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Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Looking for your ideas – take part in new public survey

Orkney Islands Council looking for feedback on the services it provides and ideas for improvements. Find out about the Council’s Change Programme – and take part in OIC’s new public survey here.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Islands Leaders and Secretary of State hail positive Working Group meeting

Representatives of the three Islands Councils in Scotland have taken part in the first Islands Working Group meeting in Edinburgh with the UK Government. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Stromness Primary scoops award for best school design

Stromness Primary School has taken top spot in the Education category in an industry award highlighting local government architecture and design. Read more.

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? 

Stromness Customer Service - limited hours today

The Stromness Customer Service office will be closed today (Tuesday 18 November) from 12.30pm to 2pm. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Norovirus help and advice

NHS Orkney has issued guidance to help prevent the spread of norovirus, which is known to be  circulating in the county at present. Read more ...


Christmas Grants

The Council is inviting applications to its yearly Christmas Grant of £53, open to people aged 60 years or over and receiving Pension Credit; disabled people aged 18 years or over; and parents of a disabled child under 18 years. Full details here


Recycling disruption

The recycling collection in area J was not completed on Tuesday November 4 due to a vehicle breakdown. Areas affected by the recycling disruption are Deerness and parts of Tankerness - these residents can put excess recyclables out with their next collection on November 18, as long as it can be easily identified by our staff as recyclables. Read more...


Latest Trading Standards alert

Orkney Islands Council's Trading Standards team is warning local people not to be steamrolled by cold callers offering to put in tarmac paths and driveways. And this National Consumer Week, the team is urging us all to talk to vulnerable friends and family about saying 'no, thankyou' to unsolicited offers.


Winter is coming

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


What you need to know about the by-election

Orkney Islands Council is reminding people intending to vote in this month’s Kirkwall West and Orphir by-election of some important points to remember. Read more.


Have your say on North Isles heritage project ideas

The Council is seeking feedback from North Isles residents on a range of project ideas put forward during recent meetings in the isles to discuss a package of proposals aimed at boosting local heritage. To find out more and view the range of project ideas, read the press release


Graemeshall road works and road closure

The section of the B9052 road between the Holm war memorial and Graemeshall Farm, in Holm, is closed while work to address coastal erosion issues is underway. The work is expected to take around two months, with the current road closure required until at least mid November while the section of damaged sea wall is repaired. Graemeshall Road (accessed between Graemeshall Farm and Graemeshall House) is open, as is the B9052 between the north end of No 1 Barrier and the Graemeshall Road. Read more.


Council’s planning and regulatory services seeking feedback

Have you lodged a planning application recently, applied for permission to carry out building works, or asked the Council for consumer advice?  Why not fill in our survey .


Economic Development Grant Scheme

Are you a local entrepreneur?  Orkney Islands Council has updated and relaunched its Economic Development Grants Scheme. Why not check if your business or business idea qualifies for financial support.  Read more.