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MP SPEAKS OUT OVER UNIVERSAL CREDIT ROLL OUT ON THE ISLAND

MP Bob Seely has this week said people who will claim universal credit when it is rolled out across the Island need to know they can claim money in advance to help with a transition period whilst the new system is introduced. The Universal Credits system will be widespread on the Isle of Wight from next spring. Bob has said …

GUN SHOTS AND SPOTLIGHTS LEAD TO POLICE ENQUIRIES

Over the past month Police have been investigating numerous reports of suspicious incidents across the Island, including reports of gun shots being heard and spotlights being seen.  The Countrywatch team have been monitoring the situation and investigating accordingly, with patrols stepped up in several areas. In Yarmouth, a male was reported as acting suspiciously close to a farm; when challenged …

BYWAYS CLOSED FOR THE WINTER

The Isle of Wight Council’s Rights of Way team have now closed the Island’s Byways to motor vehicles for the winter season. The closures, which began earlier than in 2016 on Monday 2nd October, are aimed at through traffic and leisure vehicle use, which is normally 4×4’s or off road motorcycles. The reason for closures is that during the winter and wet …

NINE ACRES RATED AS GOOD BY OFSTED

The everyday work of the pupils, staff and Governors at Nine Acres Primary School in Newport has been recognised in the school’s most recent Ofsted inspection. Not only has the school been given an overall judgement of Good by inspectors, but the provision in Early Years has been graded as Outstanding. This is a great outcome for a school that …

FLY TIPPERS GIVEN WRITTEN WARNINGS FOR CARISBROOKE DUMPING

A joint investigation between Hampshire Constabulary and the Isle of Wight Council has led to a number of builders receiving formal written warnings for fly tipping. Last month a report was received by the Yarmouth-based Country Watch Team of unsightly fly tipping in the Carisbrooke area. After inspecting the rubbish, wrapping with several names on it was identified by a …

ISLAND RESIDENTS URGED TO TAKE PART IN VITAL HEALTH SURVEY

National charity Action on Hearing Loss is inviting residents on the Isle of Wight with deafness and hearing loss to take part in some vital research on access to healthcare. The survey will form a significant part of the research for an upcoming report on how accessible GP surgeries and other NHS services are. A previous report released by the …

ROGUE GARDENER GIVEN 18 WEEK PRISON SENTENCE

Rogue landscape gardener Henry Smith has been sentenced to 18 weeks in prison for fraud after targeting 2 elderly and vulnerable people on the Isle of Wight. The successful prosecution by Isle of Wight Council trading standards team has led to a reminder being issued on how to avoid being targeted by rogue traders. Mr Smith arrived from the mainland …

4 ON THE ROAD TO AN ENGINEERING CAREER

4 young Island men are on the path to a career in highway construction thanks to Island Roads. The 4 have become the latest to be enrolled as Island Roads apprentices which means that over the next 2 years they will train towards a national qualification in highway construction and if successful be offered a full-time role with the Highways …

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