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FLOOD ALERT ISSUED FOR THE ISLE OF WIGHT COAST

UPDATED: A flood alert has been issued for the Isle of Wight coast, as more stormy weather heads our way. At high tide tonight, at around 21:30, water levels will be marginally higher than observed on a more typical high spring tide. Minor spray overtopping of the sea defences will occur in low lying locations which will affect seafront roads …

EARLY HOURS SHOUT FOR BEMBRIDGE LIFEBOAT IN STORMY FORCE 7

Bembridge RNLI lifeboat launched into the darkness of night and Force 7 winds at just gone midnight this morning (New Years Eve). The Tamar-class All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) and her volunteer crew were tasked to assist a 56-year-old crew member with a suspected dislocated shoulder onboard the 87m coaster ‘KOSSAU’, located some 18 nautical miles east of Bembridge. Conditions were …

STEAM NOT SMOKE TO BLAME FOR FALSE ALARM

Firefighters have ruled out the possibility of a fire at St Mary’s Hospital this lunchtime (Saturday). Steam venting from the building which houses the Decontamination and Sterilisation Unit was mistaken for smoke, prompting a call to the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service. 2 appliances and an aerial ladder platform were mobilised to the scene and some staff were …

ISLANDERS NAMED IN NEW YEAR’S HONOURS LIST

6 Islanders have been recognised for their varying contributions to the local community and society as a whole in this year’s New Year Honours list, with MBEs and BEMs to be awarded. Mr John Bernard Roger Matthews, 69 of Shanklin, is to receive an MBE for services to Dentistry. Mr Matthews is said to have made significant and noteworthy contributions …

MORRISONS SUBMIT APPLICATION FOR EXPANSION OF LAKE STORE

Morrisons, the UK’s fourth largest supermarket chain, has submitted a planning application to the Isle of Wight Council for the expansion of it’s Lake store near Sandown. Permission is being sought for the erection of a front and side extension to the existing foodstore, reconfiguration of car parking facilities with the loss of 5 spaces and the development of new …

FLOATING BRIDGE SAGA REPORT RELEASED BY COUNCIL

A much-awaited review report into the design, build and delivery of the new Cowes Floating Bridge has been published in preparation for the Isle of Wight Council’s Scrutiny Committee meeting on 9th January 2018 – but a number of technical design issues have not been detailed in the report for ‘legal reasons’. The report – commissioned and presented by Council leader, …

RED FUNNEL CANCELLATIONS DUE TO TECHNICAL ISSUE

UPDATED: A technical issue on one of Red Funnel’s car ferries has resulted in a number of cancellations being made. Earlier this morning the 09:45 East Cowes to Southampton sailing was cancelled due to a ‘technical issue’, with the 10:30 then running some 90 minutes behind timetable. The cross-Solent operator has now announced that the following sailings have all been pulled …

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