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News From Orkney Islands Council

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Islands Bill becomes law

The Islands Bill has received Royal Assent and become an Act of the Scottish Parliament. Read the Islands Bill story.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Orkney confirmed as host of the 2023 Island Games

Orkney will host the 2023 Island Games after all 24 member islands of the International Island Games Association (IIGA) voted unanimously to award the event to the county. Read the Island Games story.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Recruitment underway for Chair of Orkney Research and Innovation Centre

Applications sought for the post of Chair of the new Orkney Research and Innovation Campus (ORIC). Read the recruitment 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?

Surface dressing update

A programme of surface dressing starts across Orkney on Thursday 17 May, running through into July. Road closures will be in place while work is carried out and public bus services will also be affected by diversions. You can check any impact on your bus service here. Follow our 'OIC Updates' Facebook page and 'OIC Roads' Twitter feed for the latest updates. More detailed updates can be found in our News section.

Bus service surveys

People in Orkney are being asked for input into future public bus services for the county, ahead of preparations by Orkney Islands Council for the next contract period. The Council has launched two short surveys – one for bus users, and another for people who don’t use the bus services at all. Both are available from the 'Consultations and Engagements' page.

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.