Councillor Ian Stephens
Party: Island Independent Network
Electoral Division: Ryde West
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Flat 11 The Appley
Isle of Wight
Bus. mobile: 07970 009523
Term of Office
- 07/06/2001 -
Welcome to My Website
Thank you for visiting my website. I endeavour to put various interesting items both Islandwide and of local interest.
My biography contains some brief information, such as my reasons for standing as an Independent candidate, etc. If you want to know more about me please contact me.
I attempt to put information which may assist you, such as roadworks in the ward, health links, community safety amongst other things. One thing that will not appear on this site is political jibes, as I am not political and do not see a place for it in local council. Please contact me if there is an item you think may improve coverage on an area of interest. You may wish to contribute an item or anecdotal information. Please feel free to contact me via any of my contact details, as listed.
Many know me as I was born and have lived on the Island all my life, however I have travelled, stayed in hotels and worked throughout the South (east and west) prior to taking early retirement from BT. I then started an independent communication consultancy which I stopped on being elected back in 2001. I started up a family bed/furniture business, which we have since sold on to others. I have always held belief that the Island and its' residents are very special and therefore this needs to be respected in everyday life, no matter what you do.
I was re-elected as an Independent Member at the elections in May 2005 and again in June 2009, In this current year as the Vice Chairman of the Isle of Wight Council it has been my intention to ensure that the civic office plays a stronger supporting role to all in everyday life, striving to raise the profile of Island initiatives in all fields from trade and commerce to tourism,health and many more.
My nomination as an Independent Councillor allows me to represent the views and concerns of local residents, unfettered by political decisions. Within the debate on education we had Primary, Middle, and High schools in my area of Ryde West, and the decision to close Middle schools will continue to create quite a considerable increase in pupils attending both Haylands Primary and Ryde High School...with no plans to move the increased numbers to another site to spread the load (although I had suggested that a new High school site be researched, or a 6th Form College for Ryde on another campus). I did not support the newly mooted changes on concern over the increase in pupil numbers alone.
If you are a local resident you will be aware that there is heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the district at school opening and closing times. There is also the existing parking burden brought about by inadequate parking on the High school site which will again have further the problems of additional staff and pupil parking.
I have always put the district and those residents of Ryde West at the forefront of my decisions and will continue to do so.
I have been criticised by others for representing residents’ views at IWC Planning in regard to contentious matters, but I have always held that local knowledge is paramount when considering decisions. We live on a unique Island and need to protect our environment, whilst also weighing up the need for sustainable employment.
Annual Report 2020
Councillor Ian Stephens – Ryde West Ward
2019-20 has been a challenging year with even more stringent measures to council services. Ryde has pulled together with voluntary sector and local volunteers to support the vulnerable within the community. My workload has not lessened over the period of lockdown, utilising various means to remain contactable, without newsletters and leaflets, minded of the warning that the virus could survive on paper for some hours. I still checked the district of Ryde West, reporting resident’s concerns.
Throughout the year I have opened the Pellhurst Road gates at Ryde Cemetery, and have formed a rota system with residents, widely appreciated by people of all ages. My partnership with IWC Bereavement Services is invaluable when reporting the concerns which occasionally arise.
I engage with Environmental officers when dealing with fly tipping, rubbish, and dog fouling leading to the continuation of signage courtesy of the Respect Ryde Project, which was set up by Ryde TC Councillor Karen Lucioni.
My regular rounds of the district have enabled me to identify and solve problems with Island Roads, and the vandalised trees to be replaced, along with potholes, and other highway defects.
I continue to work with the Housing Associations who have supported me with solving problems and concerns of individual residents.
The Respect Ryde Project, with beach cleaning, and attention to public realm within Ryde has now extended with litter picks in areas of Binstead Estate, Pell Lane and the recreation ground.
Ryde West have had incidents of people living in tents. Rough sleeping is an area on which I will continue to focus.
The 37 bus continues to serve our district providing residents with transport to and from the town.
I will continue to responsibly challenge both cuts and policies which impact on Ryde West and our Island.