OIC Press Releases

OIC News
Major road closures for Kirkwall

Major road closures are to come into effect in Kirkwall from next week (week beginning 1 April) as part of the ongoing works in Broad Street.

25 March 2019
Bignold Park Road roadworks

A section of Bignold Park Road will be closed in the evenings between Wednesday 20 March and Friday 22 March, and from 08:00 to 17:00 on Saturday 23 March to enable road resurfacing works to be carried out.

18 March 2019
Roadworks on Pegal Burn Bridge, Hoy

Work to repair a damaged wall on Pegal Burn Bridge, around 4 miles north of Lyness on the main Lyness to Moaness road (B9047) in Hoy, is due to start this Thursday 21 March.

18 March 2019
World Social Work Day 2019 to be celebrated in Orkney

Orkney's social work service will be celebrated at a World Social Work Day event in Kirkwall this week.

18 March 2019
Street works on the move in Kirkwall - with further street closures to come

Street works in Kirkwall town centre will move to the opposite side of Broad Street from today (week beginning 18 March).

18 March 2019
OIC Takes Top Technology Prize for BIG HIT project

Orkney Islands Council was named winner at a national awards ceremony this week for its work on the Big HIT project.

15 March 2019
Planning review body bound for Sanday

The Council’s Local Review Body will hold a meeting in Sanday next week.

13 March 2019
Survey on air and ferry services for outer north isles residents

A survey has been launched for residents of isles with both an air and ferry service - Eday, North Ronaldsay, Sanday, Stronsay or Westray.

12 March 2019
Orkney’s prospective MSYPs count down to elections

Voting opens this Friday 15 March to elect Orkney’s two Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs).

12 March 2019
St Colm’s review – update

A review undertaken by the Chief Officer of Orkney Health and Care has concluded that St Colm’s will continue to play its part in providing services for people with learning disabilities.

08 March 2019
New start in Orkney for families from Syria

Two families from war-torn Syria are beginning to build new lives in Orkney.

07 March 2019
Concern over funding announcement

The Leader of Orkney Islands Council has expressed his concern that the Scottish Government is providing reduced funding for the county’s internal ferry service for the year ahead.

06 March 2019
Albert Street Set to Reopen

Albert Street in Kirkwall will reopen to traffic on Monday afternoon (March 4).

01 March 2019
Scapa 100 – call for descendants

Plans are developing to mark the centenary of the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow.

28 February 2019
All female candidate list for MSYP elections in March.

Girl power is set to take centre stage in Orkney next month - with an all-female candidate list for the upcoming Scottish Youth Parliament elections in March. 

27 February 2019
Street closures in Stromness this week

Temporary street closures will be in place in Stromness over the next two days (Thursday 28 February and Friday 1 March) whilst Orkney Islands Council completes flagstone repairs.

27 February 2019
Kirkyard Reinstatement Works to Get Underway

Work to reinstate headstones laid flat in Orkney's cemeteries is due to get underway shortly.

26 February 2019
Full Council cancelled - 21 February

Orkney Islands Council has cancelled the meeting where Elected Members would have set the authority’s budget for the financial year ahead.

18 February 2019
Council signs contract for new tugs

A contract has been signed for two new tugs for Orkney Islands Council's Marine Services.

13 February 2019
Budget for year ahead discussed

Elected Members have recommended that Orkney Islands Council’s budget for the year ahead should take account of the uncertain times the country faces.

12 February 2019
Personal Licence Holders Should Act Now on Renewal

Personal licence holders in Orkney are being reminded that they must act now to ensure that they apply to renew their personal licences by 31 May this year - or risk losing them.

12 February 2019
Blocking the bus in the ’Hope

Police Scotland and Orkney Islands Council are asking drivers to ‘think bus’ when leaving vehicles in St Margaret’s Hope.

11 February 2019
Help for refugees – update for Orkney

Planning is underway to help a further two families from war-ravaged Syria build new lives in Orkney.

