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News From Orkney Islands Council

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Orkney looks forward to iconic Poppies display at St Magnus Cathedral

Orkney Islands Council has warmly welcomed the announcement by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s official arts programme for the First World War centenary, that thousands of ceramic poppies are to go on display at St Magnus Cathedral. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Chance to take part in Jutland service

People in Orkney are being offered the opportunity to take part in a special Service of Commemoration at St Magnus Cathedral marking 100 years since the Battle of Jutland. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Local groups invited to take part in St Magnus commemorations

The Council is inviting local groups and organisations to contribute to a programme of events in 2017 to mark 900 years since the death of St Magnus. Read more.

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?

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.

The next meetings to be broadcast are:

  • Tuesday February 2 – Development and Infrastructure.
  • Wednesday February 3 – Education, Leisure and Housing.
  • Thursday February 11 – Special Policy and Resources.
  • Tuesday February 16 – Policy and Resources.
  • Thursday February 18 – Special General Meeting.
  • Tuesday March 1 – General Meeting.

To find out how to listen live or listen again visit our audio casting page.

Orkney Health and Care Draft Strategic Commissioning Plan

A draft Strategic Commissioning Plan has been published for the new Integration Joint Board that will have the task of planning and overseeing community health and social care services from later this year.

People across Orkney are invited to share their views on the plan. Find out how here.

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 leaflets here.

Winter safety

We've updated our winter safety section. You can find a wealth of advice and useful links here.

Planning update

Due to current staff shortages, officers of the Development Management Team are currently available to offer planning advice to customers visiting or calling the Council offices, Monday to Thursday 09:00 – 10:00 and 16:00 – 17:00.

Outside of these hours, officers will be available by appointment only. You can also send planning queries by email.

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.