Orkney Islands Council
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Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Have your say on health and social care integration proposals

Take part in a survey on the future delivery of joint health and social care services in Orkney. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Council sets budget for year ahead

Elected Members have set Orkney Islands Council’s budget for the next financial year. Read more

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Suicide support in Orkney - two new 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.

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? 


Waste and recycling on the isles - public drop-in sessions

Starting March 3, Orkney Islands Council is holding public drop-in sessions on the isles as part of consultations to look at options for waste collection and recycling in each community. The Council is asking isles communities how they feel the service could be implemented in future so there is a greater opportunity for residents to recycle from closer to home. At the meetings, folk will also be able to speak to officers about the development of an energy strategy for the county. Find out more and keep informed of the meetings in your community on this page.


Roadworks on Picky Road and Great Western Road

Roadworks to upgrade streetlights will be carried out by the Council over the next two weekends and will involve one way systems and lane closures on Great Western Road and Pickaquoy Road. Diversions will be in place.

The Great Western Road between Pickaquoy Road and West Tankerness Lane will be affected this weekend (February 14-15). Pickaquoy Road between Great Western Road and the Tesco entrance will be affected the following weekend (February 21-22).

Roadworks on Union Street from February 4

From Feb 4 the Council will be repairing surface water culvert on Union Street, meaning it will be one way for a few weeks (vehicles will only be permitted drive in a westerly direction on Union Street). Works are expected to last up to 28 days. Diversions will be in place.


Have your say on health and social care integration

A consultation is underway on a proposed 'scheme of integration' setting out how a new joint body will plan and deliver joined-up health and social care in Orkney. Read the press release or go straight to the consultation page.


Cathedral update

Staff at St Magnus Cathedral are unable to receive email at the moment – anyone needing to get in touch should ring 01856 874894. Upper floor tours have resumed.


Keep up to date with new bus timetable changes

There have been some recent changes to the new bus timetables which came into operation on January 5 as a result of suggestions from the public. Keep up to date bus timetable changes here, or check the information displays in bus shelters and at the Kirkwall and Stromness Travel Centres.


Public Holidays

The Council Offices will be closed for public holidays on the following days this year; Monday 6 April, Monday 4 May, Thursday 6 August, Friday 25 December -Monday 4 January (inclusive). Check out our calendar page for more info.


Winter is here

Orkney Islands Council is encouraging people across the county to make sure they are well prepared for whatever this winter brings. Read more.