Orkney Islands Council
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News From Orkney Islands Council

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Welcome for new islands housing fund

The Council has welcomed the announcement of new funding for affordable homes in island communities. Read more on the new islands housing fund.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Milestone ceremonies for new citizens

More than 50 people have taken part in the ceremonies held in the Council Chamber that mark the final step on their journey to becoming British citizens. Read more about the latest citizens

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Warehouse Buildings customer survey

Orkney Islands Council is seeking feedback from the community on its Stromness Warehouse Buildings. Read more on the Warehouse Buildings customer survey.

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 road closure

A temporary road closure on Bridge Street in Kirkwall is in place at the moment. It will run until 14 October 2017 and is to allow maintenance and improvement work at the Harbour Fry chip shop.

Work will be carried out between 10.00 and 13.00 and 14.00 and 16.00 each day. This is weather dependent, but it is hoped to have the work completed at the earliest opportunity.

Traffic delays in Kirkwall expected due to road works

Drivers are being advised there will be some traffic delays in Kirkwall for around four weeks from 12 September while Orkney Islands Council carries out resurfacing on three roundabouts along the harbour front, and a section of Grainshore Road. Find out more about the road works starting on 12 September.

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 27 September - Policy and Resources.
  • Thursday 29 September - Monitoring and Audit.
  • Tuesday 11 October - Full Council.

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.