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News From Orkney Islands Council

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Orkney's Referendum vote announced

Counting Officer Alistair Buchan has announced that 7189 votes were cast in Orkney in favour of remaining in the European Union and 4193 in favour of leaving the EU. There was a 68.45% turnout among the local electorate. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Kirkwall councillors champion garden waste collection service

A temporary garden waste collection service is being made available in Kirkwall, aimed specifically at elderly or vulnerable residents of the town. Read more

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Inter-island transport events start on Monday

A series of drop-in events gets underway on Monday June 27 in the North and South Isles, where residents can help shape the way ferry and air links are provided in future. Dates and times are available here - along with information about how to get involved if you cannot make it to the meetings.

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.

Listen live or listen again via the relevant Committee entry in  the Diary of Council Meetings calendar.

The next meetings to be broadcast are:

  • Tuesday 5 July - Full Council.

All start at 10:30.

Right of way investigation

The Council is seeking views from the public on the existence of public rights of way in the vicinity of Denwick and East Denwick in Deerness. Find out more 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.

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.