturday (11 July) for the annual Isle of Wight Primary School Island Games.

07 Jul 2015
The plans could save the library service around £280,000

Consultation launched on library service proposals

The Isle of Wight Council has launched a consultation on proposals to change the way it delivers its library service.

07 Jul 2015
The fossil contains teeth from the creature.

First time discovery of fossil on Island

The world’s oldest example of a particular type of giant flying reptile has been found on the Isle of Wight by a fossil enthusiast.

07 Jul 2015
Councillors will discuss the options on Wednesday 8 July

Futher Carisbrooke College option to be considered

Members of the Isle of Wight Council are due to consider and vote on the future provision of 11 to 16 and post-16 school and college places at the Full Council meeting on the evening of Wednesday 8 July.

02 Jul 2015
Alan Jones will be flying to the USA to take part in wildfire fighting operations

Newport firefighter to tackle wildfires during American trip

An Isle of Wight firefighter will be heading to Oregon in the USA in August where he will learn about tackling wildfires as part of an exchange trip.

30 Jun 2015
The charges will apply to passengers from 20 July

Floating Bridge charges to begin in late July

Following a decision of the Full Council in February this year, the Isle of Wight Council will reintroduce passenger charges for the use of Cowes floating bridge on Monday 20 July 2015.

30 Jun 2015
Isle of Wight Council

Statement from the Isle of Wight Council on devolution of power reports

The council would like to clarify reports in the local media that the Isle of Wight Council is considering being part of a Hampshire-wide council governing Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Southampton and local districts.

26 Jun 2015
The seawall was pushed out several metres when the landslip happened in December 2012 (photo Solent Coastguard)

Totland seawall works to begin

Works to reinstate public access past a damaged section of Totland seawall are due to start over the next fortnight.

25 Jun 2015
The grants are helping to ecnourage pupils to use bicycles, walk or scoot to school instead of getting lifts in cars.

Funding helps pupils get active on way to school

More children are being encouraged to use active travel to get to and from school as part of a new scheme.

24 Jun 2015
The cheque presentation took place after the Armed Forces Day flag was raised in Newport

Grant to help veterans share stories

A grant of £7000 has been given to an Isle of Wight organisation to help armed forces veterans visit local schools and care homes and share their stories as part of a project called 'afterWARds'.

24 Jun 2015
The new contract is designed to increase recycling on the Island

Preferred bidder selected for long-term waste contract for the Isle of Wight

AmeyCespa has been selected as the preferred bidder for the contract to deliver waste collection and treatment services for the Isle of Wight for the next 25 years, starting in November this year.

23 Jun 2015
A section of Undercliff Drive following the landslip in February 2014

Construction programme issued for Undercliff Drive works

Preparatory steps are to begin this week for a new scheme to restore access to Undercliff Drive, St Lawrence.

22 Jun 2015
Working practices are changing in planning services

Council to phase in changes to working practices in planning

The Isle of Wight Council's planning service is to bring in a number of changes to the way it works, aimed at improving efficiency, bringing it in line with modern work practices and reducing costs.

19 Jun 2015
Children will board the train and wave goodbye as part of the experience

Wartime evacuation experience for pupils

Children from 12 Isle of Wight schools will discover what it was like to be evacuated during the Second World War.

19 Jun 2015
A flag will be raised in St Thomas' Square during the ceremony

Armed Forces Day to be marked in Newport

Veterans and local dignitaries will gather in St Thomas’ Square, Newport at 11am on Monday 22 June for the annual Armed Forces Day flag raising ceremony.

17 Jun 2015
Works are underway to install a temporary footway to the bridge and the cliff edge

Shanklin cliff lift works begin

Works are progressing to secure the installation of a temporary bridge that will allow Shanklin's cliff lift to open in time for the main summer season.

17 Jun 2015
The play has been well received by school pupils

School pupils learn how to be a safe road user from students

Primary school pupils are learning how to be a safe road user thanks to a play by students from the Isle of Wight College.

16 Jun 2015
Governors play a key role in local education

Can you be a school governor?

The Isle of Wight Council is working with a national charity to recruit school governors from professional and business backgrounds.

15 Jun 2015
Janet Cutts is looking forward to visiting the Island with her family

Isle of Wight family holiday for lucky competition winner

A woman from Enfield in Middlesex is celebrating after winning a national competition to win a trip to the Isle of Wight for a family of four.

15 Jun 2015
The ceremony took place at Carisbrooke Castle

Citizenship ceremony marks sealing of the Magna Carta anniversary

A special citizenship ceremony has been held at Carisbrooke Castle for five local residents as part of celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.

09 Jun 2015
Nicky (centre left) is pictured receiving her award at the SS Great Britain in Bristol

Adult learner celebrates medal win

An adult learner from the Isle of Wight has been recognised for her exceptional work and commitment by qualifications body, City and Guilds.

08 Jun 2015
Anyone who wants to ask questions about fostering can find lots of information at the drop-in session

Chance to find out about fostering

Anyone interested in fostering or adoption is invited to come along to a drop in session being held on Wednesday 10 June.

08 Jun 2015
Darren Steed from the council's emergency planning team (left) with Darrell Griffiths from RAF Odiham viewing a potential landing site in St Helens.

More landing sites identified for major incident helicopter use

More locations on the Isle of Wight have been identified as potential helicopter landing sites which could be used in the event of a major incident.

08 Jun 2015
Swimming lessons are proving popular at council leisure centres

Large increase in children taking part in swimming lessons

A direct debit scheme, no wait for starts and online progress monitoring are being credited for a large increase in the number of children taking part in private swimming lessons at Isle of Wight Council leisure centres.

08 Jun 2015
A poster has been sent to schools outlining the competition

Anti bullying poster competition launched

A poster competition for young people with the message of preventing bullying on school journeys has been launched by the Isle of Wight Council.