11 February 2019
Orkney Youth Conference Takes Place in Kirkwall

Orkney's biennial Youth Conference got underway at the Kirkwall Town Hall this morning (7 February).

07 February 2019
Unsteady headstones to be marked in advance of safety work

The Council is to identify headstones assessed as unstable in local kirkyards to give families advanced notice that these are scheduled to be laid flat.

05 February 2019
Team Appointed at £4.5m North Isles Landscape Partnership Scheme

The North Isles Landscape Partnership Scheme (NILPS) team is now up to full strength with the appointment of three new staff members.

05 February 2019
OIC holds Brexit talks with Cabinet Secretary

Councillors held discussions today (Monday 4 February) with Constitutional Relations Secretary Michael Russell MSP over the potential impact on Orkney of the Brexit process.

04 February 2019
Further Opportunity to Comment on Cursiter Quarry Plans

Orkney Islands Council is providing a further opportunity for the public to view and comment on plans to expand Cursiter Quarry in Firth.

04 February 2019
Kirkwall Street Works Update

The next stage of street improvements in Kirkwall's town centre will get underway next Wednesday (6 Feb).

01 February 2019
‘Not Just Concrete’ at the Orkney Museum

Next Saturday (9 February) sees the opening of a new exhibition at the Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Kirkwall.

01 February 2019
Report highlights success of Highland and Islands colleges

A new report has revealed that 70.3% of full-time students successfully completed their studies at Highlands and Islands colleges in the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

01 February 2019
Papdale drop-in planned

A drop-in event takes place later this week (Friday 1 February) to give people the chance to talk over ideas for the future development of Papdale East Playpark and surrounding footpaths.

28 January 2019
Games residency for island artists

An exciting opportunity is on offer to local artists – an arts residency at this year’s Island Games in Gibraltar.

25 January 2019
Further Stromness road closures next week

Roads in central Stromness will be closed for a short period next week to enable Orkney Islands Council to complete flagstone repairs.

25 January 2019
Campus appoints executive manager

The new Orkney Research and Innovation Campus (ORIC) in Stromness has appointed an executive manager following a recent recruitment campaign.

24 January 2019
Website overhaul beginning soon

A comprehensive makeover of Orkney Islands Council’s website is about to get underway.

23 January 2019
Work at Shapinsay slip starting soon

Work to improve the marshalling and parking areas next to the Shapinsay Slip in Kirkwall is due to start next week.

21 January 2019
OIC makes urgent call for fair ferries funding

Orkney Islands Council is calling on the Scottish Government to honour a commitment to provide fully fair funding for the county’s inter-island ferry service.

21 January 2019
Town centre work getting underway

A temporary one-way system is in place ready for street improvement works to begin in Kirkwall.

16 January 2019
Stromness road closures next week

Roads in central Stromness will be closed for periods of time next week to enable Orkney Islands Council to carry out flagstone repairs.

15 January 2019
Roads close in Stromness for flag repairs

Roads in central Stromness will be closed for periods of time next week to enable Orkney Islands Council to carry out flagstone repairs.

15 January 2019
Round two for Visual Artists and Craft Makers fund

A funding scheme for local artists and craftspeople has reopened for a second round of applications.

15 January 2019
Funding bids invited

A trust fund is inviting applications for support towards educational projects that benefit people in Orkney.

11 January 2019
Christmas tree collection reminder

A Christmas tree collection service for households on the Orkney mainland within 30mph areas will take place in early February.

09 January 2019
Amended Wind Farm Plans Presented in Hoy

Amended plans for a potential Council-owned wind farm in Hoy have been presented to the local community this week.

09 January 2019
Community Transport grant reminder

A grant scheme run by Orkney Islands Council aimed at helping community groups tackle isolation and improve connectivity through transport closes for applications on 1 February.

09 January 2019
New community learning guide 2019

The New Year community learning guide is now available.

