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MP CHALLENGES ISLAND INDEPENDENT GROUP OVER FERRY PURCHASE PLANS

The Island’s MP is challenging the Island Independent Group to provide clarity on their recent announcement that if elected they will attempt to buy Red Funnel, currently on the market for a reported £250m.  Andrew Turner said there appears to have been little thought before making the announcement last week, which he described as ‘muddled electioneering’. Speaking today he said: …

LIB DEMS LAUNCH BID FOR SUCCESS IN LOCAL ELECTIONS

The Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats have this week begun their official bid for victory in May’s local elections. Lib Dems launched their 2017 bid outside Newport Library as part of their proposal to help the Island’s education by signing up all new school children with a local Library. The Liberal Democrats argue they will offer a ‘common sense’ council that …

ISLAND ROADS SAYS THANK YOU AS DRAINAGE SCHEME ENDS

Island Roads has thanked Bembridge residents, businesses and the parish council for their support during recent work to improve the highways drainage in the village as part of the Highways PFI contract. Since last autumn, Island Roads has been undertaking a major drainage scheme in Steyne Road and Lane End using local contractor Stoneham Construction. The drainage project has been …

NUMBER OF ANIMAL CRUELTY INVESTIGATIONS INCREASES ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

VIDEO: The number of complaints of animal cruelty investigated by the RSPCA on the Isle of Wight increased by 3.1% in 2016, figures released today (Wednesday) reveal. Last year the RSPCA investigated 330 cases of cruelty across the Island, a rise of 10 from 320 in 2015. Nationally there were 400 allegations of animal cruelty every day last year – a total of 148,604 and …

BUSY YEAR FOR THE ISLAND’S RNLI LIFEBOAT STATIONS

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have issued a plea for people to take more care around the coast and to respect the water, as figures reveal almost 200 people were rescued in the waters surrounding the Isle of Wight in 2016. Volunteer lifeboat crews from 39 lifeboat stations in the South East launched a total of 1,981 times last …

FLOATY MCFLOAT FACE STILL AN OPTION FOR NEW FLOATING BRIDGE NAME

The Leader of the Isle of Wight Council, backed unanimously by his Executive, has today (Wednesday) made it clear that the option of naming the new Cowes Floating Bridge ‘Floaty McFloat Face’ is definitely still an option. As previously reported by Island Echo, the Isle of Wight Council have launched a competition to name the new chain ferry – officially …

MP WELCOMES GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO ISLAND LINE

The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner has said he is pleased that the franchise awarding process of the South Western rail franchise, which includes Island Line, is over.  As reported by Island Echo yesterday (Monday), the Government have announced that a joint venture between First Group and Chinese firm MTR will operate the railway for the next 7 years, until August 2024. …

COUNCILLOR DEMANDS ANSWERS OVER SANDOWN BAY ACADEMY

UPDATED: The Isle of Wight Council’s Lead Member for Children’s Services is demanding answers about funding for Sandown Bay Academy and suggesting the current sponsors, Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), should be replaced. At a recent meeting of the Attainment and Education Support Panel, concerns were expressed about the current performance of the school with weak outcomes in 2016. Concerns about …

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