Latest Council News

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.

03 Jun 2015
Festival traffic map 2015

Key Isle of Wight Festival traffic information

The Isle of Wight Council, Island Roads and Hampshire Constabulary are once again working closely with the organisers of this year’s Isle of Wight Festival to ensure traffic flows smoothly and disruption is minimised before, during and following the world-famous music event.

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
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).

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.

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.