08 January 2019
OIC to demolish former Papdale Halls of Residence

Orkney Islands Council has agreed to proceed with plans to demolish the former Papdale Halls of Residence in Kirkwall in order to clear the site for potential development.

08 January 2019
Cruise Passengers rate Kirkwall top destination in Northern Europe

Passengers from one of Europe's most prestigious cruise lines have rated Kirkwall as their top Northern Europe and Scandinavian European cruise destination.

03 January 2019
Public consultation session on Hoy Wind Farm Proposals in the New Year.

A public consultation drop-in session is due to be held in Hoy early in the new year to update the community on plans for a wind farm on the island.

21 December 2018
Convener meets staff delivering a first class Christmas

Council Convener Harvey Johnston visited the Royal Mail’s Kirkwall delivery office today to see first-hand the Christmas post operation and pass on Season’s Greetings to the hardworking staff.

20 December 2018
Community Transport Grant Scheme 2019-2020

Applications are invited to the Community Transport Grant Scheme for 2019/2020.

20 December 2018
Your chance to shape procurement proposals

Feedback is invited to help update the strategy which guides the way Orkney Islands Council procures work, goods and services.

19 December 2018
OIC funding for 2019-2020 announced

Under the draft settlement announced by the Scottish Government, the main funding Orkney Islands Council receives to run services would be £ 74.592 million for 2019-2020.

18 December 2018
Street Works to get Underway in Kirkwall Town Centre

Repaving and street improvement works are due to get underway in the centre of Kirkwall in the new year.

18 December 2018
Ferries funding – OIC response

Orkney Islands Council is to press for additional funding for the county’s internal ferry service.

13 December 2018
Athlete Travel Scheme to reopen in new year

A scheme which has helped eight local athletes with travel costs will open to applications again in the new year.

12 December 2018
Environmental Health team tops public service excellence awards

Orkney Islands Council’s Environmental Health team has picked up ‘Best Performers’ award at a UK-wide event aimed at recognising examples of quality and improved service by local councils.

12 December 2018
Building on Orkney’s strengths for people with learning disabilities

An event later this week will look at how the lives of people with learning disabilities can be improved in Orkney.

12 December 2018
Consultation on Council charges

Feedback is invited on plans to increase or bring in new charges for a number of services provided by Orkney Islands Council.

07 December 2018
Exciting New Period Ahead for Orkney College UHI.

Orkney College UHI is due to welcome a new principal next year.

07 December 2018
Young people travel to Islands Deal discussions

Seven young people from Orkney will travel to Glasgow this weekend for discussions with young people from Shetland on what they’d like to see included in ‘Islands Deal’ proposals – agreements with Scottish and UK governments about investment in their island communities.

07 December 2018
Additional Arts Opportunities for the new Balfour Hospital

Two additional creative arts opportunities have been announced for the new Balfour Hospital.

05 December 2018
Last chance to apply for Farm Diversification funds

A fund aimed at supporting farm diversification projects in Orkney has opened again for a final round of applications.

03 December 2018
Funding for marine environment project

Orkney Islands Council has secured funding worth £119,000 towards a marine environment project.

03 December 2018
Vanishing Point - Paintings by Jeanne B Rose

This Saturday (8th December) sees the opening of a new exhibition at the Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Broad Street, Kirkwall.

30 November 2018
Café stops serving single use plastics

The café at Kirkwall Town Hall and Community Centre has switched to using eco-friendly packaging for the food and drinks it offers.

30 November 2018
Marine Services and Stromness 'Nav School' Team Up for Marine Engineering Course

Orkney Islands Council’s Marine Services and Orkney College UHI’s Maritime Studies Department have teamed up to deliver a new Marine Engineering course at the ‘Nav School’ in Stromness.

29 November 2018
Householders Urged to Make More Use of Civic Amenity Sites Over Christmas Period

Orkney Islands Council is to delay its annual Christmas tree collection dates for properties within the 30mph town speed limits until February.

