Island Libraries to Open up Further as of July 19th

Isle of Wight Council libraries will appear a bit more like their old selves from Monday (19 July).

Opening hours are going to be extended and there will no longer be limits on the number of people who can be in the building at any one time.

Other changes will see the return of comfortable seating in the adult and children’s libraries, study tables will be available and people will be able to read the day’s newspapers.

Computers will be available for free use and Islanders can once again look forward to the start of library events and activities for groups, families and children later in the year.

Councillor Jonathan Bacon, Cabinet lead for libraries, said: “When you visit your local library, please follow a few sensible COVID-19 precautions to keep yourself and other customers safe.

“Sanitise your hands on arrival, zap the NHS Test and Trace app or fill in a very small contact details form, and please continue to wear a face covering for your own safety and the safety of people around you.”

The council is reintroducing the 60p reservation charge on books from 19 July, but is extending the fines amnesty until the autumn.


  •  Revised opening hours of each library are as follows –

Cowes Library – Mon/Tues/Fri, 10am until12.30pm / 1.30pm until5pm, Sat 10am until 4.30pm.

Freshwater Library – Tues/Weds/Fri, 9.30am until 12.30pm / 1.30pm until 4.30pm, Sat 9.30am until 12.30pm.

Lord Louis Library, Newport – Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri, 9am until 5.30pm, Sat 9am until 5pm.

Ryde Library – Mon/Tues/Fri, 9am until 5.30pm, Weds 10.30am until 7pm, Sat 9am until 5pm.

Sandown Library – Tues/Thurs/Fri, 9am until 12.30pm / 1.30pm until 5pm, Sat 9am until 12.30pm / 1.30pm until 4.30pm.

Ventnor Library – Tues/Fri, 9.30am until 12.30pm / 1.30pm until 5pm, Weds 1pm until 6pm, Sat 9.30am until 12.30pm / 1.30pm until 4.30pm.

COVID19 – Guidance Update from “” – 18.06.2021

Delay to stage 4 of the Roadmap

Most of the anticipated easing of restrictions are delayed until 19 July. This is to monitor infections and hospitalisation data and continue the vaccination rollout.

The exceptions are for weddings and funerals, which can still go ahead with more than 30 guests, but social distancing must remain in place. Some pilot events (e.g. Euro 2020; some theatrical performances) will still take place

Read more about the current restrictions on the government website.



It is vital to keep following the rules of hands, face, space and fresh air – this will help keep the Island safe.

If you’re going out, keep a safe distance from people who aren’t friends and family.

Wear a face covering when required or where social distancing is difficult.

Meet outside where possible. Stick to six people or two households when meeting indoors and let fresh air in.

Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.



Vaccinations are now being offered to UK adults age 18 and over. Please book via the NHS UK website or by calling 119.

The government aim by 19 July is:

  • for all UK adults aged 18+ to have been offered their first vaccine.
  • for two thirds of adults to have been offered both doses.

Vaccines have been shown to be effective against all variants. It is important to have both doses for full protection.

It is not too late for older people to get their first dose. Please encourage friends, family and colleagues to get vaccinated.

COVID case and vaccination data

Weekly data is published on Isle of Wight Council’s Facebook page on a Tuesday.
Data published on Tuesday 15 June 2021:


Testing is still vital

If you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms please take a twice weekly rapid response Lateral Flow Test (LFT). Tests are free and can be taken in store or collected from pharmacies. Use your postcode and this map to find your nearest participating pharmacy. Please report test results whether negative or positive.

If you have symptoms you must self-isolate and book a PCR test. The ZOE COVID symptom study suggests that Delta variant symptoms may also include headaches, a sore throat, and a runny nose.



Self-isolation can be very difficult especially if you have financial, work, family or mental health worries. Help is available via the Isle of Wight COVID-19 helpline on 01983 823600 or by emailing [email protected]

If you’re worried about money because you’ve been asked to self-isolate, or you need to look after a child who is self-isolating, financial support is available via the Isle of Wight Council website.

Self-isolation is a legal requirement If you test positive for coronavirus or have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

More online information about self-isolation is available.

Thank you for all you do to #KeepTheIslandSafe

Order and collect service to resume at council libraries from 29th March 2021

Order and collect will resume at Isle of Wight Council libraries from next week.

The service has always been popular but it is now providing the means to safely get more library books into the hands of readers.

