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PLANNING FEES INCREASE BY 20% ACROSS ENGLAND

Those wanting to build or make alterations to buildings on the Isle of Wight will have to fork out 20% more in fees from today (Wednesday) as a result of new government changes. Planning applications submitted from today will be charged at 20% more across England. Those submitted before 17th January and assessed as being valid by the Planning Authority …

ISLAND ROADS HELPS OUT AT HUNNYHILL

Island Roads has helped Hunnyhill Primary School create a new construction area designed to encourage pupils to build their skills. The school has developed a special construction zone as part of work to help early years pupils develop their personal, emotional and social skills. Island Roads operatives attended the Newport school recently to hand over equipment including ‘men at work’ …

TAX-FREE CHILDCARE OPENS TO ISLAND CHILDREN UNDER 9

Island families are set to benefit from the government’s extension of tax-free childcare, which now includes support for children up to the age of 9. In April 2017 HM Revenue and Customs started rolling out Tax-Free Childcare, which helps working parents with the cost of childcare with up to £2,000 of support per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled …

VISIT ISLE OF WIGHT TO BRING ‘WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT’ TO THE ISLAND

A landmark deal has been signed between Bear Hunt Films and Visit Isle of Wight which will bring ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ to life in 2018 on the Island. The year-long agreement will see a series of specially themed weekends designed to attract new family visitors to the Island as part of Visit Isle of Wight’s biggest marketing …

SEELY SPEAKS UP IN PARLIAMENT ABOUT FUTURE OF RADAR DEFENCE

MP Bob Seely has told Parliament he will meet with a defence minister soon to discuss a new radar technology demonstrator at BAE Systems’ facility in Cowes. Speaking the Commons during a defence debate, Bob said the Government must look more closely at procurement and look to buy from abroad, but also develop world-class kit over the next 50 years. …

BIRD KEEPERS ENCOURAGED TO INCREASE BIOSECURITY FOLLOWING BIRD FLU OUTBREAK

Keepers of birds across the Isle of Wight are being encouraged to apply extra biosecurity following a confirmed outbreak of Bird Flu in Dorset. On Friday (12th January) DEFRA confirmed the finding of Avian Influenza H5N6 in 17 wild birds in South Dorset – the first time Bird Flu has been found this winter. An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone has been established …

RECORD NUMBER OF PROSECUTIONS FOR HATE CRIME IN THE WESSEX REGION

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) area of Wessex has the highest conviction rates in the country for hate crime prosecutions, with 90.1% of prosecuted cases in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Dorset and Wiltshire resulting in a conviction.  Hate crime is when someone is targeted because of their actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability. It …

JAZZ-FUNK BAND SHAKATAK ADDED TO JACK UP THE 80s LINE UP

Shakatak are playing their first ever Isle of Wight gig this Summer in an afternoon slot at Jack Up The 80s. Along with their highly successful recording career, Shakatak are regarded as a vibrant and entertaining live act, combining astute musicianship with a sense of fun that communicates with audiences worldwide. The 4 original band members are said to be …

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