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News From Orkney Islands Council

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Ferry funding announcement welcomed by Council

Council Leader James Stockan has welcomed the announcement that £5.5 million in additional funding for Orkney’s inter-island ferry service will be included in the Scottish Government’s budget for 2018-19. Follow this link for more information about the funding announcement.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Rousay pupils are 'keen to learn'

An inspection by Education Scotland has found that pupils at Rousay Primary School are 'confident, friendly children, who are keen to learn and contribute to the school and wider community'. Follow this link to find out more about the inspection's findings.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Fostering and adoption services praised by inspectors

Fostering and adoption services in Orkney have been praised for the support they give to foster and adoptive families and children in the county. Follow this link to read more about the inspection..

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?

Bridge Street road closure update

The road closure at the entrance to Bridge Street and the associated altered traffic arrangements on Albert Street and Laing Street is being extended for a further two weeks until Monday 19 February. The revised timescale is due to construction delays on the Harbour Street Paving project as a result of recent severe weather and poor conditions forecast over coming days. The Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

Evening and daytime learning opportunities

The New Year programme of evening and daytime classes for 2018 is now available. You can enrol for all classes from Monday 8 January.

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.

The next meetings to be broadcast are:

  • Tuesday 13 February – Special Policy and Resources Committee.
  • Tuesday 20 February – Policy and Resources Committee.
  • Thursday 22 February – Special General Meeting of the Council.
  • Tuesday 6 March – General Meeting of the Council.
  • Wednesday 14 March – Integration Joint Board (09:30 start).

All other meetings start at 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.