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NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN FOR GURNARD

The Gurnard Neighbourhood Plan has been ‘made’, following overwhelming support for the proposal at a local referendum on 7 September – with 88.43 (390 people) per cent voting in favour of the plan. Local residents were asked to support the plan, which will now be the first point of reference for planning officers determining applications within the parish of Gurnard. The plan identified …

COUNCIL TURNING THE PLASTIC TIDE WITH TERRACYCLE

The Isle of Wight Council is working with volunteers and recycling company, TerraCycle, to recycle rigid plastic from Island beaches. Thanks to an innovative project, the waste collected from beaches on the Island is now being given a second life in the form of shampoo bottles made from up to 25% recycled beach plastic; as well as recycled benches, waste bins …

MP WELCOMES FINANCIAL BOOST FOR ST MARY’S HOSPITAL

Island MP Bob Seely has welcomed more than £700,000 in extra government money to help St Mary’s Accident and Emergency department cope with winter pressures. The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has received £714,401 from the Government’s £100million A&E capital fund to support the flow of patients through the department, as previously reported by Island Echo. The money will enable hospital …

SPINLOCK PRESENTED WITH QUEEN’S AWARD BY LORD-LIEUTENANT

Spinlock, designers and manufacturers of rope holding equipment and personal safety products for leisure and commercial water users, have been presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation at their production facility on the Isle of Wight. The Cowes-based business, founded in 1968, were announced as winners of the coveted award in April 2017 and the Isle of Wight’s Lord-Lieutenant …

WIGHT SHIPYARD BOSS BUYS STAKE IN AMC

Peter Morton of Wight Shipyard Co Ltd has bought a stake in Aluminium Marine Consultants (AMC) and takes his place on the board, securing the Isle of Wight boat build business well into the future. Wight Shipyard Co (WSC) is one of Europe’s leading high-speed craft and aluminium builders. It specialises in High Speed Ferries, while its sister company Southampton …

YOUTH TRUST REAFFIRMS POSITION FOLLOWING TRANSGENDER ROW

In light of the recent news that an Island couple have pulled their 6-year-old child out of school due to a boy presenting as a girl, the Isle of Wight Youth Trust has today (Wednesday) reaffirmed their support for young people of all gender identities. Nigel and Sally Rowe of Freshwater have taken their 6-year-old son out of an unnamed …

ISLE OF WIGHT PROPERTY OWNERS CELEBRATE NATIONAL TOURISM AWARD

Property owners on the Isle of Wight have cause for celebration after achieving a record number of national tourism awards. More than 30 properties across the Isle of Wight have achieved the highly coveted Customer Choice Award, which recognise the very best holiday properties across the UK based on customer reviews. Awarded by cottages.com, the UK’s biggest holiday cottage website, …

NEW PROJECT TO REPAIR CARISBROOKE WALL

Work is to begin next month on a major scheme to improve a large section of the distinctive wall that retains the footway along The Mall in Carisbrooke. As part of its ongoing programme to improve and maintain highway bridges and retaining walls across the Island, Island Roads is to work on the 487m long section of wall between Cedar …

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