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ISLANDERS BEING ASKED ‘WHAT WIGHT DO YOU WANT?’

Workshops are taking take place across the Island over the next 2 weeks to ask residents what the Isle of Wight should look like in the future as a place to live, work and visit. The 5 events build on the ‘Wight We Want’ survey that took place earlier in the year looking at the key issues affecting people’s quality …

POST OFFICE SERVICES COULD RETURN TO COWES TOWN

Post Office services look set to return to Cowes town centre following successful lobbying from the Island’s MP Bob Seely. Mr Seely met with the company in the Summer to ask them to reconsider their position as the only Post Office counter currently available is inside the Co-Operative at Mill Hill Road, a long, up-hill walk from the town centre. …

EXTRA £25,000 FUNDING FOR RIGHTS OF WAY

The maintenance of the Island’s footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways is benefiting from extra funding for the remainder of the 2017/18 financial year. The Isle of Wight Council has secured an additional £25,000 from developments to help pay for infrastructure and the upkeep of parts of the network. This means that the original £50,000 of capital funding allocated in the …

PREMIER FORD NAMED BEST UK DEALERSHIP TO WORK FOR

Premier Ford in Newport has been named one of the UK’s Best Dealerships To Work For in a new programme launched by Automotive Management, the UK’s leading automotive retail business publication. More than 40 dealerships participated in the inaugural programme with 15 companies honoured as a Best Dealership To Work For. The programme surveyed more than 1,500 employees, making it …

COUNCIL SCRAP FREE CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTION SERVICE

Households across the Isle of Wight will have to pay for their Christmas Tree to be taken away this year – or face lugging it to 1 of 2 household waste and recycling centres (HWRC) on the Island. In the past the Council has offered a free kerbside collection of real Christmas Trees throughout January and into early February. However, …

TEENS SOUGHT IN CONNECTION WITH BEER CAN THROWING INCIDENT

Police are investigating an allegation that a 43-year-old man was verbally abused and had a beer can thrown at him in Newport earlier this month. The incident is said to have occurred on St James’ Street at just before 17:00 on Saturday 4th November. It is said that a group of 6 teens were seen in the area at the …

NEW GUIDE LAUNCHED BY HOSPICE DURING CHILD BEREAVEMENT WEEK

A new guide to support people in talking to children about death and dying is being launched by Earl Mountbatten, as part of national Child Bereavement Week (16th to 22nd November 2017). Thanks to the hospice’s partnership with KissyPuppy, the Sophie Rolf Trust, face-to-face and group support is already provided to children and families experiencing bereavement. The new guide extends …

SECRET LIVES OF OUR LOCAL SEALS REVEALED IN NEW SURVEY

The secrets of the local Solent seal population have been revealed by a new aerial survey by the Wildlife Trust, with the support of Dean & Reddyhoff who run marinas in Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Dorset.  Back in 1994, the first seal survey took place when just 3 harbour seals were recorded. The Wildlife Trust and partners at Chichester …

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