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DIESEL AND BATTERY TRAINS COULD BE THE SOLUTION FOR ISLAND LINE

South Western Railway have revealed that the Island’s 80-year-old trains could be replaced with a diesel, battery or flywheel powered locomotive, a tram or even a guided bus lane. The train operator, which took over the running of Island Line earlier this year, has stated in a consultation document published this week that the Class 483 former London Underground trains …

CONSERVATIVES ‘DELIVERING FOR THE ISLAND’ SAYS GROUP LEADER

The Conservative Administration at County Hall is already ‘delivering for the Island’ – that is the message from Group Leader Councillor Dave Stewart as the Tories reach their 6-month anniversary this week. The Conservatives took over the running of the Isle of Wight Council from the Independents back in May. Since then the administration has been working towards improving many …

URGENT LAW CHANGE NEEDED TO HELP SMALL FIRMS BE RESILIENT TO TERROR THREAT

The Government must act urgently to change the law to help local economies protect themselves in the face of today’s rapidly evolving terror threat, according to a new report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).    The report, ‘Small business as usual – strengthening resilience against 21st century terrorism’, calls on the Government to release the UK terror cover safety …

FIREARMS SURRENDER CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED BY POLICE

Hampshire Constabulary have launched their Firearms Surrender today (Monday), giving people the chance to hand in any firearms or ammunition which have come into their possession for whatever reason. The surrender runs until Sunday 26th November and is part of national initiative run by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS). It aims to reduce the number of illegally held firearms …

LAKE HILL DESIGNATED A BEE-ROAD IN NEW ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT

Island Roads are busy turning Lake Hill into a Bee-friendly highway. Special ceremic tubes are being incorporated into the retaining wall between Brownlow Road and Ranelagh Road as part of work to repair the structure. These tubes will provide ‘homes’ for the local bee population. The work is the latest Island Roads project to incorporate environmental features as part of …

PARKHURST MACKEREL ‘TOO EXPENSIVE’ SAYS CHILD RAPIST

A prisoner who is serving a 10-year stretch for raping a teenage girl and sexually assaulting another has written a letter to complain about the price of mackerel, olive oil and coffee at HMP Isle of Wight, report the Mirror.co.uk. 26-year-old Adam Marchment is serving his time behind bars at Parkhurst prison in Newport, where he says prisoners are being ‘ripped …

GREEN LIGHT GIVEN TO RENEWAL OF CHILDREN’S SERVICES PARTNERSHIP

The go ahead has been given for the long-term renewal of the Island’s successful children’s services partnership with Hampshire. An extension of the existing 5-year link with Hampshire was approved by the council’s Cabinet on Thursday night. The key partnership has brought major improvements to education and children’s social care on the Island – including in exam results, Ofsted ratings …

ACTION PLAN FOR ISLAND ADULT EDUCATION

An action plan to improve the Isle of Wight Council’s adult education service will be implemented following an Ofsted report that assessed the provider as ‘requires improvement’. Work to boost the management of the service and tackle problems such as low attainment in maths and English and course attendance will now take place as a priority. A new advisory board …

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