Orkney Islands Council
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News From Orkney Islands Council

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. October launch for ActiveIslands scheme

Folk living on Orkney's inner and outer isles are set to benefit from a new membership option under Orkney's ActiveLife scheme. Follow this link to find out more about the ActiveIslands launch.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Deadline for Community Councillor elections extended

Prospective Community Councillors now have until 17:00 on Monday 18 September to put themselves forward for election. Follow this link formore information on the Community Councils elections.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Local businesses invited to Meet the Buyer event

Local businesses who are interested in doing business with the public sector in Orkney are being invited to attend a 'Meet the Buyer' event on October 5. Follow this link for more information about the Meet the Buyer event.

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?

Looking for an evening class?

Our Autumn programme of Community Learning classes is now out, and there is something for everyone. New this year, we're offering health and wellbeing courses as part of ActiveLife memberships. Find out more by reading the programme.

Fund for artists and craftmakers reopens

Are you an artist or craft maker with a new idea? The Visual Arts and Craft Makers Award could help make it happen.  Read our case study with local metalworker Fiona Sanderson.

Seeking artist for collaborative project with adults with learning disabilities

Orkney Health and Care’s Lifestyles Service which supports adults with a wide range of learning disabilities is looking to commission an artist to work closely with service users, volunteers and staff to deliver workshops and create a lasting work of art, following a grant from the Orkney LEADER programme. Read the full press release to find out more about this project.

Sea front parking update

The Shore Street car park in Kirkwall (also known as the Waterfront East car park) is now partially open again. It was closed in early June to allow construction work on a section of the Kirkwall Flood Prevention Scheme. Parts of the car park are expected to remain closed until the end of October. Meanwhile, the Waterfront West car park (near Kiln Corner) is also partially closed as part of the construction project and is expected to remain so until the end of October.

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.

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.

  • Integration Joint Board Audit Committee 1: 5 September.
  • Orkney Health and Care: 5 September.
  • Development and Infrastructure: 12 September.
  • Education Leisure and Housing: 13 September.
  • Policy and Resources: 26 September.
  • Integration Joint Board Audit Committee 2: 27 September.
  • Monitoring and Audit: 28 September.
  • General Meeting: 10 October.

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 will be available soon and can be viewed in full on the Charges Register page.