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HALL SET TO BE SOLD… AGAIN

THE Isle of Wight Council is set to sell St James’s Hall, East Cowes again this year for £120,000, it has been revealed. Following the sudden fall-through of a proposed sale in May 2011, the Council received planning permission for a residential property on the site in November of last year, however it has now been decided to put the …

BENEFIT CHEATS CON ALMOST £400,000

BENEFIT cheats on the Island have conned almost £400,000 from the Isle of Wight Council during the last financial year, it has been revealed. The Benefit Fraud Team received over 550 tip-offs during 2011-2012, which has resulted in 350 formal investigations. A total of 47 people have been ordered to pay over £20,000 after being caught out by the system. …

THREE SCHOOLS GIVEN ARTS AWARD RECOGNITION.

Three primary schools on the Isle of Wight have been given a national award for the range of arts they offer to students. Lanesend, Newchurch and Barton primary schools have all been handed ‘Artsmark Gold’ awards, which is a scheme run by the Arts Council. Artsmark is described as a ‘national programme that enables schools to evaluate, celebrate and strengthen …

DISABLED CHILDREN OFFERED PLAY SESSIONS AT NEWPORT VENUE.

The Isle of Wight Council is working with a Newport based soft play venue to offer disabled children private play sessions. They are being provided at the JR Zone under the government’s Short Breaks scheme. Short breaks are designed to support children with disabilities to participate in activities. The private session will be held between 6pm and 8pm every other …

SCREWFIX LAUNCH ON THE ISLAND

NATIONAL chain Screwfix have launched their first Isle of Wight branch today. The store, which has opened up at 18 Manner’s View on Dodnor Industrial Estate, Newport, welcomed hundreds of residents through their doors after a chain-cutting ceremony at 10:00 this morning. Screwfix’s Isle of Wight store manager, Kevin Smith said: “Tradesmen and local DIY-er’s of the Island will now have much …

FLY OVER TO PAULTON’S PARK WITH HOVERTRAVEL

HOVERTRAVEL, the fastest way to cross the Solent, has teamed up with Paulton’s Family Theme Park, making it even easier for families to enjoy a fun day out. Paulton’s Park, home to the most famous TV pig in the country: Peppa Pig  and her Peppa Pig World, is offering 20% discount on your Hovertravel ticket when purchasing a Paulton’s Park …

PERMISSION GRANTED FOR NEWPORT RESTAURANT

PERMISSION has been granted for a new restaurant in Newport’s Town Centre this week. Council officials met yesterday lunchtime to discuss an application for Read’s Restaurant, which is planning to open in Holyrood Street, Newport this September. A tour of the proposed site was delivered to the Isle of Wight Council’s planning committee, licencing department and environmental health department, as …

LOAN SCHEME LAUNCHED FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

ENTREPRENEURIAL young Islanders are encouraged to take part in a new StartUp loan scheme, launched yesterday by the Government. Ministers announced yesterday that the £82.5m loan scheme, designed to encourage young people to start up  their own business, is a key plank in the UK’s recovery. It is hoped that this StartUp Loans scheme will foster a more entrepreneurial culture …

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