Orkney Islands Council
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News From Orkney Islands Council

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Orkney Islands Council takes top honours at National Planning Awards

Orkney Islands Council has scooped the top award at Scotland's national planning awards. Follow this link to read more about the planning award.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Council’s Empty Homes project scoops media award

A new project run by the Council aimed at bringing empty homes back into use has won a national award only four months after being set up. Follow this link to read more about the empty homes project award..

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Your Kirkwall - help shape it!

What would you want Kirkwall to be like over the next 10 to 20 years? Follow this link to find out more about a new ideas-gathering exercise you can take part in.

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?

Christmas Grants open

Applications are now open for the Council’s Christmas Grants. The £40 grant is available to anyone who is living in Orkney and is 60 years or over and receiving Pension Credit, is a disabled person aged 18 years or over, or is a parent of a disabled child under 18 years. Read our press to release to find out more and download a form.

Child Protection

The Child Protection pages of the website have recently been extensively updated. The Child Protection Committee section now includes details of a Scotland-wide consultation aimed at adult survivors of abuse whilst in care. The consultation runs until 17 November 2017. Find out more here.

How the Council buys goods and services

Orkney Islands Council is seeking views on its draft Sustainable Procurement Policy, which looks at how the Council buys goods and services in a way that benefits the local community. You can have your say – read more about the draft Sustainable Procurement Policy here.

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.

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.

  • Policy and Resources Committee: Tuesday 28 November - 10:30.
  • Integration Joint Board: Wednesday 6 December - 09:30.
  • General Meeting of the Council: Tuesday 12 December - 10:30.

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 can be viewed in full on the Charges Register page.