From Monday (29 March), residents can order books by emailing their requests to [email protected] or by calling one of the six libraries directly.

You must provide your library card number, a contact telephone number and a description of the item/s you wish to order.

Residents can still request items via the online library catalogue in the usual way. Charges have been suspended for this service while library buildings remain closed.

Rob Jones, library service manager, said: “Once we have received your order we will try our best to get the items you want, whether this be books by a particular author or on a subject or genre.

“When we have selected the items you will receive a telephone call to arrange a mutually convenient time to come and collect them.”

Staff will quarantine returned items as recommended for 72 hours before they are returned to the shelves, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Staff will also be cleaning their hands regularly while selecting items and packing them to ensure customers are protected as much as possible.

Rob added: “Losing yourself in a book is great way of escaping from all the stresses and strains of the present situation. For children, reading is essential for their continuing development and education — and a wonderful way to keep them occupied.

“Order and collect is just the first step on the road to recovery for our libraries and we will monitor and review its success as we look to bring more services back to our libraries over the next few months.

“We look forward to welcoming you back.”

For more details, please ring library headquarters on (01983) 823824 or email: [email protected]

John Harris’ IOW Walks

Are you fed-up with doing the same old walks?

Walking in the Isle of Wight is the website for you!

With hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, contact details for all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.

John said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in the Isle of Wight (part of the Walking in England suite of websites (  – one for each county in England) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’.

With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.

So home or away, check out the websites and get walking!

John Harris

email: [email protected]

Vaccination Transport Support For Those Who Cannot Get To Their Appointments

Vaccination Transport Support For Those Who Cannot Get To Their Appointments

With second vaccination jabs about to start happening for older and less mobile members of our community – the Optio Voluntary Car Service is available Island Wide to help those in need.

If you are aware of anyone struggling and in need of transport to get their appointment, please encourage residents to call the Optio helpline on 01983 522226, where free return transportation will be provided, subject to availability of volunteer drivers.

The Optio telephone line is open from 9.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday

Transport availability will cover Monday to Sunday all throughout the day.

Passengers should be able to walk from their door to the car and be able to get in and out of it – on their own.


Seaview and Nettlestone Parish Council convened an Emergency meeting of the Parish council (23rd February 2021) to consider proposing Eddington Road as an Asset of Community Value, following the Isle of Wight Council identifying the site as potential land for development.

Barry Elliott, Chairman of the Parish Council said ‘We wanted to ensure the views of the residents and the community are heard in this process, and are very concerned about the implications of what is being proposed by the IW Council’.

The Local Residents Association have voiced concerns over the Local Authority’s handling of the process and the Parish Council have been critical of the lack of community engagement.

Cllr Elliott added ‘Although we welcome the March Q & A session with the Leader of the Council, this should have happened earlier and we should have been more involved – the implications of what is being proposed is significant, and could have negative consequences for this and neighbouring areas’.

The Council heard from local residents and the Ward Councillor – Cllr Reg Barry and everyone agreed that the proposed 90-100 units were too many for the community. The members resolved to nominate the Eddington Road site as an Asset of Community Value.

Green Waste Subscriptions 2021 – From the Isle of Wight Council

Green waste subscriptions available

Spring is on its way, gardens will be blooming and it’s time to renew green garden waste subscriptions!

Over half of our customers have already switched to direct debit payments so their subscriptions will automatically renew. Those who pay annually by card should check their email inboxes for details of how to re-subscribe, before 18 March.

Existing customers with direct debit are also asked to check that the bank details they previously supplied are still the same.

The popular green garden waste kerbside collection service collected 1,710 tonnes of garden waste since April 2020.

Councillor Steve Hastings, Cabinet member for recycling, said: “Our kerbside green garden waste service is hugely popular across the Island, with 10,000 customers benefitting – especially during 2020 with many more people getting out in the garden; saving trips to the tip, lower people’s carbon footprints and giving people more time to focus on gardening.

“All of the green waste collected is composted and goes back into gardens across the Island.”

Natasha Dix, the council’s strategic manager for waste and environment, added: “While the service is pretty full, there are a few spaces available, so if you are on the waiting list and would like to sign up I would encourage you to do so as soon as you can.

“You would have received emails from us too. Please do check your junk message folder just in case.”

For more information on the scheme, visit