29 November 2018
Shapinsay school shortlisted for national sport award

Shapinsay Primary are finalists of the Sunday Mail sportscotland Scottish Sport Awards, in the School Sport Award category.

28 November 2018
Spirit of Young People takes flight

Ten young people from Orkney will hop on board a specially chartered flight this week, to join peers from island communities in Shetland and Western Isles at a special Parliamentary Reception hosted by the three islands MSPs to mark Scotland’s Year of Young People.

28 November 2018
Advent Calendar offers Christmas recycling and reuse tips

Orkney Islands Council is launching a waste and recycling Advent Calendar this year aimed at sharing some fun ideas and tips on how to recycle more for a lower-waste Christmas.

28 November 2018
Culture Fund reopens for applications

Orkney Islands Council is inviting applications for its Culture Fund which is aimed at supporting cultural activity in Orkney.

27 November 2018
Countryside access on the agenda at Kirkwall event

Access to the countryside will be under discussion at a conference in Orkney later this week.

26 November 2018
Council signs deal on new pilot vessel

A deal has now been signed for a new pilot launch for Orkney Islands Council's Marine Services.

23 November 2018
OIC Looking to Acquire Islands as Significant Development Opportunity

An offer by Orkney Islands Council to purchase the islands of Faray, Holm of Faray and Red Holm has been accepted.

22 November 2018
Council IT disruption this weekend

Orkney Islands Council is carrying out further repairs this Saturday 24 November to a vital fibre optic link which was damaged on 5 November. The work will take place between 10:00 and 16:00 and will make permanent the emergency repairs put in place in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

22 November 2018
Tree lightings mark start of festive season

Orkney is getting into the festive spirit as the tree lighting season gets underway from this Saturday (24 November).

20 November 2018
Golden performance by School Concert Band

Orkney Schools Concert Band are progressing to the National finals of the Scottish Concert Band Festival, following a golden performance last Sunday night.

20 November 2018
Council seeks to strengthen Scottish Crown Estate Bill

Orkney Islands Council has put forward measures to bolster the Crown Estate Bill during a key stage of its progress through the Scottish Parliament.

19 November 2018
New economic opportunities explored as OIC prepares for Brexit

Orkney is forging new links with Scandinavian and Arctic states as the Islands Council prepares for the impact of Brexit on the county.

19 November 2018
Test for flood defences planned

The new Kirkwall Harbour flood prevention scheme will be tested during an exercise next week.

15 November 2018
OIC Marine Services Report Shows Business is Brisk

The Council’s Marine Services team has released their Annual Report for 2017/18 – and it shows that Harbours activity and income is in very good shape.

15 November 2018
Proposals invited for artwork for new hospital foyer

Proposals are being invited for the main entrance area within the new Balfour Hospital and Healthcare Facility in Kirkwall, Orkney.

15 November 2018
Event Ushers in a New Era for Tourism

Orkney’s first ever Tourism Week is set to take place later this month, with the aim of informing and inspiring both local tourism businesses and the wider community.

14 November 2018
Reminder of changes to refuse and recycling collections for Westray and Shapinsay

Residents and businesses in Westray and Shapinsay are being reminded that changes to their recycling and refuse collections start next week (week starting Monday 19 November).

12 November 2018
Six more community projects awarded LEADER funding

A joint project between Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles is one of the latest community projects to secure support from Orkney Islands Council’s LEADER fund.

12 November 2018
The Way it Was – an exhibition of Victorian photographs

Pictures of the islands by two pioneering photographers are to go on show at the Orkney Museum in Kirkwall.

09 November 2018
Shuttle bus available for Scapa event

A shuttle bus service will operate on Sunday 11 November to help people attend the Armistice Day event at Scapa Beach.

07 November 2018
Remembrance Sunday programme of events

This year’s Remembrance Sunday, November 11, marks the centenary of the Armistice that brought to an end to the hostilities of the Great War. A special programme of events will mark the day.

