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COVID19 - Latest News...

Mobile Testing Station to be set up for Key Workers on the Isle of Wight

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Mobile testing station

Army Arrive on Isle of Wight to help with reconfiguration of St.Mary's Hospital

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Army arrive on the Island to help the NHS prepare for COVID-19

Stay 'Fire Safe' during the Pandemic, is the message from the Fire Brigade

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The Isle of Wight Council are reminding Residents that using Public Play Areas during the Pandemic is not an option at the moment

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 The Isle of Wight Council Is Finalising their preparations for the distribution of Business Support Grants (02.04.20)

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As a reminder the Government’s scheme provides:

  • Small business grant funding of £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief.
  • Grant funding for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value up to and including £15,000 of £10,000, or grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,001 and £50,999.

Vic’s Stores have adjusted their opening hours :

Vic's stores have confirmed that they are still open for business, including deliveries (call 01983 612203 on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10-12 for more information and to place a delivery order) but they are changing their opening hours to 6am - 6pm every day to keep staff safe and allow stock to be replenished. - updated 27.03.20

Latest Parish Magazine Now Available: 

The latest edition of the St.Helen’s and Seaview Parish Magazine – which features the list of useful Community COVID19 information previously posted through each resident’s door - has been published and is being delivered to subscribers over the weekend by community volunteers. Free copies will be available on a first come first served basis at the Community Shop and Vic’s over the weekend.


After issues with unattended bonfires, the Isle of Wight Council Leader (Dave Stewart) has urged Islanders to be good neighbours, click on the link below:

Residents urged to be good neighbours during the coronavirus crisis 

The Isle of Wight Council is asking Islanders to be considerate neighbours when lighting garden bonfires which can aggravate lung conditions and cause a nuisance.

Multiple bonfires have been reported by residents across the Island during the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown. 

Earlier this week, firefighters from Freshwater were called to tackle a large bonfire in Yarmouth which had been left unattended.

Afterwards, the crew posted this important message on Twitter: "Please stay home to help save lives and please don't light huge bonfires and leave them unattended because we want to stay home too as much as possible."

The council said it recognised the closure of its household waste recycling centres at Lynnbottom and Afton Marsh was an inconvenience but urged residents to act responsibly.

Should you have excess waste that you must arrange a collection for, please ensure that you use a licensed waste contractor, the council said.

It added that if residents must have a bonfire, then they should:

  • only burn dry material;
  • never burn household rubbish, recycling, rubber tyres, plastic paint or foam;
  • do not burn when the air is damp and still, or when it is too windy (as roads and neighbours may be badly affected);
  • keep fires under control and be mindful of trees, fences and buildings;
  • never use oil, petrol or methylated spirits to light a fire; and
  • never leave a fire unattended, put it out when you leave.

Lynnbottom remains open for business use for essential services. 

New guidance on rubbish collection for coronavirus self-isolating - 23.03.20

The Isle of Wight Council has issued advice for households which have suspected coronavirus (Covid-19) infections for disposing of waste.

The authority has issued new guidance for putting out rubbish to protect people and reduce the risk of speading infection.

When self-isolating with Covid-19 symptoms for seven or 14 days, to protect our recycling and waste collection crews please follow these simple steps:

* Place all personal waste such as used tissues, wipes, kitchen roll and cleaning cloths in to a rubbish bag.

* When full, tie the bag and place in a second and tied securely.

* Keep this waste separate from other waste in the room/household in which you are self-isolating.

* Please keep aside inside your property for at least 72 hours (three days) before putting out for collection.

Other recycling and waste can be disposed of as normal.

Lynnbottom and Afton Marsh household recycling centres are open. Please remember to practice social distancing while disposing of your recycling and waste.

For more further information and service updates, visit our webpages at www.iwight.com/waste 

Breaking News From the Isle of Wight Council - 21.03.20

Bus pass support extended to allow older travellers to shop before 9.30am

The Isle of Wight Council is extending its support for elderly people during the COVID-19 crisis.

From next Monday 23 March bus passes for Island bus users who are over 65 will be valid before 9.30am, to help older travellers access supermarkets which have made available early shopping time slots for elderly people.

Councillor Ian Ward, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure & Transport said: “The Isle of Wight Council is extremely pleased to have reached agreement with our transport and health partners to extend our support for those residents with bus passes.

This will allow them to access the offer from retailers to use their shops early in the morning.”

New helpline to support vulnerable Islanders launched

A new helpline number is now available to support the Island’s most vulnerable residents affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) self-isolation measures.

People who do not have a local network of friends or family to support them while they are self-isolating or social distancing can call (01983) 823600 (seven days a week, 9am-5pm).

The helpline has been put in place by the Isle of Wight Council in partnership with the Island’s voluntary networks, including Community Action Isle of Wight, Citizens Advice Isle of Wight and Age UK Isle of Wight, to support those who meet the coronavirus ‘vulnerable’ criteria.
Mike Bulpitt, from Community Action Isle of Wight, said: “We are working together to make it as simple and easy for people who need help and support to get hold of someone who can help.

“Initially we want to make sure that people have access to groceries and medications to keep them safe and supported during this uncertain time.

“We have a large network of caring volunteers between us and many more people have shown an interest in volunteering to help those in need over the past couple of weeks.

“Thanks to everyone who has come forward to offer help – including those who responded to the Isle of Wight Coronavirus Community Help group on Facebook, who we are working alongside.”

The partnership is trying to keep in contact with those it knows are high risk to make sure they are safe, healthy and supported — and where necessary, offering this help. Please note that none of the partnership will ever ask you for bank or other financial details.

Jo Dare, from Isle of Wight Age UK, said: “Working together means that those most in need of help can be supported in the right way and at the right time.”

Council leader, Dave Stewart, said: “The coronavirus is a national emergency which means we must all pull together to help those in need.
“If you need help because of self-isolation, please get in touch. Or, if you are healthy and able to help by volunteering, please get in touch as well by emailing volunteer@actioniw.org.uk.”