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Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Budget for year ahead agreed

Elected Members have agreed Orkney Islands Council’s budget for the next financial year. Follow this link to read full details about the budget for 2017-18.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Fair funding for internal ferries in Northern Isles

The leaders of the Councils in Orkney and Shetland are asking Ministers to support their call for fair funding for inter-island ferry services in the two communities. Follow this link to read the full press release on the case put forward to the Scottish Government.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Locals featured in ActiveLife film

A new short film showcasing leisure and fitness facilities available through Orkney’s new ActiveLife scheme has been released by the Council and the Pickaquoy Centre Trust. Find out more about ActiveLife and watch the short film.

For all news from Orkney Islands Council visit the 'News' tab at the top of this page.

Adverse weather alerts. Adverse weather alerts

OIC Updates: Links to information on disruptions to Council services and Churchill Barrier and school closures - as well as other handy numbers for when the weather is making life unpredictable.

What's New?

Looking for fun activities for kids this mid-term break?

There's a huge range of activities on offer through the Council and the Picky Centre from16 to 20 Feb inclusive - many sessions are free for ActiveLife members. Find out more on the Pickaquoy Centre website.

Information session: So You Want To Be A Councillor?

The Council is holding information sessions throughout February for people thinking standing for standing for - and serving as - an elected member of Orkney Islands Council. Hear about the commitment and rewards involved from one of your current serving councillors, Stephen Hagan, and speak to Council staff for guidance on the process to follow to put yourself forward. The sessions will take place on February 2, 13 and 21. All sessions start at 7pm, in the Council Chamber (via the old School Place entrance). To book, contact our Democratic Services team on 873535 ext 2238 or email bookings@orkney.gov.uk . Watch Stephen Hagan speaking about what’s covered at each session on the Orkney Islands Council's Youtube channel.

Possible delays in Harbour Street as flood prevention works start in Kirkwall

Drivers and pedestrians are advised of possible delays and diversions in the vicinity of the Kirkwall Basin from February 6, as construction of the Council's Kirkwall Flood Prevention Scheme between Ayre Mills and St Catherine's Place roundabout gets underway. The project will take around ten months to complete. Find out more about the scheme by reading our latest news release.

Development Management reduced availability

Due to current staff shortages, planning officers from Development Management are only available on a ‘drop-in’ basis from Monday to Thursday 09:00 to 10:00 and 16:00 to 17:00 for customers visiting or phoning the Council Offices. Outside these times, please arrange an appointment or send in your query by email to planning@orkney.gov.uk.

Community learning classes

The Community Learning Guide for 2017 is now available.

Find out more about the classes on offer - everything from archaeology to welding.

Audio casting

You can listen to debates as they happen in the Council Chamber. Meetings of the main Committees and the Full Council are broadcast live. We also provide a listen-again service, with audio recordings made available within two working days of the meetings taking place.

Listen live or listen again via the relevant Committee entry in  the Diary of Council Meetings calendar.

Dates for next meetings:

  • 28 February: Policy and Resources - 10:30.
  • 1 March: Special Development and Infrastructure - 10:30.
  • 9 March: General Meeting - 10:30.
  • 10 March: Integration Joint Board (time to be confirmed).

Suicide - support for you in Orkney. Two booklets offer help and advice

Orkney Health and Care and ChooseLife Scotland have joined together in producing two booklets to let people who have been bereaved or affected by a suicide - or those who may be having thoughts of taking their own life - know that they don’t need to cope alone. Find the ChooseLife leaflets here.

Council Charges Register

The Council Charges Register is now available and includes all fees and charges in relation to the full range of Council services. The Register can be viewed in full on the Charges Register page.