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OCEAN HOTEL SELLS FOR £2.6MILLION

The Ocean Hotel in Sandown has been sold for £2.6million by specialist property advisor, Christie & Co. Having been under family ownership for the past 59 years, the 97-bedroom seafront property which offered fine dining experiences, a heated swimming pool and beautiful landscaped gardens, attracted significant interest and has now been acquired by The Care Home Group Limited. As previously …

MORRISONS LAUNCHES HOME DELIVERY SERVICE ON ISLE OF WIGHT

Shoppers on the Isle of Wight now have a new choice of grocery delivery service as Morrisons launches home delivery on the Island. The supermarket has created 27 new jobs – customer assistants and team leaders – specifically to fulfil the online orders. A new Home Delivery Hub has been built on to the Newport store where customers’ orders will be …

TAXPAYERS URGED TO DO SELF ASSESSMENT ONLINE AND DON’T MISS THE DEADLINE

20 years since HMRC took its first step into the digital age with the birth of electronic Self Assessment (SA), HMRC is reminding its 1.9million SA customers in the South East to complete their online tax return ahead of the 31st January deadline. In 1997, the Inland Revenue introduced an electronic option for tax returns. Agents were sent floppy disks …

POSSIBILITY OF EXPANDING ISLAND LINE NETWORK WELCOMED

The Island’s MP has welcomed the Government’s new rail strategy that will consider reopening previously closed rail routes. Bob Seely has said the strategy could help the case for extending the Island Line from Ryde to Newport and possibly even from Shanklin to Ventnor. Speaking about this week’s news, Bob said: “I am delighted at this announcement. This new rail …

ARIA RESORTS OFFER SUPPORT TO ROOKLEY HOMEOWNERS

Aria Resorts have continued their commitment to support the residents of Rookley Country Park by offering a relocation support package tailored to their needs during the renovation of the park and the surrounding area. Earlier this year homeowners at the holiday park were told they must leave the site to make way for a major redevelopment. Now, new owners Aria …

RSPCA LAUNCHES APPEAL TO HELP ANIMALS FACING NEGLECT THIS FESTIVE SEASON

The RSPCA is braced for 2,000 calls a day this festive season as it launches its Kindness at Christmas Appeal to help care for abused, neglected and sick animals. Some 218 incidents were reported to the RSPCA on the Isle of Wight during December 2016 alone, according to new figures from the animal charity. From poorly, unwanted pets callously dumped …

TOURISM FIGURES DOWN YEAR-ON-YEAR FOR THE ISLE OF WIGHT

There were 3,533 fewer visitors to the Isle of Wight between January and September this year compared to 2016, new figures have shown. Although January to June saw an increase of 43,845 visitors, that figure was diminished by a fall of 47,378 during the Summer months of July to September. The total number of new visitors to the Island increased …

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