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Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. £6.5m agreed for Orkney research and innovation campus

Plans for a multi-million pound research and innovation campus in Stromness are set to go ahead. Follow this link to read the full press release on the planned Orkney research and innovation campus..

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Reuse event rescues almost a tonne of unwanted household goods

An event run by Orkney Islands Council, in partnership with Orkney ZeroWaste, has ensured the redistribution and reuse of almost 1000kg of unwanted household goods - diverting them from being disposed of as waste.  Follow this link for further details on the resuse event.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Locals featured in ActiveLife film

A new short film showcasing leisure and fitness facilities available through Orkney’s new ActiveLife scheme has been released by the Council and the Pickaquoy Centre Trust. Find out more about ActiveLife and watch the short film.

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?

Development Management reduced availability

Due to current staff shortages, planning officers from Development Management are only available on a ‘drop-in’ basis from Monday to Thursday 09:00 to 10:00 and 16:00 to 17:00 for customers visiting or phoning the Council Offices. Outside these times, please arrange an appointment or send in your query by email to planning@orkney.gov.uk.

Community learning classes

The Community Learning Guide for 2017 is now available.

Find out more about the classes on offer - everything from archaeology to welding.

Proposed new guidance for ‘Housing in the Countryside’ and ‘Energy’

The Council in consulting on newly updated planning guidance for housing in Orkney’s rural areas and energy. Feedback on the two documents can be provided until 2 February 2017 - a seven week consultation period to take into account the Christmas holidays. Find out more about the two draft planning guidances by visiting our Consultation and Engagement page.

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.

Dates for next meetings:

  • 8 February: Education, Leisure and Housing - 10:30.
  • 9 February: Special Policy and Resources - 10:30.
  • 14 February: Orkney Health and Care - 09:00.
  • 14 February: Monitoring and Audit - 10:30.
  • 16 February: Development and Infrastructure - 10:30.
  • 22 February: Special General Meeting - 10:30.
  • 28 February: Policy and Resources - 10:30.
  • 1 March: Special Development and Infrastructure - 10:30.
  • 9 March: General Meeting - 10:30.
  • 10 March: Integration Joint Board (time to be confirmed).

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 ChooseLife 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.