Isle of Wight Festival Latest News


festival2013charliethomasThe Isle of Wight Council is giving residents an opportunity to directly ask questions to key organisations about arrangements for residents during the Isle of Wight Festival.

Between 18:00-19:00 tonight (Monday), council officers will be joined by officers from Island Roads, Hampshire Police and Solo, and will respond live to questions posted on the council’s Facebook page. The Facebook page can be found by going to

The council has hosted similar Q/A sessions on its Facebook page in the past on the Highways PFI and the changes to household waste collections, each time attracting hundreds of postings.

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Stuart Love, the council’s director for economy and environment said:

“The Isle of Wight Festival is one of the UK’s largest festivals and it does mean there are around a week of changes to the local infrastructure before, during and after the event. This can be anything from changes to the local road network to access to services.

“Robust plans have also been developed to help prevent significant disruption to the highways network from the event.

“I am sure many residents will have lots of questions and the council along with its partners at Hampshire Police, Island Roads and also Solo are very keen to give people a direct opportunity to ask us about the arrangements for this year’s event. “Social media is a very useful tool to enable us to do this as it means people can question us from their own homes rather than coming to a public meeting with limited capacity. We are also holding it outside of usual work hours so as many people as possible can log on.”

Information for residents during the festival period, including public transport and access to downloadable maps, is available on the council’s website. Simply log on

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