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EXPERIMENTAL 7.5T VEHICLE WEIGHT RESTRICTION FOR NEWCHURCH

Residents living in the rural village of Newchurch are set to experience less heavy traffic passing their doors as Island Roads are to introduce a 7.5 tonne weight restriction from 3rd November. The experimental traffic order will initially run for a period of 18 months and will see any vehicles over 7.5 tonne in weight prohibited from travelling through Newchurch …

ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL 2018 TICKETS TO GO ON SALE SOON

Tickets for next year’s much-anticipated Isle of Wight Festival are due to go on sale ‘very soon’ following a series of award nominations over the last few months. It will probably come as no surprise that the festival has been nominated for ‘Best Family Festival’ and ‘Best Major Festival’ in the UK Festival Awards 2017. The shortlist will be revealed …

NEW REPORT URGES GOVERNMENT TO SECURE SURVIVAL OF OUR SEAS

A reported published by The Wildlife Trusts today (Wednesday) identifies the 5 unprecedented challenges for our seas that must be addressed before the UK leaves the European Union. Beyond maintaining the current levels of protections afforded by European regulations, the Government has a unique opportunity to set out a clear and ambitious plan to tackle these issues, which collectively threaten …

BOB WELCOMES GOVERNMENT’S HOUSE BUYING CONSULTATION

Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely has welcomed a government consultation seeking views on how to make buying and selling houses cheaper, faster and less stressful. Communities secretary Sajid Javid wants to hear from estate agents, mortgage lenders, organisations and solicitors to share their experiences of the housing market and what can be improved. The ‘call for evidence’ is aiming …

CELEBRATION AS STEAM RAILWAY’S IVATT LOCOMOTIVE RETURNS

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway has welcomed back one of its iconic Ivatt locomotives. Ivatt Class 2 2-6-2T No.41313 crossed the Solent on board the 15:00 Wightlink sailing from Portsmouth to Fishbourne yesterday (Tuesday). Between 2006 and 2008 3 Ivatt locomotives 41298, 41313 and 46447 were relocated to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway by the Ivatt Locomotive Trust. …

ISLE OF WIGHT ZOO’S SIMI RECOVERS WELL FROM KEYHOLE SURGERY

Simi, the 11-year-old Indian/Siberian hybrid tiger, is recovering well from a pioneering laparoscopic surgery carried out at the Isle of Wight Zoo. Dan Forster of The Mobile Vet was approached to spay Simi, who was rescued from a travelling circus in Germany 4 years ago, when Simi had raised concerns with zoo vet Matt after she began exhibiting unpredictable behavior, …

COUNCILLOR ENCOURAGES FURTHER STUDY FOLLOWING COURSE SUCCESS

An Isle of Wight Councillor who gave up a position in the Cabinet earlier this year to complete the final stages of a postgraduate course has passed with ‘merit’. Councillor Chris Whitehouse (Conservative, Newport West Ward) stood down as Lead Member for Children’s Services to enable him to write his 15,000 word dissertation as the final stage of his study …

SIR RICHARD BRANSON BACKS GROUND-BREAKING ISLE OF WIGHT DIGITAL CONFERENCE

A ground-breaking Digital Solent Conference – endorsed by Sir Richard Branson – is taking place next month to help promote the Isle of Wight as a high-tech business destination. The Isle of Wight Council-organised event on 8th November is hosting a full line up of internationally renowned digital economy experts from the United States and UK, including Andy Stanford-Clark from …

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