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News From Orkney Islands Council

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Alistair’s quarter century marked

Tribute has been paid to Chief Executive Alistair Buchan’s 25 years of service with Orkney Islands Council. Follow this link to read the story of Alistair's quarter century.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Homecare – a rewarding career

A film aimed at encouraging people to consider homecare as a career is being launched by Orkney Islands Council. Follow this link for the story on a career in homecare..

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Community Council election results published

Results for the recent Community Council elections in Orkney have been published by Orkney Islands Council. Follow this link for news and results for the 2017 Community Council elections.

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?

How the Council buys goods and services

Orkney Islands Council is seeking views on its draft Sustainable Procurement Policy, which looks at how the Council buys goods and services in a way that benefits the local community. You can have your say – read more about the draft Sustainable Procurement Policy here.

Seeking artist for collaborative project with adults with learning disabilities

Orkney Health and Care’s Lifestyles Service which supports adults with a wide range of learning disabilities is looking to commission an artist to work closely with service users, volunteers and staff to deliver workshops and create a lasting work of art, following a grant from the Orkney LEADER programme. Read the full press release to find out more about this project.

Sea front parking update

The Shore Street car park in Kirkwall (also known as the Waterfront East car park) is now partially open again. It was closed in early June to allow construction work on a section of the Kirkwall Flood Prevention Scheme. Parts of the car park are expected to remain closed until the end of October. Meanwhile, the Waterfront West car park (near Kiln Corner) is also partially closed as part of the construction project and is expected to remain so until the end of October.

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.

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.

  • General Meeting: 10 October.

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

Council Charges Register

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