Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Council to discuss more budget cuts

Isle of Wight councillors will meet later to discuss further budget cuts.

The authority axed 265 jobs as part of plans to save £18m from its budgets in 2011/12.

The new measures include a review of working conditions, charges for foot passengers on the chain ferry in Cowes and changes to children's services.

Councillors will meet at County Hall in Newport from 18:00 BST to debate the plans, which would save £3.8m in the next financial year.

The proposals are part of the council's four-year bid to save £33m which could also see up to 535 posts lost.

A subsidy to the West Wight Sports Centre in Freshwater could also be axed as part of the cuts.

Another idea is that charges could be introduced for foot passengers using the chain ferry in Cowes, which is also known as the floating bridge.

Tolls for motorists currently range from £1.20 for motorcyclists to £2.70 for large vans and minibuses.

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