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News From Orkney Islands Council

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Garden House to be new home for VAO

Council-owned offices currently used by NHS Orkney will become the base for Voluntary Action Orkney (VAO) after the new hospital opens in Kirkwall. Read more on the VAO story.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Visual Artists and Craft Makers fund reopens

A scheme aimed at helping local artists and crafts people take their creative development and ideas to the next level is open again for applications. Read more on the scheme.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Bins at kerbside request

The Council is asking Orkney households to take it all the way when it comes to putting their bins out. Read more on the bins story.

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?

Community Learning

The new community learning guide for Autumn 2018 is now available. The guide contains information about the Autumn programme of courses and other activities provided by the Council's Learning and Development service, with support from ActiveLife, schools, community associations and community centres. Bookings can be made from Monday 20 August 2018.

Biodiversity Plan published for comment

Orkney’s Community Planning Environment Partnership  - of which the Council is a partner - is seeking public views on the latest version of its Orkney Local Biodiversity Action Plan. The Plan covers the period 2018-2022 and sets out what can be done locally to help protect habitats and species across four themes: Greenspace, Farmland, Peatland and the Marine Environment. Find out more by visiting our Consultation and Engagement section.

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. All meetings start at 10:30 unless otherwise specified.

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 can be viewed in full on the Charges Register page.