07 November 2018
Recycling update for Kirkwall Area 2

Orkney Islands Council is advising customers in Kirkwall West and Kirkwall South (Area 2) whose recycling was not collected yesterday (Tuesday 8 November) that they can present their bins again this Friday 9 November.

07 November 2018
Work underway to repair cable damage

Orkney Islands Council is dealing with an incident that has created major IT problems at many of its facilities.

06 November 2018
EV charging points maintenance work taking place

Orkney Islands Council is carrying out important maintenance work on its electrical vehicle charging points recommended by engineers.

06 November 2018
Flotta serviceman to be remembered at Scapa Beach commemoration

A courageous Orkney soldier who lost his life during the First World War has been chosen as the face of Armistice commemorations in the islands.

02 November 2018
Cathedral walls bear witness to special armistice film

The walls of Orkney’s St Magnus Cathedral were transformed this evening as the internationally significant building became the canvas for a short film marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

01 November 2018
News in more detail – travel expenses

A recent Freedom of Information request asked for a breakdown of the expenses claims made by the chief executives of a number of public sector organisations over the last three years.

31 October 2018
Scapa 100 fund launched to help mark scuttling of German fleet

A special fund to help retell the remarkable tale of the scuttling of the German fleet in Scapa Flow almost 100 years ago has been launched by Orkney Islands Council.

29 October 2018
GMB portrait restored thanks to labour of love

One of the best known portraits of George Mackay Brown has been returned to its former glory and has gone on show in Orkney once again.

24 October 2018
Get involved in Pages of the Sea event

Details on how local people can get involved in the Pages of the Sea event taking place on Scapa Beach on Armistice Day have been announced.

22 October 2018
Flagstone Repairs for Stromness

Flagstone repairs are due to be carried out in Stromness this coming week (22 to 26 October) - leading to sections of the street being closed whilst the work takes place.

19 October 2018
Collaborative public artwork to be unveiled at the Lifestyles Pickaquoy Service

A collaborative public artwork created by adults with learning disabilities, professional artists and local community groups in Orkney will be unveiled on Monday (October 22).

19 October 2018
Council’s seabed leasing proposals move to the next stage

Orkney Islands Council has welcomed an invitation to further develop plans for local decision making on seabed leasing in the waters around the county.

16 October 2018
Support to help you make more of going online

An event takes place this week to help people in Orkney make the most of the internet.

15 October 2018
Scapa beach part of Danny Boyle's Armistice Day commission

On 11 November 2018, the public is invited to gather on Scapa beach for an informal, nationwide gesture of remembrance for the men and women who left their home shores during the First World War.

15 October 2018
Armistice programme for Orkney announced

A programme of events in Orkney to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War has been announced.

15 October 2018
Royal Oak Roll of Honour Returns to Orkney

The HMS Royal Oak Roll of Honour has gone back on display at St Magnus Cathedral after conservation work to repair damage to the book.

12 October 2018
Council IT upgrade and disruption this weekend

Orkney Islands Council is advising the public there will be widespread disruption and outages to IT and telephone systems this weekend across all Council offices and facilities, as work to install vital new equipment at the core of the OIC network takes place.

11 October 2018
Council launches recycling survey

Orkney Islands Council has launched a survey into the county’s recycling provision for householders.

10 October 2018
Abattoir Challenge Fund relaunches

Orkney Islands Council is relaunching the Abattoir Challenge Fund.

09 October 2018
Can you challenge poverty this week?

Local people are being asked to keep an eye out for disadvantage in all its guises this Challenge Poverty week.

05 October 2018
Stories of our time by Robinson RR – a new exhibition at Orkney Museum

Next Saturday (13 October) sees the opening of the first autumn/winter 2018 exhibition at the Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Broad Street, Kirkwall.

05 October 2018
Headstones safety work update

The first phase of work to make safe headstones found to be in a dangerous condition has been completed at four kirkyards in Orkney.

04 October 2018

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