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News From Orkney Islands Council

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Potential for income generating wind farm to be looked at further by OIC

The possibility of creating a large scale wind farm as an important source of income for Orkney is to be investigated fully by the Islands Council. Follow this link for information about the work that will happen next.  

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Marine plan scoops top national award 

A plan that will guide development activity in local waters has picked up a prestigious national award. Find out more about the plan and its success at the Awards for Planning Excellence by following this link.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Cruise competition winners

The winners have been announced of a competition offering a guided tour and lunch aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship during a visit to Orkney in July. Follow this link to find out who the winners are.

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?

Temporary closure of Shore Street car park

The Shore Street car park will be closed for a period of around 10 weeks, starting 1 June, to enable construction of the next stage of the Kirkwall Flood Prevention Scheme in the vicinity of the Kirkwall Pier entrance and the Shore Street car park. Read the full press release to find out more about the closure and other parking areas available.

Summer opening times for Recycling Centres

The Council's recycling centres have changed over to summer operating hours. View the summer opening hours on our recycling page.

Summer parking fees - from 1 May

Orkney Islands Council is reminding drivers that the ‘first hour free’ parking which runs over winter ended on 30 April and from 1 May the Council carparks in central Kirkwall and Stromness reverted 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 have changed to 50p for 1 hour, 1.20p for 2 hours and £2.50 for 3 hours. Signage in these car parks has been changed to reflect the summer tariffs.

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.

  • Integration Joint Board - 28 June - 09:15.

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.