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News From Orkney Islands Council

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Local Council Election Candidates Named

Thirty eight candidates have put themselves forward for election in Orkney for the local Council elections in May. Visit the Local Council Election Candidates press release.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Council publishes annual performance information

The Council has published its latest Annual Performance Report. Follow this link for more information and to view the report.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Have your say on fuel poverty strategy

The Council is seeking feedback after publishing a draft strategy for addressing fuel poverty in the county. Read more about the fuel poverty strategy.

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?

Summer parking fees - from May 1

Orkney Islands Council is reminding drivers that the ‘first hour free’ parking which runs over winter ends on 30 April and from 1 May the Council carparks in central Kirkwall and Stromness will revert to the summer tariffs. The fees in the Albert Street, Castle Street, St Magnus Lane and Gunn’s Close Car Parks in Kirkwall and the Ferry Inn Car Park in Stromness will change to 50p for 1 hour, 1.20p for 2 hours and £2.50 for 3 hours. Signage in these car parks will be changed to reflect the summer tariffs.

Aquaculture Planning Guidance – have your say

Draft planning guidance for aquaculture activity in the county has been published by the Council for a six week period of public consultation from 16 March to 27 April. View the draft version of the Supplementary Guidance Aquaculture and find out how to have your say in our consultation section.

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.

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 the next meetings will be listed here once they are available.

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.