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£400,000 funding gap if Hospital parking charges go

PATIENTS and visitors at St Mary’s Hospital are paying more than £400,000 in car parking fees, it has been revealed.

The Isle of Wight NHS Primary Care Trust earns £416,000 annually from the controversial charges, which range from £1.20 for two hours to £6 for 24 hours, with concessions for long-term patients and parents who need to stay with their children. But the days of hospital car parking charges could be numbered, following the publication of a consultation document by the Department of Health. It outlines several options for the future, including the possibility of free car parks. (more…)


January 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

Military Road – act now or lose it

ABANDONING the Military Road is one of the options to be considered by leading lsle of Wight councillors in March. Moving it inland will also be under discussion.

The County Press understands other alternatives are  being drawn up by highway bosses for councillors’ consideration, and no decision will be taken without consultation with bodies such as the AONB Partnership, Department of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Natural England, the National Trust and the Environment Agency. (more…)

January 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

Isle of Wight behind on GCSEs

GCSE students on the Island are still lagging behind their national counterparts.

Figures show 41.6 per cent of Island students achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and maths, compared to 41.3 per cent last year and 50.7 per cent nationally.

Of local education authority-run schools, Carisbrooke High was top performer, with 51 per cent of students reaching the benchmark standard. (more…)

January 14, 2010 at 2:15 pm Leave a comment


BEAUTY spots such as Cheverton and Limerstone downs could become rubbish dumps as the council searches for new landfill sites.

The Island is just five years from filling its landfill sites according to council estimates, leading consultants to suggest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) should be considered for new facilities. Cheverton Down, where campaigners have battled against plans for a wind farm, has been included on a list of six possible sites recommended by consultants Entec. (more…)

December 5, 2009 at 11:28 am Leave a comment


GURNARD Parish Council has objected to plans for a multi-million-pound business park on the outskirts of Cowes, including a branch of German supermarket Aldi.

The scheme is being spearheaded by defence and aerospace company BAE Systems on 5.8 hectares of land it no longer uses on the corner of Newport Road and Three Gates Road, Somerton. The 1,700 square-metre store would be the first Aldi on the Island and would bring with it a significant number of jobs. (more…)

December 5, 2009 at 11:21 am Leave a comment


SOCIAL care staff gathered at County Hall this morning (Tuesday) in a protest over proposed changes to their car allowance scheme.

The changes are set to be implemented by the Isle of Wight Council imminently and some workers have threatened to stop using their cars altogether. About 60 people marched from children’s services to County Hall, where they were joined by Mark Chiverton, Unison branch secretary. (more…)

December 5, 2009 at 11:15 am Leave a comment


Any of you living in a ward represented by these people?

Please do everything you can to remind the electorate of the dangers of block voting

Ivan Bulwer Binstead / Fishbourne

Richard Hollis Parkhurst

Susan Jane Scoccia Ventnor West

Allowance To Triple

David G. Williams Shanklin Central

John Vere Hobart Carisbrooke

Jerry White Lake

David Pugh Needs to go aswell!

We need informed independents, not idiots reading from a pre-determined script so they can sing in unison. Expose them and the damage they’ve done to our school system and our eco island image (the one thing that could resurrect the Island economy long term).

Get them out and watch how this island progresses/regenerates

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