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2 FIRE STATIONS AND MORE AT RISK UNDER SERVICE PROPOSALS

Bembridge and Yarmouth Fire Stations – the least used on the Island – could close under new proposals to shake up the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, which could also see the loss of a number of specialist appliances. A full review is currently underway to look at how best to fundamentally transform the way the service operates. …

TRACK DEFECT FORCES SUSPENSION OF ISLAND LINE SERVICES

UPDATED: A track defect that requires urgent attention has resulted in the suspension of Island Line train services between Ryde and Shanklin this afternoon (Thursday). Trains are not currently running between Ryde St John’s and Shanklin in either direction, however, trains are running between Ryde Pier Head and Ryde St John’s. The emergency engineering works are expected to continue until …

LUCKY ESCAPE FOR DRIVER AS TREE CRASHES DOWN

A van driver has had a lucky escape after a tree fell onto the carriageway on Brading Downs earlier this afternoon (Thursday). Traffic came to a halt on the road between Brading and Knighton when the tree came crashing down at around 12:20. Island Echo understands a skip lorry clipped the tree, resulting in a large section breaking off. Debris was …

CAR HANGS PRECARIOUSLY OVER SHANKLIN WALL

UPDATED: A car has come to rest in a rather precarious position in Shanklin this morning (Thursday). The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are on scene at Hope Hill, where a Hyundai has shot forward and almost gone over the edge of a high wall leading down to Shanklin Seafront. Island Echo understands nobody was in the vehicle …

STRONG WINDS BRING DOWN TREES AND POWERLINES

Strong winds, which saw gusts of over 70mph recorded at The Needles, resulted in a number of call outs for Island Roads overnight. Contractors were sent out to Shorwell Shute, Shorwell when a fallen tree came down across the carriageway between Shorwell and Bowcombe. A second incident saw yet another tree damaged by the wind, this time in Bembridge. The tree …

PERSON FREED FOLLOWING CRASH AT WOOTTON COMMON

UPDATED: Firefighters have removed a car door to free the driver of a Suzuki following a multi-vehicle collision at Wootton Common this morning (Wednesday). Police, Fire and ambulance crews were called to the scene at the roundabout where Briddlesford Road meets Station Road at just gone 07:30. At least 2 vehicles have been involved in the crash, possibly a third. …

ADVENTUROUS PLANS FOR THE FUTURE OF SANDHAM GARDENS REVEALED

A high ropes sky trail, dino adventure crazy golf course, beach side broadwalk and pop-up entertainment stage are just some of the exciting new things planned for Sandham Gardens in Sandown. The extensive plan to transform the seaside location on the corner of Fort Street and Culver Parade has been revealed today (Tuesday) as a consultation with local residents and businesses …

FIRE CREWS REMOVE PAN FROM LAKE PROPERTY

A kitchen fire has been prevented thanks to working smoke alarms and the quick actions of firefighters from Sandown this afternoon (Tuesday). The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were called to a terraced property on Lea Road at just before 14:30 when smoke alarms alerted the homeowner to a potential fire in the kitchen. The first firefighters on …

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