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MAJOR PROJECT TO REPAIR LAKE WALL

Island Roads is to begin a major scheme to repair the retaining wall at Lake Hill later this month. The project to re-render sections of the wall between Brownlow Road and Ranelagh Road is currently due to begin on 30th October and last 4 weeks. To minimise disruption, the project has been scheduled for late in the year and the …

ISLAND’S MP COMMENTS ON GURIT JOB LOSSES

The Island’s MP, Bob Seely, has said that it is ‘very sad news’ that up to 70 jobs are to be lost at Gurit in Newport. It was initially thought that the Newport-based factory would be unaffected by the news that ‘prepreg’ production is to be moved to Spain. However, it has been confirmed that 70 jobs are to be …

ISLE OF WIGHT OPENS NEW MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY SAFE HAVEN

The first Isle of Wight Community Safe Haven service has been launched in Newport this week. The service, which will initially run as a 1-year pilot, has been developed in response to community feedback as part of the work to look at redesigning health and care services last year under the My Life a Full Life new care model. People …

CONTACT CENTRE WAITING TIMES REDUCED

Residents are now waiting only a short time when phoning the Isle of Wight Council after extra funding was ploughed into its contact centre at Westridge. The improvements mean people should speak to someone in 2 minutes on average by December with the operation already close to that target, a report to councillors has said. £100,000 was earmarked to bolster …

COWES ROAD SET FOR MAJOR IMPROVEMENT WORK

2 sections of the main road serving Cowes are set to be upgraded in the coming weeks. Island Roads is due to resurface Newport Road between its junction with Nodes Road and Three Gates roundabout in a scheme due to run over 5 weekday nights between 18th-24th October. To reduce disruption, the work is being undertaken at night from 19:30 …

ISLAND ROADS ASSIST NORTHWOOD CEMETERY PROJECT

Island Roads staff have been helping volunteers put the final touches to the major project to restore and maintain Northwood Cemetery. Next month the Friends of Northwood Cemetery in Cowes will host a ceremony to mark the completion of their project that has included the complete refurbishment of 2 chapels, 1 of which has been converted into a heritage resource …

ACTIVE TRAVEL INNOVATION GRANT WINNERS ANNOUNCED

3 Island businesses are celebrating after securing sustainable transport funding from the Isle of Wight Council. The funding awards follow the launch of the Active Travel Innovation Grant Fund in July 2017, when the council put out the call for organisations and businesses to submit applications for funding to deliver innovative active travel projects. The successful applicants will introduce a …

ISLAND GIRL TO STAR ON SKY 1’S SING: ULTIMATE A CAPELLA

Former Sandown High School student and Shanklin resident, Lindsey Bonnick, is to star on Sky 1’s brand new show ‘Sing: Ultimate A Cappella’ later this month. Since leaving school Lindsey, 32, has explored several music ventures both on and off the Island, but in more recent times she has formed a vocal harmony trio called ‘Timeless’. Now, alongside her 2 …

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