Councillor Michael Lilley

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Party: Alliance Group

Electoral Division: Ryde Appley and Elmfield

Contact information

Home address: 
High Park Road
Isle of Wight
PO33 1BX

Mobile:  07769 551578

Bus. email:

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Committee appointments

Term of Office

  • 04/05/2017 -

Appointments to outside bodies

Annual Report

Councillor Michael Lilley – Ryde East Ward


The last 12 months have been a rollercoaster and from February 2021 dominated by the Covid-19 crisis. In May 2019, I was elected the Mayor of Ryde by Ryde Town Council and my duties as a Councillor have been split between Ryde East Ward issues, championing the issues of Ryde as Mayor, and attending IWC committee meetings. I was re-elected as Vice-Chair of Corporate Scrutiny Committee and have the record of number of call-ins for IWC Cabinet Members’ delegated decisions. I called in the decision to consider selling Ryde Harbour and successfully argued for Ryde Town Council to be sold the Harbour for £1 so it could be developed. Ryde Town Council has developed a full business case and it is planned the Harbour be transferred later in 2020. I’ve also been a member of and attended Planning, Health & Social Care Scrutiny, Regeneration & Neighbourhoods, and Joint Council Management Committees. I’ve regularly put forward motions to the Full Council and regularly ask questions. My key achievement was to put forward and get a cross-party majority vote for IW Council to declare a Climate Emergency in July 2019. This has resulted in IWC developing a strong Green and Climate Change strategy alongside IW achieving UNESCO Biosphere Status in June 2019. Ryde East continues to be faced with proposed large developments and I continue to work with residents in opposing overdevelopment in the Ward. I have a regular newsletter and monthly ward meetings. I championed Ryde to have a Ryde Place Plan, achieve £1M funding to establish a Historic High Street Action Zone and campaign for Ryde Theatre to be bought, renovated and reopened. In February 2020, Covid-19 became the predominate issue and as Mayor of Ryde I’ve chaired a Ryde Coronavirus Community Response Team between Aspire and Ryde Town Council.



Michael Lilley

May 2020